Biscarrosse is an ideal location for active, outdoorsy families. Whether you’re into waves, bike riding or just chilling at the beach, Biscarrosse is perfect.
Finding family activities in a new location is always challenging, so we’ve made it more accessible and created this list of family-friendly activities in Biscarrosse, which we found, that both you and the kids will love. Whether you have young kids, older children, or even babies, I’ve hopefully added something to satisfy each family member.
What to do in Biscarrosse with kids
Kids and adults alike can find enjoyment from bodyboarding. Take advantage of the famous Atlantic waves and get on your bodyboard. Biscarrosse plage has 4km of beautiful sandy coastline but definitely watch where you choose to bodyboard. There are lifeguards on duty throughout summer and always go in the sea within the safe blue flag zones.
If you or your family want to take bodyboarding to the next level, why not take a family surf lesson. Biscarrosse is a surfers paradise, and we saw plenty of people riding the huge waves throughout our visit. Kiwi surf offer classes for beginners to advanced surfers and start from 5 years old.
Going to the beach without having an ice cream is a crime, right? One thing we love about France is the seaside ice-cream stalls and their exotic flavour choices. From sweet and sickly flavours like Kinder Bueno, bubble gum and Biscoff to refreshing fruity sorbets, French ice-cream stalls have conceived it all.
Enjoy the Lakes
Biscarrosse is famous for 3 things. The beach, the forests and of course, the lakes. There are so many lakeside activities to choose from. If you’re adventurous enough, you can try paddleboarding or kayaking, or why not take your inflatables to the shallow lake beach in Sanguinet. There are three different lakes to choose from; The north lake, the south lake and the Transaquitain canal.
Your family’s thrill-seekers will enjoy “Bisc Aventure”, a treetop adventure course located in the stunning Landes forests. There are over 180 different activities colour coded by difficulty and height restrictions. Alongside the treetop adventure course, there’s also a climbing wall, giant catapult and bouncy jumping options. The adventure park is suitable for anyone aged 4 years and above, but activities will vary by age. You could easily spend a whole day here enjoying the activities.
Build sandcastles and chill at the beach
Some of our favourite holiday memories are from the times at the beach. Building sandcastles, digging moats and burying dads. Mike still has a compulsion to burrow holes whenever we go to the coast. The beach area at Biscarosse plage is perfect for sandy play as it’s 4km long and without a stone in sight. Grab your bucket and spade, shady tent, windbreaker, and picnic, then head for the plage.
When I first heard about the aquapark in Biscarrosse, I assumed it would be the usual plastic flumes with boiling hot metal steps and kids running around with sticky ice creams, but I couldn’t be more wrong. The Aquapark in Bisca is an entirely different kind of water adventure. It’s one of the largest inflatable water parks in the world! Located on the lakeshore, this aqua park features a range of inflatable activities, including a giant water jump and catapult, a 5-meter high climbing wall, the cyclone hamster wheel, and so much more. So if you fancy a total wipeout kinda day, then the aqua park is open from June till September, can even be used at night, and the aqua kid zone is suitable for ages 4 and above.
Mini Golf de Maguide
This 18-hole mini-golf course is set within the forests directly opposite Lake Maguide. There’s moveable obstacles, audible obstacles and even a hole that changes the colour of your golf ball. Snack bar, toilets, picnic areas and family fun, all set in beautiful nature – what more could you want from a day out.
Family Bike Ride
Biscarrosse has some incredible bike tracks. We stayed at Camping Domaine de La Rive and there’s a route starting from the campsite entrance heading all the way to the beach, lakes and forests. If your family are confident on their pedals, then there’s plenty of places to hire bikes and adventure around the accessible flat routes Biscarrosse has to offer. The Bisca Grands Lacs website has some great cycle routes to follow.
Take a day trip to Arcachon
Arcachon is another nearby seaside town with a completely different feel. Beautiful indoor and outdoor markets, plenty of clothes shops and coffee shops and a calm shallow bay. The sea here is perfect for younger children as the bay keeps the giant Atlantic waves at…well, bay. You can grab a boat trip from the many sellers and check out the oyster farming villages in Cap-Ferret, go to the island of the birds or even check out the largest sand dune in Europe, the Dune du Pilat, from the sea.
We stayed at the beautiful Camping Domaine de La Rive resort located right on the lake in Sanguinet during our trip to Biscarrosse, but if you’re looking for something different – then take a look at our top list of campsites nearby…
Resort Style Campsites
These sites are big! The choices of resort-style campsites near Biscarrosse was extensive, and it was a tough decision to shortlist these two – however, they were the best-reviewed and rated, and they have such incredible facilities, which you can read about below.
Domaine De La Rive
We stayed at Domaine de La Rive in April and recommend it to families who love a bit of liveliness. There’s plenty of entertainment for children, kids clubs, play parks, a fantastic pool complex, a relaxing private beach/lake (with the most incredible sunset views), and the bar/restaurant is pretty nice too. With easy access to Biscarrosse town and plage, it’s a great place to stay. There’s even a cycle track starting from the campsites main entrance. Available accommodations include pre-erected tents & mobile homes, or you can bring your tent/campervan and rent a pitch. We booked through Eurocamp, but you can also book with Alfresco, Canvas holidays, Homair or direct with the campsite. If you want more information, you can read our full review here.
Yelloh Village Au Lac de Biscarrosse
Like Camping de La Rive, this Yelloh village campsite is set on the lakeshore. It’s another enormous, high-end campsite with another big pool complex. There’s a wellness centre to unwind and plenty of activities on-site and nearby. There are plenty of different mobile homes to rent as well as pre-erected tents and pitches. You can book to stay here with Homair or by booking directly with Yelloh village.
Mid-Range Campsites in Biscarrosse
My Mid-range choices are campsites in Biscarrosse that are slightly smaller or inferior when it comes to size and facilities, but that doesn’t mean they’re no good. These campsites are perfect for people who want a little quieter without being secluded.
I wasn’t sure whether to categorise this in high-end or mid-range as it’s a beautiful 5* campsite. However, the pool complex is slightly less extravagant than the two high-ends featured, hence why I’ve given it a mid-range rating. Like Domaine de La Rive, this campsite has its own private beach upon the beautiful lake and is surrounded by stunning pine forests. There’s an adult spa area as well as toddler pools and fun slides. Kids clubs are included from ages 3 months up until 17 years old! There are evening animations and a lively atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy. Accommodation on Mayotte Vacances includes mobile homes and pitch rentals, and you can book via Homair, Tohapi or direct with the campsite.
Camping Plage Sud
Away from the lakes and closer to Biscarrosse beach is Camping Plage Sud. It’s a 3* campsite just 800meters from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s great for families who love being at the beach and building sandcastles over the swimming pool. The campsite does have an aqua park, but the complex is a lot smaller than the other campsites featured so far (but that’s also great if you have younger children). In high season the site offers kids clubs and entertainment and some adult animations too, including fitness classes, karaoke, walking and more. Accommodation wise, there’s camping pitches, chalets, mobile homes, canvas lodges and bungalows. Book direct with the campsite or via Suncamp holidays.
Basic Campsites in Biscarrosse
These basic sites are for families who want to avoid the noise, be within nature and have a truly relaxing yet adventurous camping experience. They all include basic facilities but none of the noisy, annoying kids clubs. So if you’re looking for a basic campsite in Biscarrosse, check out these two
Camping Aire Naturelle
For families who enjoy the simpler things in life and use campsites as more of a base than a resort, this campsite fits the bill. This Camping Aire Naturelle is an authentic, family-run campsite situated close to the Hydrobase de Biscarrosse and a half-hour away from Biscarrosse beach. There are just 25 camping emplacements, all with electrical connections. There are communal bbq areas, a playground for kids, and fresh bread on-site in July and August. To book, visit the website and contact the owners directly.
Camping La Pinède
My final pick for campsites near Biscarrosse is this basic and traditional campsite, Camping la Pinede. Another small family run site situated in a quiet village close to Sanguinet and the lake. Be surrounded by nature in the large wooded campsite shared with deers and squirrels. On-site, you’ll find outdoor shared areas for aperitifs and meals, a children’s playground, mini-golf course, ping pong table and more. There’s even a refreshments bar for drinks, ice-creams and fresh bread/pastry deliveries (you have to pre-order the day before). To book, head to the campsite’s website and contact the owners directly.