The Best Resorts Near Bordeaux Airport

Updated 5 March 2020 | by Lara McComish

Bordeaux Airport lands you in a world-class wine-growing region. Indulge in a blend of vino and beaches by staying at one of these great family resorts near Bordeaux airport. 

Where is Bordeaux airport?

Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport is the international airport of Bordeaux in south-western France. The airport itself is in the commune of Mérignac, just 12km west from the port city of Bordeaux. 

Is Bordeaux airport near the coast?

Yes, the French Atlantic coast of Gironde is around an hours' drive from Bordeaux Airport. The coastline begins at the sand dunes of Dune du Pilat and heading northwards to the Pointe de Grave peninsula. If you'd rather keep the beach for day trips, you could always stay near one of the lakes of Gironde commune including Blasimon Lake and Espiet. These freshwater lakes are located to the east of Bordeaux and benefit from the breeze of being near water, without the sandy sandwiches. 

Beach resort near Bordeaux airport  Journey time by car
Le Porge  46 minutes
Lacanau 51 minutes
Carcans  54 minutes
Langon 56 minutes
Cap Ferret 1 hour 
Arcachon 1 hour 1 minute
Le Moulleau 1 hour 1 minute
Hourtin 1 hour and 8 minutes


1. Le Porge 

A 46-minute drive from the airport 

Young girls walking down to Le Porge in France

The village of Porge offers a coastal base immersed in nature. It sits on the seafront, but Porge holidays tend to be characterised by their marshes and wetlands. Celebrate its wide open landscapes with family walks through the evocative marshes and underrated beaches. Le Porge beach is a great spot for surfing, but visitors should be wary of powerful undercurrents.


2. Lacanau

A 51-minute drive from the airport

Lacanau beach in FranceLacanau is a top surf resort, positioned on a 12 mile long stretch of vast sandy beaches. While it is renowned for being 'wavey', Lacanau is also popular for golfing holidays set in glorious surroundings, near sand, sea and woodland. Choose from 3 varied courses around Lacanau, for a putt by the Atlantic. 


3. Carcans 

A 55-minute drive from the airport

Carcans in France

Carcans is a quiet family seaside resort that is part of the Médoc's Lakes. It is a cosy little holiday town with a beautiful beach to boot. Spend your sunny summer days here catching the rays or enjoying the various cycle paths in the pine forest. 


4. Langon

A 56-minute drive from the airport

Langon in France

Located on the banks of the Garonne, Langon is less beachy than its coastal counterparts. It's a pretty inland town that lands you in good stead for exploring the luscious vineyards that the Bordeaux region is famous for. 


5. Cap Ferret

1-hour drive from the airport

Cap Ferret in France

Le Cap Ferret is a stellar resort that falls under the terrain of Arcachon Bay. Best known for its lighthouse overlooking the peninsula, this upmarket destination is the holiday resort of choice for France's rich and famous. With beaches as unspoilt as this, it's not hard to see why...


6. Arcachon

A 1-hour 1-minute drive from the airport

Arcachon in France

Arcachon is something of a national treasure. This former fishing village is home to some of this French region's most popular beaches. If you can't get enough sand, look for the Dune du Pyla aka Europe's biggest sand dune. In a nod to its nautical beginnings, you will also find some out-of-this-world oyster bars including Le Pitt and L'Oyster Bar. 


7. Le Moulleau

A 1-hour 1-minute drive from the airport

Le Moulleau in France

The western end of Arcachon includes the popular seaside resort of Le Moulleau. It is at the centre of Arcachon's nightlife luring in partygoers in the summer months. As night falls, you'll also see some spectacular sunsets from Moulleau Beach as well as some great views of the Pyla Dune from some angles.  


8. Hourtin

A 1-hour 8-minute drive from the airport 

Hourtin in France

Hourtin is a pretty little beach town. One of the smaller beach resorts on the coastline, the town of Hourtin itself is inland but with green space galore and easy access to the stunning local beaches by foot and bike.

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