What to see and do in Capbreton?

Published on 02/05/2024

If you're still unsure of where to go and what to do during your break in Capbreton, here are a few ideas of where to go in the "town of 100 captains".


The beaches of Capbreton

Chill, surf and sun! Capbreton is one of the most famous "Surf Towns" on the Landes coast. Like its neighbours Hossegor and Seignosse, the resort is known for its beaches and famous surf spots. The town is famous for its surf festival, the Quiksilver Festival, which attracts many surfers and enthusiasts to the Landes coast at the end of September. But Capbreton's beaches are not just for surfing. They are also great for swimming and relaxing. Capbreton's central beach, located in the heart of the town, is very popular with families, as it is protected from the swell. The beach is close to the shops, bars and restaurants of the town centre.


The Capbreton pier

A symbol of the town of Capbreton, the 190-metre-long wooden pier is a landmark of the coastal town. It's a favourite with walkers, many of whom stroll along the pier in the first rays of sunshine. The best churros in the city can be found in this area. It's also a popular spot for anglers.

Situated in the heart of the city, the pier was built in 1858 on the orders of Napoleon III to provide a promenade for local residents, but also to provide shelter for fishermen in the event of heavy storms. During the Second World War, the pier was destroyed by the Germans. It was rebuilt in 1947, at the same time as the stone lighthouse.


Also read: Where to stay on a campsite near Capbreton?


The fish market

The fish market is another must-see in the "city of a hundred captains". Head for the fishing port, where you can buy fish "off the boat", i.e. directly from the fishermen. Depending on the season, you can choose from a variety of species: tuna, sea bass, sole, red mullet, bonito, sea bream, chipirons, etc. When the boats return to port to unload the day's catch, it's a sight to behold. The fish market is open 7 days a week, all year round, from 9am to 12pm and from 3pm to 6pm.


The Capbreton Gouf

Just 300 metres from the shore, between Capbreton's Estacade and Hossegor's North Beach, Capbreton's "Gouf" is a real geological curiosity. It is an underwater canyon several million years old. It is a migration route for dolphins and whales. Sea trips are organised to get closer to the cetaceans around the Gouf de Capbreton. A unique and authentic experience that you won't soon forget!


The dune path

Looking for a short hike in Capbreton? The dune path takes you to the Santocha or Piste beaches, via the Capbreton dunes (2.7 km). The route is signposted. Along the way, walkers can discover the blockhouses, brightened up by frescoes painted by the famous Bordeaux illustrator and graffiti artist Darry Perier, the flora and fauna of the coastline and the dune vines that produce the famous "Vin des Dunes". Along the way, you'll be able to admire beautiful views of the ocean and the Pyrenees. Don't forget your binoculars and camera! Allow around 45 minutes for the walk.


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