23 January 2024  |  Sports and leisure

Surfing in Lacanau, Atlantic coast, south west France

Surfing in Lacanau, south west France Lacanau, jewel of the French Atlantic coast, is a must-see destination for surf enthusiasts from around the world. Its endless beaches and ocean waves make this region a paradise for surfing enthusiasts, whatever their level.

1. Alexander Spot

The Alexandre spot is worth it and is accessible on foot or by bike. It is a must for surfers looking for extraordinary waves. Here the atmosphere is warm and the magnificent waves are aimed more at experienced surfers. Getting there: parking located between the town of Carcans and Lacanau near the Etang du Cousseau reserve.

2. The North: A Tireless Right

To the south of the Alexandre lies La Nord, a spot which seduces with its long straight line perfect for surfing. Good atmosphere, very busy. Unlike Alexandre, La Nord is easily accessible by car, offering convenience to surfers transporting their boards. Ideal for beginners and intermediate surfers. Getting there: north beach parking.

3. L'Écureuil; Tranquility and Conviviality

Nestled to the south of the Central Beach, l'Écureuil also called south beach is renowned for its tranquility. Surfers from all walks of life meet here to enjoy an extraordinary spot. It is very busy. Respect priorities carefully. Don’t hesitate to talk with the locals to discover the subtleties of this secret place.

4. The Barrier: A Challenge for Adventurers

La Barrière, popular with experienced surfers in the region, is a spot exclusively accessible on foot or by bike. Renowned spot in Lacanau, La Barrière is ideal for seasoned riders.

5. Pharaoh Beach

If you are looking for peace and quiet, this beach is ideal. It is very little frequented. Surfing for all levels, be careful it is far from the aid stations. Getting there: Lion car park, southern end of Lacanau.

Also, the Lacanau surf spots offer a unique experience for all surfing enthusiasts. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, the diversity of waves and the unique atmosphere of each spot make Lacanau a destination of choice on the world surfing map.

Do you want to learn to surf?

Magic Surf School Lacanau

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Address: 10 route du Lion, 33680 Lacanau-Océan

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Virginie Erre

After gaining a Masters Degree from the Panthéon Sorbonne, I worked as a real-estate agent for luxury properties and now am a manager with Pure France high quality holiday rentals. I am also a yoga instructor.

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