THE SOUTH WEST OF FRANCE

WHY CHOOSE THE SOUTH WEST

The South West region of France has become increasingly popular holiday destination over the past few years. One of the reasons for this is that it enjoys a Mediterranean type climate without any of the crowds of the South of France. The region is characterised by sprawling Pine forest, some of the world’s largest sand dunes and unbeatable surfing conditions.

Travel inland to explore the world famed Cognac distillery, while two hours further south takes you to the prestigious vineyards
of Bordeaux.

The eternally fashionable resort of Biarritz is set amidst the soaring Pyrenees and is an authentic experience in terms of its distinctive culture, ancient folklore and time-held traditions

CAMPSITES IN THE SOUTH WEST

How To Get There By Ferry

ROSCOFF:

MARENNES 518 km/6hr 30
ROYAN 534 km/6hr 40
LABENNE OCEAN 
845 km/8hr
BIDART 
867 km/10hr

ST. MALO

MARENNES 379 km/4hr 40
ROYAN 395 hr/5hr
LABENNE OCEAN 
681km/ 8hr 30
BIDART 
703 km/ 8h 40

CHERBOURG

MARENNES 542 km/6h 40
ROYAN 557km/ 7hr
LABENNE OCEAN 
869 km/10hr 50
BIDART 
891 km/11hr

CALAIS

MARENNES 751 km/7hr 15
ROYAN 792 km/8hr 15
LABENNE OCEAN 
1041 km/10hr 30
BIDART 
1065 km/11hr

How To Get There By Air

LA ROCHELLE

MARENNES 62 km/45mins
ROYAN 77 km/1hr

BIARRITZ

LABENNE OCEAN 23km/30min
BIDART 7 km/10mins

NANTES

MARENNES 196 km/2hr 30
ROYAN 212 km/2hr 40

BILBAO

LABENNE OCEAN 169km/2hr
BIDART 142 km/3hr 45

BORDEAUX

MARENNES160 km/2hr 
ROYAN
179 km/2hr 10
LABENNE OCEAN 
174km/2hr

BIDART 
196 km/2hr 25

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTH WEST

  • LA PALMYRE ZOO. One of Europe’s premier zoos. A really good family day out with lots of animals in natural surroundings.
  • ILE D’OLERON. You can reach France’s second largest island by bridge and discover the bird sanctuaries and unspoilt beaches.
  • COGNAC. This small port set on the Charente river is home to the famous Hennessy and Martell distilleries.
  • BORDEAUX. A haven for wine lovers. A visit to this famous city wouldn’t be complete without seeing the renowned Chateau Margaux and Mouton Rothschild vineyards.
  • LOURDES. This world famous centre of pilgrimage is only two hours from Biarritz.
  • ST. JEAN DE LUZ. This lively and colourful fishing town is the venue for many ‘corridas’ and folklore displays throughout the summer months.

PLACES TO SEE… THINGS TO DO…

MARENNES & ROYAN

  • Ile d’Oléron
  • Oyster tasting at nearby Marennes
  • Medieval town of Saintes
  • Green Venice’
  • Zoo at La Palmyre
  • Aquarium at La Rochelle
  • La Rochelle
  • Hippodrome in La Palmyre every Sunday in August
  • Cognac – home of the famous Hennessy brandy
  • Luna Park (high season)

BIARRITZ

  • The Pyrenees Mountains
  • Water-rafting in the Pyrenees Mountains
  • Spain – San Sebastian is only 73 km
  • St. Jean de Luz
  • Capbreton Port and Museum
  • Lourdes – Centre of Christian Pilgrimage 170 km
  • The picturesque seaside resort of Hossegor

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