There are plenty of beaches within easy reach of Manoir Saususs. There are of two main types:
The Atlantic beaches;
The Atlantic coast is about 45 minutes from Pauillac. Here, the beaches are full of drama. They are approached on paths laid across huge sand dune systems. These beaches are often hundreds of metres wide, and the ocean waves are perfect for water sports. Serious surfers will be familiar with names like Hourtin, Carcans and Lacanau Ocean. However, the further up the Atlantic coast you travel, the waves become calmer, and the seas more child-friendly. Resorts like Soulac in the north of the Médoc provide a lovely compromise between quaint charm, wide sandy beaches, and more tranquil seas. In the south, Cap Ferret is a full of old-world allure. Often likened to the affluent beach resorts of Long Island and the Hamptons on the north-east coast of the U.S., this spit of land exudes an air of laid-back sophistication. It’s the place where wealthy Bordelaise come to retreat from the world. Sample oysters at the many huts and restaurants that line that side of the Arcachon Bay with views over the water towards the Dune de Pilat (Europe’s largest sand dune, slowly consuming the forest behind), or watch the sun set into the smouldering Atlantic that surrounds you on three sides at the tip of the land.
The Atlantic Beach at Carcans
For those with younger families, another option are the beaches that surround the Hourtin and Lacanau lakes. These are about 10 minutes inland of the ocean, and about a 35-minute drive from Manoir Saussus. Here, there are no waves, and the water is warmer. So temperate, in fact, that the locals swim quite comfortably in the lakes in November!
The Warm Tranquil Waters of Lacanau Lake