Atlantic coast beaches and coastal resorts
Through the Poitou-Charentes region, including the popular destination at Ile-de-Ré, and on south of Arcachon, all the way down to Biarritz and St Jean de Luz, there are many long sandy unspoiled beaches along the Atlantic coast of France.
Some of the finest surfing beaches in Europe are found in this region, especially around Biarritz and along the southern part of this stretch of Atlantic coast. The beaches attract many international standard surfers, because of the waves that come in from the Atlantic.
To the north of this long stretch lies La Rochelle and St-Martin-de-Ré, on a coast that continues down to Royan and is known as the 'Cote de Beauté' - north of the Gironde Estuary.
South of the Gironde there is almost an unbroken line of beaches continuing to Spain, although a large part of the coast is hard to access, being behind the pine forests of the Landes region.
North of Arcachon the resorts include Lacanau (and Lacanau Ocean), then continuing south are the popular beach resorts between Soulac and Capbreton including Biscarosse, then Mimizan, also Moliets, Contis and Hossegor.
The stretch of Atlantic coast in Aquitaine is known as the Cote d'Argent, becoming the Cote Basque further south around Biarritz e.g. Anglet and St Jean de Luz. Even further south towards the Spanish border are Ciboure and Hendaye