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Biscarrosse is a town and beach resort in the Landes region of Southwestern France.


A lake in Biscarrosse

Biscarrosse is divided in three separate districts:

  • Biscarrosse-Ville is the administrative and commercial centre. It has a population of about 10,000.
  • About 9 km west, Biscarrosse-Plage is at the end of the line of dunes, right on the coast. A well-known seaside resort, it is mostly active during summer yet is also popular in winter for walks along the sea front.
  • Alongside the North Lake, Biscarrosse-Lac comprises some residential areas and the harbours of Maguide and Navarosse.

Get in[edit]

Map of Biscarrosse

By car[edit]

From Bordeaux, there are two possible routes:

The first one is toll-free: drive down the autoroute A63, then the A660, and take exit number 1 marked Mios and Biscarrosse. Follow signs for Biscarrosse. The trip takes around 1h30. A big downside is that the road between the highway and Biscarrosse-Ville is usually very congested during summer.

The second one is to stay on autoroute A63 until exit 17 marked Parentis-en-Born and Biscarrosse.

From Arcachon, drive down the D 218 road which runs parallel to the coast.

By train[edit]

There is no railway station in Biscarrosse.

The closest railway station is in Ychoux (15 km east from Biscarrosse-Ville). Ychoux is served only by regional trains running between Bordeaux and the south of the region. Long-distance trains (such as TGVs) usually don't stop at Ychoux. There is a bus route between Ychoux station and Biscarrosse-Ville (XL'R bus route 11).

Other railway stations are in Arcachon and Bordeaux.

By plane[edit]

Biscarrosse has a small landing strip.

The closest international airport is Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD IATA) (60 km (37 mi) north-east of Biscarrosse-Ville, 1h30 by car, no direct public transportation route.)

Domestic flights link it to Paris Orly & CDG, Lyon, Lille, Marseille, Montpelier, Nice and Strasbourg. International destinations include Amsterdam Schiphol, Barcelona El Prat, Basel, Berlin, Bristol, Brussels, Budapest, Casablanca, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Lisbon, London (Gatwick, Luton & Stansted), Madrid Barajas, Milan, Prague, Rome, Tunis and Venice.

Get around[edit]

The districts of Biscarrosse are relatively compact and can be easily explored by foot. However, moving between districts may require motorized transportation means of some sort.

Biscarrosse-Ville and Biscarrosse-Plage are connected by road D 146 and by several well-maintained bike paths.

Public transportation is quite limited as the region is sparsely populated. Local bus routes are operated by Regie des Transports Landais (RDTL) under the name XL'R.

A municipal shuttle called Bisca'Bus runs during summer between Biscarrosse-Plage and Biscarrosse-Ville.


A beach in Biscarrosse-Plage


  • Surf. Many surf shops near the beach allow you to rent surfs or body boards for one day or more.
  • Musée de l'Hydraviation (Seaplane museum), +33558780065.
  • Musée des Traditions et de l'Histoire.
  • Saint-Martin church, Biscarrosse-Ville.


Most shops are concentrated along the main pedestrian street of Biscarrosse-Plage. However their offerings are quite modest and limited to what can be typically found in a beach resort (souvenirs, take-away food, clothes, sports gear, etc.)

Small shopping malls and gas stations can be found in the outskirts of Biscarrosse-Ville.



  • Casino, Boulevard des Sables, Biscarrosse-Plage.
  • Océana, Rue du Grand Vivier, Biscarrosse-Plage. night club



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