Our tips for a weekend in Capbreton
Do you love the Landes and the Basque Country and are you planning to spend a weekend in Capbreton? Here are our tips for visiting "the town of a hundred captains" in 48 hours!
For those looking to soak up the local atmosphere, two days are enough to get the pulse of the Landes port city. On Saturday morning, head for Hossegor, the town next to Capbreton. Only the port of Capbreton separates them. Its market is a must to start the weekend by immersing yourself in the heart of the local culture. Under the market halls and outside, there is a rush to the stalls: oysters, fish, poultry, delicatessen, meat, cheese and sandy wines. Feeling peckish after the market? Stop at the Bodega Tap Tap, a friendly and no-fuss stopover after the market. The welcome is warm and the tapas are excellent.
In the afternoon, discover the seaside resort of Capbreton through the narrow streets also known as "balènes". The Grand'Rue contains some charming half-timbered houses, known as "Maisons des Anglais", inherited from the Middle Ages. A little further on, the Maison de l'Oralité et du Patrimoine (MOP), a must-see to discover the history of Capbreton, the local heritage and the personalities who have left their mark on the port city. Equally remarkable is the "Maison du Rey", at the corner of Avenue Jean Lartigau and Rue du Prieuré, a medieval building where Henri IV slept during his visit to Capbreton in 1583.
On the second day, get up early and head for the fishing port of Capbreton, the only port in the Landes. It is the only fishing port in the Landes, where small-scale fishing is practised, mainly with nets. At the foot of the harbour office, the fish market always attracts many people. The fishermen offer you their catch of the day: tuna, sea bass, hake, bonito, sole, dab. To find fresher fish, you have to go and catch it yourself!
Continue your walk to the Capbreton Ice Bridge, a link between the mainland and the ocean. Built by decision of Napoleon III in 1858, the Estacade is a popular place to walk for locals and tourists alike, with a beautiful view of the Pyrenees on a clear day. Later in the afternoon, head for the Central beach, a beautiful beach in the city centre for sunbathing and playing in the waves or surfing, or for the Santocha beach dotted with the blockhouses of the Second World War. At the end of the day, return to the Estacade to watch a magnificent sunset over the ocean.
- Capbreton fish market, quai Georges Pompidou, open 7 days a week, all year round, from 8am to 12pm and from 3pm to 6pm.
OUR GOOD ADDRESSES
Where to eat?
- Monsieur Mouette: Quai du Bourret, Avenue Notre-Dame (on the marina). Reservations on the website or by phone 05 58 73 62 02. Fresh, homemade products, modern cuisine, cosy and relaxed setting with a breathtaking view of the Port of Capbreton.
- Xamp Artisan Glacier : 2 rue de Madrid (near the Estacade). Tel: 06 48 17 38 29. The only artisan ice cream maker in Capbreton. Everything is made on site.
- Lou Garden : 366 Avenue du Touring Club in Hossegor. Tel : 06 74 16 67 15. A nice and friendly place. Sharing of dishes, quality products.
Where to stay in Capbreton?
Only 20 km from Capbreton, the 5-star Le Vieux Port campsite is ideally placed for visiting the region. A wide choice of accommodation awaits you: mobile homes, wooden chalets, western tents, trailers, lodges and cabins on stilts. The best part? An XXL water park of 7000 m2, which transports you to the golden age of piracy and a wave simulator to learn to surf.
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