Which beach to choose in Moliets?

Published on 16/05/2024

There are two beaches in Moliets-et-Maa: Plage Centrale and Plage des Chênes Lièges. Yes, but which one to choose? Which one is right for you? We tell you everything you need to know about the beaches of Moliets.


For fans of lively beaches: Plage Centrale

Those who like family beaches with plenty of entertainment will be delighted at the Plage Centrale in Moliets, just a few minutes' drive from our campsite in the Landes. This is Moliets' main beach, the largest and liveliest in the resort. There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants, as well as ice-cream and churro vendors.

The beach stretches for around 1.5 km from the mouth of the Huchet stream in the north to the Chênes Lièges beach in the south. Behind the dune, the town centre of Moliets-et-Maa.

Because of its size, the central beach at Moliets offers plenty of space, even at high tide, for beach games and family activities: beach volleyball, rackets, ball, Frisbee and kite flying. A sand playground for children and public toilets are also available on site.

Swimming is supervised from May to the end of September. The first-aid post is located at the main entrance. Be careful, though, as the waves are often quite strong on the Landes coast.

- How to get there: the beach is easily accessible via the Avenue de l'Océan. There is a large (free) car park 400 metres from the beach.

- Bonus: from the beach, you can admire the mouth of the Huchet current, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean.


For those looking for a more intimate beach: the Chênes Lièges beach

If you prefer a less crowded, more peaceful beach, the Chênes-Lièges beach is the ideal place. Located around 1km south of Plage Centrale, it offers a more secluded and therefore quieter setting.

However, as with all things beautiful, this wild beach has to be earned! It can only be reached on foot. After parking your car in the car park, walk about 900 metres along a forest track that runs alongside the Moliets golf course. It's a 10-15 minute walk. The best way to get there is by bike.

There are no toilets on the beach, but two tiralos are available for people with reduced mobility. Swimming is supervised from 1pm to 7pm in July and August. The lifeguard post is on the left as you approach the beach.

- How to get there: to reach the Chênes Lièges beach, take rue de Chambrelent, on the left of avenue de la Mer. Follow the road for around 2 km until you reach the roundabout, where there is a large free car park.

- Bonus: a very quiet and relaxing spot, surrounded by forest and dunes, with great waves for surfing fans.


For naturists

The commune of Moliets allows naturists to swim on the central beach outside supervised areas. Those who prefer to bathe in the simplest of garments can head north to the mouth of the Huchet stream, where they can drop their swimming costume and enjoy the peace and privacy of the area.


For surf lovers

Fancy surfing the waves at Moliets? Beginner surfers will find what they're looking for at Plage Centrale.

The spot benefits from permanent exposure to the swell (NW). There aren't too many people on the waves and the water is very healthy thanks to the Huchet current, which flows north of Moliets.

- Good to know: at Moliets and Maa, dogs are allowed on the beaches, provided they are kept on a lead, but they are banned from the area between the lifeguard station and the mouth of the Huchet current.



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