What to see and do from Domaine de Soulac
Le Domaine de Soulac is situated at the northernmost tip of the Médoc peninsula, at the end of a long string of prime Atlantic Coast beaches stretching down towards the Spanish border. This means sands aplenty, with non-stop watersport fun.
Our 4 star campsite has the privilege of being just 2 miles/3 km away from gorgeous sandy beaches. Amélie beach is lifeguarded with shallow waters, perfect for paddling children during the summer months. Naïades and Centre beach nearby are also surveilled by lifeguards in peak season, with a variety of watersports to try like the fantastic surf school at the former.
Distance to beaches:
- Amélie beach (2 miles/3km)
- Naïades Beach (2 miles/3km)
- Centre Beach (3 miles/5km)
Activites and places not to miss
Sitting on the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is considered the Wine Capital of the World and you’ll certainly find lots of wine bars and cafés to sample these fine wines. Famous chateaux are dotted around the outskirts of Bordeaux and wine tasting in the leafy Pessac Léognan region is well worth a trip. Central Bordeaux is easy to walk around with lots of pedestrianised and cobbled streets. Did you know that Bordeaux also has the largest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe! Stroll along the quays, take a boat trip along the Garonne and enjoy the stunning 18th century architecture which has made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The water mirroir just opposite the Place de la Bourse is a must-do; kids will love running around and cooling down here on a hot summers day.
Archachon is a real carrefour between town and beach, where you can go shopping and stroll down to the beach to soak up the rays within minutes. What you’ll notice about this town are its grandiose houses, created in ode to the Victorian style.
Arcachon is simply studded with oyster bars and restaurants offering seafood fresh off the boat, so you certainly won’t be searching too far for a great meal, set against the superb tranquil waters of the Bassin.
It is a great hopping off point for catamaran tours around the Bassin, on which you can visit oyster farms and nearby fishing towns such as Bird Island. Don’t forget to hop onto a boat to see the chic coastal town of Cap Ferret just opposite, or the superb views at Dune du Pilat.
The Médoc Grands Crus
The Médoc is well-known for its fine wine, so a trip to the South West is the perfect excuse for you to sample the greatest of the red stuff at its best-known appellations, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien and Margaux... Your holiday won’t get any more French than this!
25 miles / 40km east of Bordeaux is St Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see not only just for wine lovers.
The St Emilion landscape is dominated by the town’s historic monolithic church, entirely built into rock and constructed between the 12th and 14th century. Climb up the bell tower’s 196 steps and be rewarded with superb views of the village and surrounding vineyards. Don’t miss a visit inside the underground church where its sheer volume and feat of architecture will take your breath away.
Renowned for its wine, taste testings here are of course possible and walks inside underground wine quarries are certainly worth a visit. All in all a great day trip for all the family.
Dune du Pilat
37 miles south of Bordeaux, this is the highest sand dune in Europe, at 100m. From the summit you are rewarded with spectacular views of the ocean, Arcachon Bay, and on clear days even the Pyrenees Mountains. Parasailing is popular here and you’ll appreciate the little bars and restaurants at the bottom of the Dune.
Step into the island lifestyle right here on the Ile d’Oléron, the largest Atlantic coast island just opposite Rochefort. Fine sandy beaches, charming fishing ports and wild nature characterise this beautiful île just waiting to be explored. One of the main draws of this hidden beauty is its warm microclimate, boasting sunshine hours to rival the South of France.
Cap Ferret is an elegant seaside town just opposite Arcachon, and just 15 minutes away from the town via boat during the summer months. Another great choice for seafood meals overlooking the sea and lazy town strolls. There’s a cute little lighthouse worth a look too, which provides panoramic views of the Bassin as well as the Atlantic.