Aquitaine is uniquely blessed for sailing owing to the presence of its vast freshwater lakes, as well as the ocean. Whether it's cruising along the Cote Basque, or sailing one of the 'great lakes', you are spoilt for choice.
For visitors wishing to take control of the rudder themselves, Aquitaine's great lakesoffer brilliant sailing, whether you are bringing your own boat or hiring one locally > sailing lakes in Aquitaine
Ocean Sailing in Aquitaine
At a handful of our top-end villa rentals, staff can arrange sailing excursions for you - Villa la Tosca is a good example, conveniently located on the Bassin d'Arcachonand ideal for exploring by sea the Cap Ferret peninsula, Banc d'Arguin and Dune du Pilat.
Sailing on Aquitaine's 'Great Lakes'
The Google image shows the 5 main lakes in the norther half of Aquitaine. It also illustrates their size: the area of Bordeaux can be seen on the right hand edge (at the foot of the Gironde estuary) - the Bassin d'Arcachon covers an area approximately the same size as France's 2nd city! The northern-most lake,Carcans-Hourtin, is actually France's longest lake.
Further south there's Aureilhan, Leon and Soustons to name just three; all are smaller lakes but no less beautiful and they too offer sailing facilities including places to launch.
In the table below we've provided some resources for planning your sailing adventure on Aquitaine's lakes. At these venues, you can hire all sorts of sailing craft including optimists and catamarans, or you can bring your own vessel.
Also, for further info including a full list of boating harbours and further web links, try the Aquitaine Tourist Board's Sailing Page.
And the sailing afficiondos should consult the French Federation of Sailing website. This has a helpful listing of clubs by region and a helpful map to hone in on the area of interest. Training with FFV affiliated clubs is quality approved but don't expect courses in English.