Hossegor Visitor Guide

 
 

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But before you start - a word of advice.... parking is very difficult in July and August especially. The main route north-south (RN10) is best avoided in the summer, particularly on Saturdays. You’ll soon discover the back roads and miss the worst of the traffic. Our advice is get on your bike - it'll be worth it!

 

This exciting stretch of golden Atlantic beach can be pounded by the famous rollers, so be sure to only swim in the areas protected by lifeguards, designated by flags, and look out for rips. You may choose to avoid, or you may choose to actively seek, the Plage des Naturistes – for naked bathing.

The gentle beaches on the side of the inland Lac d’Hossegor are much calmer, and are perfect for young children, the warm salt water creating tiny waves. There's sandy coves and a play area for young ones.

But if you’re in Hossegor, there’s a good chance that you’ve come to surf. There are several places to pick up good waves here including Les Estagnots, Les Culs Nuls (“The Bare Bums”!) the mighty La Gravière (for tube-riding) and L’Epi Nord. The last two are strictly for those who know what they’re doing, which rules us out. Being such a renowned surf location, Hossegor can get busy, so be prepared to wait your turn.

It’s a good idea to check with the local surf schools, to get an idea about conditions and local rules. The following surf schools are a good place to start:
Hossegor Surf Club
Capbreton Surf Club

If Hossegor’s too busy (or too big) for surfing, there are plenty of other breaks nearby. See our guide to surfing in Aquitaine for more information.
 

Along one side of the Lac d’Hossegor, a seemingly endless list of watersports competes for your attention. You can hire equipment and take lessons in: windsurfing, yachting, kayaking, sailing, kite surfing, wake-boarding (a surfboard pulled by a motorboat) and more. The Bowers (2010) recommend a canoe trip from the Pins Bleus campsite at Labenne - €15 for a 2 hour trip. 

For watersports requiring less effort, there's a marina at Capbreton from where there are excursions and deep-sea fishing trips.

For golfers, there's the nearby monster Seignosse Golf Club - one of Europe's finest, plus Hossegor Golf Club, another fine course. For more information visit our golf in Aquitaine page.

Hossegor is a great place to see ‘Pelote Basque’. Similar to but more lethal than squash, the most dramatic variation of the game is played on giant courts - opponents fire a hard ball at a high wall using a huge hooked glove, causing the ball to travel at incredible speeds. Other variations of the game include bare hand, which is played throughout the Basque country. In Hossegor there are two courts near the casino, and another in the Parc Municipal des sports, with weekly games to watch at Sporting Casino.

Another rare sport to see near Hossegor (at St Vincent de Tyrosse) is ‘Course Landaise’, fortnightly throughout July, and weekly in August. Course Landaise is similar to bull-fighting, but more humane. Cows are used rather than bulls; and it is not a fight to the death. The object is to annoy the beast and survive - instead of fighting and killing the beast, the idea is to dodge and even jump over it. Sometimes members of the audience can be invited to participate!

Ask at the Hossegor Tourist Office about street events (which are planned almost daily). If you’re around in late April you may catch the weekend kite festival, late August sees the Hossegor Rip Curl Pro World Surfing Championship and in September it's the Quiksilver Pro surf event.

Children’s Tourist Attractions
Bike rental is a nice relaxed way for the whole family to get to know Hossegor and neighbouring Capbreton early in your visit, while you consider activities for the week ahead.

The Pinède des Singes is a wooded area 8km south of Capbreton, where monkeys imported from Java walk around freely. Our monkeys had great fun when we visited.

The Atlantic Water Park in nearby Seignosse (to the north) has water games, slides and whirlpools for all ages from 3yrs.

Near Vieux-Boucau, Tropica Parc is an open-air tropical garden with a distinctly Asian flavour. Birdsong is everywhere, as is the scent and sight of Asian plants and spices, even Indonesian bicycles and Balinese houses. There are also animal enclosures with animals including dwarf zebras and donkeys.

At Capbreton discover the Eco-Museum of the Sea and Fishing.

Shopping
There are several market days in Hossegor during high season. The generally young crowd means that there are pletny of fashion shops and surf boutiques to choose between including factory outlets at Soorts.

The maritime heritage of the region ensures some excellent seafood is to be had. Neighbouring Capbreton is a great place to find good restaurants - the fish market means there's plenty of fresh seafood at the hotels and restaurants.  For oyster-tasting, there are several 'shacks' at the top-end of the lagoon (Seignosse end). 
 

Oyster shack Hossegor

Oyster-tasting in Hossegor

Our top recommendations for great places to eat in the area are:

Lou Cabana - a fabulous beach shack at Plage Culs Nus serving simple, fresh dishes.  Perfect for couples at lunchtime or sunset.

La Pêcherie Ducamp - Capbreton is the place for fresh seafood and this eatery by the fish market is the locals' choice.

Le Napoli - when it's an informal, family-friendly venue that's needed, Le Napoli's pizzas are hard to beat.  Near Plage Centrale.

L'Etiquette -  for an apéro and a little sophistication.  Also, you can stock up on a few bottles from their excellent cave to help lubricate your holiday!  Place des Pins Tranquilles, town centre

Heads Brewery - the former Crème Café at Bourdaines has been re-invented as a micro-brewery/café-bar/live music venue.  The burgers are fantastic.

Louvine Collective - healthy bites and a cool clothing collection too!  This place is pure Hossegor.  45 ave. du Penon.


Also highly recommended are:

Belharra Café - right on the beach front next to the casino, this café has stunning sea views and a great menu with plenty of choice, all served up by efficient and friendly staff!

Le Tetrade - a great seafood restaurant overlooking Hossegor lake.  Children are welcome, but it's better for a night out when you've booked the babysitter!  An upmarket restaurant with white tablecloths, great seafood platters and lots of set price menus.  Or try the all-you-can-eat seafood buffet on Thursday nights.  We recommend booking in advance and asking for a table on the upstairs terrace - but don't forget the mosquito repellent!

For casual, laid-back dining, try the Oyster Cabanes at the top of the lake.  Enjoy the sunset with a bottle of wine, oysters, prawns or Bayonne ham.  But be warned - there's nothing else on the menu!

The Deck - an English-run restaurant on the port of Capbreton, with a large terrace and well-priced lunchtime set menu. There's an oyster bar here too.  

Le Petit Pêcheur - for a typical French restaurant. Nothing fancy, but the service is friendly and the fresh fish portions are large.  The lunchtime menu starts from €13, with house sangria, starter, main, dessert and a pichet of wine all included in the price!

 

And if that's not enough - here are some more suggestions to try out:

Degustation du Lac - for good, all-round fare.  1830 ave du Touring Club, Hossegor (drive to Seignosse on the east side of the lagoon and it's on the right - red & white, lots of tables and parking opposite) - sea-food is a speciality. 

Le Pave du Port, La Pêcherie II Mille Sabords Port de Plaisance, Capbreton - quality seafood and highly rated by locals

Pêcheries Ducamp, 4 rue de Port d'Albret, Capbreton (walk up the port towards the headland and it's off a sidestreet to the left) - converted fishmongers, beautifully prepared dishes and the fish is excellent.

Regalty, Port de Plaisance, Capbreton - excellent fish dishes in the heart of the fishermens' quartier

Rock Food, Place des Landais, Hossegor - bar-restaurant and surfer-dude hang-out

Hôtel-Bar-Restaurant du Rond Point, 866 ave du Touring Club, Hossegor (on the roundabout as you exit Hossegor towards Seignosse, has a big car park) - famous for its oysters. "Great steaks and the best frites in France - enjoy dining with the locals in an old-fashioned diner"

Sporting Grill, 119 ave Maurice Martin - located at the casino, enjoy food on the terrace

La Station, avenue du Tour du Lac, Seignosse 05 58 41 04 33.

La Vie en Rose, 51 ave du Penon, Les Estagnots - French fusion bar restaurant-pizzeria.
 
La Station at the Seignosse end of Lac d'Hossegor has a great views of the lake whilst you enjoy your meal.


Of course, these days TripAdvisor is a good resource for researching places to eat. The Top 3 Most Popular Restaurants in Seignosse (as of April 2017) are:
Ranked #1 Les Mets d'Alice
Ranked #2 Le Rayon Vert
Ranked #3 Louvine (see above)

The Place des Landais is the main focus for night-owls – a square by the sea where everyone gathers throughout the day and evenings. Bistros, bars, ice-cream parlours, restaurants and wine-bars plus nightclubs too. Dick's Sand Bar is the best-known of all.

Further up the coast in nearby Seignosse, Lou Traouc is another popular nightclub (Route du Vieux Boucau). This vast club boasts big bay windows and an outdoor pool (closed Oct-Mar). Another favourite in Seignosse at Plage Bourdaines is Cream Café - this place features some great live music and you can often see surf pros hanging out here.

For a more mature crowd, try Le Tilt, a charming cellar-bar run by a couple of lively Brazillian women (366 ave du Touring Club de France).

The Casino Barrière d’Hossegor is open until very, very late, and features 50 slot machines, tennis courts, mini-golf, and a nightclub, amongst other things.

If culture's more your thing, the Écomusée de la Pêche et de la Mer concentrates on the marine geology and the history of fishing industry around Capbreton. It contains an aquarium, model ships, fossils, and shells. The terrace has a fantastic panoramic view of the area.
 

For day trips to explore the region, there’s a number of other resorts, towns and villages worth visiting. 

» In the French Basque Country, there's BiarritzSt Jean de Luz, Bayonne, Bidart & Guethary and the pretty villages of SareAinhoaAscain and Espelette.

» The proximity of Spain is a real bonus. A day in San Sebastian sampling its beaches, shopping and superb cuisine is a must. There’s the Guggenheim museum in the up-and-coming Bilbao, plus the infamous streets of Pamplona to explore.

» Explore the lakes of la Côte Landaise. Travelling just north of Hossegor towards Soustons, look out for the charming Étang Blanc (‘White Lake’ – due to its fine sandy bottom), bordered by fishermen’s huts. The narrow road takes you through wonderful countryside and along the tempting shoreline. The smaller Étang Noir (‘Black Lake’ – named after its black mud) is classified as a nature reserve. Elevated walkways give you a closer look at the many varieties of fish and migratory birds. The delightful Étang de Soustons (Soustons Lake) is surrounded by reeds and thick pine woods, where you can enjoy a light walk and picnic by the water’s edge.

» A short drive to the south east of Hossegor, inland from Labenne is the Orx Marsh nature reserve -Réserve Naturelle de Marais D’Orx. This nesting site for migratory birds covers 800 hectares of marshland, meadows and farmland. The area is most dramatic in October and November, when thousands of birds call in on their way south, including geese and teal who stay for the winter. In Spring you can see spoonbill, heron and egret. Through the visitor centre, you can access a number of walkways to see a corner of the reserve.

For further tourist information about the local areas beyond Hossegor, please browse our region guides: 
» Landes Coast
» France Basque Coast
» Pyrénées

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