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November 14, 2023

Côte d’Argent: discover Aquitaine’s exceptional coastline

Cote d'Argent decouverte Littoral Exceptionnel

The Côte d’Argent is an Atlantic coastline in southwestern France, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It stretches some 230 km from the Gironde estuary to the Adour estuary, encompassing the Landes and Gironde departments. The coastline owes its name to the silvery color of its ocean, which enhances its fine sandy beaches. If you’re looking for an ideal seaside vacation destination, the Côte d’Argent is the place for you! Book a stay at our campsite in the Landes and explore this extraordinary coastline.

History of the Côte d’Argent

Appearance of the Côte d’Argent

The name ” Côte d’Argent ” was first mentioned in the 19th century, and initially referred to only part of today’s coastline. It was in 1905 that journalist and poet Maurice Martin referred to the entire coastline of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region as the “Côte d’Argent”, in tribute to the superb silvery reflections of its ocean.


Historical events on the Côte d’Argent

The Côte d’Argent has been the scene of many historic events, including the Allied landings at Soulac-sur-Mer during the Second World War. Discover this region steeped in history through its monuments, museums, archaeological sites and traditions. Don’t miss this splendid coastline on your vacation in south-west France, with its must-see towns such as Mimizan, Arcachon, Lacanau and Hourtin!

Places to discover on a vacation in the heart of the Côte d’Argent

The Côte d’Argent offers a diversity of landscapes and places to visit on a vacation with family, lovers or friends. Among the must-sees on this New Aquitaine coastline are :

  • Arcachon, the pearl of the basin, with its mild climate, Pilat Dune, oyster huts and 19th-century villas.
  • Mimizan, the family-friendly seaside resort with its beach, lake, flower-filled promenade and UNESCO World Heritage-listed bell tower.
  • Hourtin, the nature town that invites you to relax, with its lake, nature reserve, children’s island and ocean beach.
  • Lacanau, the sports town, offers a wide range of water sports such as surfing, sailing, kite-surfing and paddle-boarding, as well as cycle paths, golf courses and hiking trails.
  • Other communes, such as Biscarrosse, Contis, Capbreton, Hossegor, Seignosse, Vieux-Boucau or Messanges, each offer their own charm and uniqueness.

When you stay on the Côte d’Argent, you’ll also be close to Bordeaux, the Gironde’s must-see city, with its architecture, gastronomy, vineyards and cultural life.

Things to do (water and land) on the Côte d’Argent

The Côte d’Argent is a paradise for thrill-seekers and families looking for an unforgettable vacation in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It offers a wide range of activities on the beach or in the forest, suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Water sports on the Côte d’Argent

Surfing is an essential sport on the Côte d’Argent, made possible by the coast’s impressive waves. Numerous surf schools offer lessons and courses along the coast, as well as equipment for hire.
Sailing, catamarans, kite-surfing, paddleboarding and kayaking let you enjoy the wind and the water, on the ocean or on the lake. Nautical clubs offer introductions, rentals and supervised outings to practice this sport in the heart of the privileged nature of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Land-based activities on the Côte d’Argent

Cycling is the ideal way to discover the Côte d’Argent, with over 1,000 km of cycle paths through forests, dunes, marshes and villages. Bicycle rental companies are available in all communes.
Hiking, walking or horse-riding offer opportunities to recharge your batteries while admiring the flora and fauna in protected natural areas such as the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park, the courant d’Huchet nature reserve or the Certes et Graveyron estate.

Finally, culture, history and gastronomy can be discovered through guided tours, museums, monuments, festivals, markets, tastings and workshops. There are many towns to discover along this New Aquitaine coastline.

Find a campsite on the Côte d’Argent

To make the most of the Côte d’ Argent and its exceptional natural beauty, there’s nothing like staying in a friendly, comfortable and economical campsite. There are many campsites on the Côte d’Argent offering a variety of services and facilities to suit every taste and budget. These include our 5-star campsite in the Landes. Our Nouvelle-Aquitaine estate offers mobile homes and camping pitches for tents, caravans or motorhomes. It also boasts a water park with swimming pool, artificial lagoon and wellness area, as well as a restaurant and evening entertainment. Located in the heart of nature and close to the seaside, it’s the ideal base for exploring the Côte d’Argent (Mimizan, Hourtin, Lacanau, Arcachon…). It’s also close to the Landes forest, where you can enjoy beautiful walks and bike rides. Our family-run campsite offers a wide range of activities for children, including a kids’ club, playground, mini-golf and trampoline. It’s the ideal place to spend an unforgettable vacation on the Côte d’Argent.

The Côte d’Argent is a splendid coastline in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, offering a wealth of opportunities for leisure, relaxation and discovery. It’s a destination not to be missed, whether you’re alone, a couple, friends or family. Book your stay on the Côte d’Argent now and discover tourism in the Landes, an emblematic département in south-west France! Our campsite is delighted to welcome you to this exceptional region near the Basque Country.