Hossegor - highlights
Hossegor is a thriving resort on the south west coast of France, the biggest holiday centre between Biarritz and Arcachon. It is bordered by fresh pine forest
, the Atlantic Ocean with its endless beach
of fine sand, and a popular salt-water tidal lagoon
. All this, with the backdrop of the Pyrénées
on the horizon - it's some setting!
Writers and artists from Biarritz arrived in the early 1900s, settling around the Lac d’Hossegor
to establish an idealistic commune, where they could be inspired by the area and each other. It was during the early 1900s that the first luxury villas were constructed around the golf course
and in the highly prized quartier
between the lagoon and ocean.
Today Hossegor is a prosperous seaside resort, especially popular with a younger crowd because of the superb activities on offer, notably surfing
(we've found that Hossegor is a successful school-holiday destination for families with teenagers and, because of the lagoon, with younger families in June and September).
Much of the town’s modern success is based on the exceptional surf
- Hossegor is the best known surf spot in Europe, with good reason. The swell is aided by the presence of the Fosse de Capbreton, an underwater canyon located 2km offshore.
But there’s much more to Hossegor than just surfing. The long Lac d’Hossegor, which brought the artistic settlers, lies where the River Ardour once flowed. The warm lake is bordered by gentle sands, pine forest, and villas in the local style - this is an excellent spot for younger children to bathe, as the Hossegor surf can be quite unforgiving.
Hossegor - Our Personal Favourites
- A round of golf followed by an afternoon in the surf - bliss
- A lazy afternoon sailing on the lagoon Lac d'Hossegor
- Bike rides in the pine forests with the kids
- Re-visiting our youth at a sea-front night spot, such as Cream Cafe
- People-gazing at the Café de Paris