Carcans tourism and travel guide

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Visit Carcans: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Although small, Carcans-Plage is one of our favourite beach resorts in the Medoc

Carcans is situated in the Gironde department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Carcans. For detailed visitor information see the Carcans travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Carcans in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Hourtin at 12 km and Vertheuil at 25 km.

Carcans, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 11 km (direction south-south-west)

The resort of Lcanau Ocean is the most important coastal resort on the Medoc...

See Lacanau guide


Seaside resort at 12 km (direction south-south-west)

As well as its long beach, Hourtin also has the largest lake in France...

See Hourtin guide


at 25 km (direction north-east)

In this tiny village you can see Vertheuil Abbey and also the ruins of...

See Vertheuil guide


at 27 km (direction east-north-east)

The small town of Pauillac is best known for the surrounding wine chateaux such...

See Pauillac guide


at 27 km (direction north-north-east)

A small town in Medoc, at Lesparre-Medoc you can see the remains of a...

See Lesparre-Medoc guide


at 29 km (direction east)

The village and region here are known worldwide because of the prestigious wines from...

See Margaux guide


at 30 km (direction east)

The town of Blaye is well known because of the extensive citadel and fortifications...

See Blaye guide


Seaside resort at 31 km (direction east)

The resort of Montaliver has a 12 kilometre beach, and has been popular since...

See Montalivet guide


at 37 km (direction south)

Andernos-les-Bains is a pleasant seaside town on the Bassin d'Arcachon in SW France....

See Andernos-les-Bains guide


at 39 km (direction south)

While Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc would not be considered a tourist destination, you might like to stop...

See Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc guide
Les Bassins des Lumieres

Les Bassins des Lumieres

at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

The Bassins des Lumierès is the largest digital art installation in the world and...

See Les Bassins des Lumieres guide


at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

Chartrons is an attractive quarter of Bordeaux...

See Bordeaux-Chartrons guide
Musée des Beaux Arts

Musée des Beaux Arts

Museum at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

The Musée des Beaux Arts of Bordeaux has an interesting collection of fine art...

See Musée des Beaux Arts guide


at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

Bordeaux is an unmissable town, one of the most lively and interesting in France...

See Bordeaux guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Gironde

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Map of places to visit near Carcans


Markets in and near Carcans

Market days in Carcans: seasonal market: Wednesday;

  • Carcans: market Wednesday - seasonal market only (0km)
  • Lacanau: market Wednesday (11km)
  • Hourtin: market Saturday & Tuesday & Thursday - seasonal market only (12km)
  • Castelnau-de-Medoc: market Sunday (20km)
  • Blaye: market Wednesday & Saturday (30km)
  • Lege-Cap-Ferret: market every day except Thursday - seasonal market only (33km)
  • Ares: market Tuesday (36km)
  • Blanquefort: market Saturday (37km)
  • Andernos-les-Bains: market Tuesday & Friday & (38km)
  • Eysines: market Sunday (38km)

More information about Carcans, Aquitaine

Tourist attractions near Carcans, France

What to do at Carcans? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Carcans.

Heritage sites

National Monuments

  • Cave Pair-non-Pair (43km)
  • Pey-Berland Tower (46km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château Lanessan (25km)
  • Parcs et jardins du château de Beaulon (47km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Bec d'Ambès (35km)
  • Île aux Oiseaux (Gironde) (44km)
  • Domaine de Certes (44km)
  • Bassin d'Arcachon (45km)
  • Forêt de la Lande (54km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Bordeaux Pessac (41km)

Geography and distances

Carcans is in the south-west of France at 45 kilometres from Bordeaux, the department capital (general information: Carcans is 492 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Carcans

Canton: Saint-Laurent-Médoc

Arrondissement: Lesparre-Médoc

Department: Gironde

Region: Aquitaine

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 33121

Distance to Carcans

from Bordeaux (prefecture): 45 km

from Paris: 492 km

from Calais: 687 km

from Nice: 678 km

from Bordeaux: 46 km

from Strasbourg: 773 km

Getting here

Most visitors will fly into Bordeaux airport (or Bergerac) while drivers should allow 7-8 hours driving time from the ports at Le Havre or Cherbourg. For driving distances to Carcans from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have found no other towns and villages within

This page in French: Visiter Carcans