Vieux-Boucau - old estuary in the local dialect - and Port-d'Albret, which is part of the small town, should have been one of the most important ports in France, for in medieval times it was on the estuary of the river Adour. But the river was diverted to flow to Bayonne in 1578, and the town's fortunes disappeared with the river.
Today little remains to suggest its medieval importance, but it has developed into a pleasant tourist resort that has maintained its charm, despite the growth of its population of 1,300 to 40,000 in the peak of summer.
A major attraction is the salt water lagoon covering 60ha - 148 acres which lies between coastal sands and the pines. The saltwater is topped up each day via a dam and system of lock gates as the tides rise and fall.
|Wind-surfing on both lake and sea ||Water Sports|
|NB: Motor driven water sports are not allowed on the lake.|
|Large lake naturally fed by sea ||Lakes|
|Particularly pleasant for those people looking for peace and calm - motor boats are forbidden.|
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