The Most Untamed Beaches of South-West France

Most of the beaches in the South-West are located on the Silver Coast along the Atlantic coast, specifically in Gironde, in the Landes and in the Pyrénées Atlantiques. Even though these three departments are sparsely urbanized along the Atlantic coast and most of the beaches are unspoilt, some are entirely deserted. Let's explore the 6 most untamed beaches in the South-West, starting with Gironde.

Jenny Beach at Le Porge

Jenny Beach - an endless sandy beach

Access to Jenny Beach is through a dense forest and dune area. It stretches for several kilometers and is absolutely beautiful. The left side is a supervised naturist beach, while the right side is an unsupervised regular beach.

Grand Crohot Beach at Cap Ferret

Grand Crohot at Cap Ferret

Located at Lège-Cap-Ferret, close to the town center and also not far from neighboring towns, Grand Crohot Beach is particularly renowned and frequented. Authentic, it is characterized by the presence of dunes sheltering a bunker. Decked paths make it accessible. Several kilometers long, its size is appreciated by all. There is ample parking and a restaurant nearby. In the summer, it has a supervised area.

Now, let's move on to the charm of the Landes...

The Courant d’Huchet Beach

Beach with the Huchet stream in the South-West

The Huchet stream belongs to the nature reserve of Moliets-et-Maa, marked by a fantastic variety of landscapes and beautiful panoramas characterized by a multitude of colors. The stream winds its way to the Atlantic on the beach. Its mouth divides the beach in two. To the north, after the stream, we find ourselves on the much-anticipated deserted beach, bordered by dunes and serenely calm. Between the blue of the water, the green of the vegetation, and the white sand, the color contrast is striking. The stream is signposted in town. Access is via Embouchure Street where easy parking is available on a free lot.

Lespecier Beach in Mimizan

Untamed beach in the Landes at Mimizan

The Lespecier Beach, which is located south of Mimizan beach, is the wildest in the area. Close to the state forest, it is bordered by a beautiful dune covered in vegetation. Despite its wild character, it is accessible to people with reduced mobility, has bathrooms, and is supervised in summer.

The Casernes Beach in Seignosse

Wild beach of Seignosse - The Casernes

Among the most beautiful beaches of the Landes, the Casernes beach, a large expanse of preserved white sand, is completely empty off-season. Far from the city center, it is not one of the most visited, even in summer despite its supervision.

Lafitenia Beach in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Lafitenia in Saint Jean de Luz - the wildest beach around Biarritz

The wild sandy Lafitenia beach is particularly pleasant. Surrounded by green-covered cliffs and nestled in a beautiful arc, it features rocks. It is among the favorite beaches of surfers due to its current. It is supervised in the summer, but access is not for everyone with its very steep path for 100 meters. Located in the Acotz district of Saint-Jean-de-Luz a few minutes walk from the city center, it offers multiple advantages. It is one of the few beaches in the Pyrénées Atlantiques to offer such a setting.

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