The unmissable attractions of Hourtin: its market, its family village, its marina, its lake and its beaches…

Hourtin
The unmissable attrac ...

Hourtin is a premier seaside destination on the Atlantic coast in Gironde. It's a good place, it's pretty, family-friendly and all the attractions come together for a great stay. Do you like small, friendly villages and market delicacies? Do you like cycling, taking the time to live? Do you like walks, going to the beach, eating an ice cream while walking around a pretty marina? Water activities, beach games, in short, vacations? We give you a myriad of good reasons to come to Hourtin!

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Campsite l'Orée du Bois

Campsite l'Orée du Bois
Campsite l'Orée du Bois

Come and find peace and quiet at our 3-star L'Orée du Bois campsite in the heart of the seaside resort of Hourtin. ...

1,6 km - Hourtin

Camping Domaine La Résinière

Camping Domaine La Résinière
Camping Domaine La Résinière

Le Domaine de la Résinière, a 4* campsite with heated swimming pool in Gironde Calm and relaxation are the key ...

1,7 km - Hourtin

Au Bois Flotté

Au Bois Flotté
Au Bois Flotté

Come and stay in one of our 5 guest rooms ideally located on the Route des Lacs, near Lake Hourtin and the ocean. ...

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Hourtin city

The best things to do on vacation in Hourtin

  1. Take your bike to get around and experience a green slow-tourism vacation
  2. Eat oysters at the market on Thursday morning
  3. Take a boat trip on Lake Hourtin (pedal boat, canoe or kayak works too)
  4. Eating an ice cream on the port of Hourtin while wondering which boat you would like to have!
  5. Go play on the children's island, in summer take to the inflatable games on the lake!

Hourtin port pier


a stay in Hourtin, with family and at the market!

There are destinations that are more family-friendly than others: Hourtin brings together all the aspects of a perfect destination for children. Like several seaside towns in the region, its village is decentralized from its beach and its lake: Hourtin is a large town, but you can get around easily by bike thanks to the secure cycle path. Hourtin town is in the middle of pine trees, there are housing estates and pretty residences all around a small village arranged on the outskirts of its church. No exceptional heritage, but practicality, a sweetness of living there. There you will find the Tourist Office, a supermarket, local shops and personal and home services (hairdresser, laundromat, beautician, etc.). It is an ideal resort for a beach holiday near Bordeaux, because everything is close, Hourtin is in a central position!

Hourtin City church
Bikes in Hourtin

La Canaulaise

La Canaulaise
La Canaulaise

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La Mancine Laulan

La Mancine Laulan
La Mancine Laulan

La Mancine Laulan offers you its table d'hôtes, only for you dear customers who stay with us, and only for dinner. ...

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Miam-Miam Glou-Glou

Miam-Miam Glou-Glou
Miam-Miam Glou-Glou

Want to eat at a good price/quality ratio? The Yum-Yum Glou-Glou is here! On site or to take away Come and taste our ...

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The great thing about Hourtin is its superb market! In the church square, dozens of stands are gathered for the big Thursday morning market, which takes place all year round. In summer, there is also a market on Tuesday and Saturday. Stalls of fruit, vegetables, cakes, breads, ready meals, world specialties, clothes, bags, personal and kitchen equipment... The Hourtin market is really well stocked and you will find everything there. which you need. And the best of the best? Come and taste oysters and a nice glass of white wine. That’s the good life!

From Hourtin, you can easily reach Lake Hourtin and its port by bike (2.5km). By car (or by bike, but it's 12km), you can reach Hourtin beach, we will talk about it in another article.

Hourtin market
Hourtin market
Hourtin market
Hourtin market
Hourtin market

The Lake and Port of Hourtin

Get on the bike or sneakers and head towards Lake Hourtin and more particularly its port. Lake Hourtin is quite simply the largest freshwater lake in France. It is gigantic, but it has the advantage of being protected from the waves, it is ideal for children to swim on the beaches of the lake in complete peace of mind. This large lake also straddles the commune of Carcan. On the lake, a multitude of activities can take place: boat trips, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up-paddle, buoy rides, pedal boat rides, kitesurfing, fishing...

Click to see the beaches of Hourtin ! On the lake and at the ocean


Hourtin Lake

Cardin Equestrian Center

Cardin Equestrian Center
Cardin Equestrian Center

The Cardin Equestrian Center is located in an exceptional setting, in the heart of the forest. The cavalry is ...

1,7 km - Hourtin

Excursion aboard the Vagabond du Lac

Excursion aboard the Vagabond du Lac
Excursion aboard the Vagabond du Lac

For unforgettable walks on Lake Hourtin. Ideally located in Hourtin Port from the jetty and very easy to access, you ...

2,4 km - Hourtin

Sea Fly

Sea Fly
Sea Fly

For unforgettable trips on Lake Hourtin, Sea Fly offers you a recent range of boats for hire, with or without a ...

2,4 km - Hourtin


The eastern shores of the lake are classified as a Sensitive Natural Area, which shows their beauty and ecological interest!

Lake Hourtin, which is more than 18km long, was first formed with the creation of a sand dune, pushed by the wind coming from the sea, a very long time ago. The space formed in the hollow of the dune was gradually filled with sediments, which made the bottom layer impermeable, allowing the accumulation of rainwater and runoff. Time did its job and the lake was born! Did you know that Lake Hourtin has a maximum depth of 11m? On average it is 2 to 4m, that's very little! You can fish for zander, carp, pike, etc. there.

Hourtin Lake Port
Hourtin Lake Beach


Are you on vacation with the children in Hourtin? Take them to explore Children’s Island. On the right of the port, there is a grassy area dedicated to children and sports activities! Playgrounds, giant wooden castle! You can cycle on the pump track, walk on the trails. There are footbridges to reach the edges of the lake and pretty little intimate beaches. The water is not salty on the lake and there are no tides. There is also the small fishing village of Piqueyrot, we will talk about it in another article.

Children's Island Castle
hourtin inflatable water games
Boat trip
Swimming in Lake Hourtin


We love going to the end of the pier by bike or on foot, we embrace all the grandeur of the lake. We see seagulls, fishermen, sportsmen... It's a little part of the world. We wish you happy holidays in Hourtin!


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Hourtin port pier


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