Get your trainers on, to cheer your favourite athletes on or get in on the action yourself! Well, if you’re surfing, you might want to leave them on the beach.
    Here’s the low-down on cycling, golfing, horse-riding, surfing, canoeing-kayaking, jogging, football and motor sports for a super sporting season in Aquitaine.

    CYCLING – On your bikes!


    :: Take note: :
    The Tour de France will be passing through Pau this year, on Saturday 9 July 2016, on the 8th stage, 183 km long.

    The Vuelta, or Spanish Tour, will be crossing over the Pyrenean border for a stage going through the Aubisque pass on Saturday 3 September 2016.

    :: Did you know?
    There’s a chapel in the Landes devoted to cyclists. Notre Dame des Cyclistes has frequently featured on the route of this famous race. Amateurs and great cycling champions like Merckx and Luis Ocaña stop off to leave their vests to mark their visit. Lance Armstrong did likewise, however the International Cycling Union removed his further to his being stripped of his titles.

    As enthusiastic cyclists, we wish you a great trip on our many cycle paths, especially.

    The « Canal des deux mers », a new itinerary along the canal de Garonne and the canal du Midi, now listed as UNESCO World Heritage, and the « Vélodyssée », a well-blazed, safe route. It’s about 320 km long, running along the Atlantic coast from Lacanau to Hendaye.

    :: Suggested stays Host agencies offer several formulas: Bassin Tour; ; La bicyclette verte ; Le vélo voyageur ; « Evazio ».

    >> Take a look at our special page.

    Canal des deux mers à vélo


    GOLF – Tee off from Aquitaine


    :: Did you know?
    The Pau Golf Club is the oldest in continental Europe, created by Scots in 1856. It is a private club open to all golf players holding a licence. A catering service and a brasserie are available.

    :: New
    And superb! A 5-star, 18-hole golf course just 10 kilometres from Saint-Emilion: The Grand Saint-Emilionnais Golf Club. The course was designed by Tom Doak, a renowned architect in the world of golf. It is open to all. A great place for all golf lovers.

    :: Here’s a list of the most beautiful courses in the region:
    The Moliets golf course, listed in the Top 10 courses in France, located in the shade and fresh air of the Landes pine trees!

    The Médoc golf course, listed among the best golf courses in continental Europe, amid the most famous vineyards. A unique place where you can enjoy both golf and of course wine.

    The Ilbarritz golf course, with a gorgeous view of the ocean and the Spanish Pyrenees on the horizon. Enchanting .

    The château des Vigiers golf course, known locally as the « little Versailles of Périgord ». Located just outside the « Cradle of Humanity », the rich local heritage is another obvious attraction.

    >> View all the courses on our special page

    :: Take note: :
    Grand Prix du golf Bordelais, 1 to 3 April 2016. A major competition in France kicking on Grand Prix season.

    Open de golf d’Arcachon 15 to 17 April 2016. For top-flight golf players ranking up to 6.5 and 11.5.

    Biarritz Cup 6 to 13 July 2016. A not-to-be-missed event at the Biarritz Le Phare golf course. It’s the longest-running amateur competition, attracting over 5,000 spectators.

    :: Golfing holiday offer : with a special interest in golf, Gérard Pons Voyages has developed several golfing packages.

    Golf de Gujan Mestras



    Come visit Pau, the horse lovers’ city
    The Haras national de Pau-Gelos riding school is like no other. Come and meet the horses (about a hundred work horses, pure-breds and race horses), find out about its history, horse-drawn carriages and those who work there. The Haras is open to the public, dispensing guided tours in French, English and Spanish all year round.

    The Pau racecourse, specialising since 1840 in show jumping, ranks second in France after Auteuil. The establishment boasts a panoramic restaurant and a training centre for some 20 trainers in charge of no fewer than 700 horses

    :: Did you know?
    The Landes breed of ponies already existed alongside the Neanderthals. According to expert scientists, they date back to pre-historic times. It is they who are depicted in the Lascaux caves, not the Basque pottok as scientists used to think. The species is tending towards extinction: their docile nature will certainly be missed.


    :: Take note:
    Jumping International de Bordeaux, 5 to 7 February 2016 at the Bordeaux-Lac exhibition park. This intense, 3-day event attracts over 30,000 enthusiastic spectators. A competitive spirit and the intimate relationship between horse and rider all contribute to making it a special event.

    Jumping de Biarritz, 29 May to 1 June 2016. Show jumping. The greatest riders and horses from all over the world.

    Jumping des Sables, Arcachon, 3 June 2016 on Pereire beach, a novel show jumping competition!

    Les étoiles de Pau, 12 to 16 October 2016. International horse trials and harness racing.

    :: Holiday suggestions:
    Evazio – Bordeaux –

    Promenade à cheval au pied de la Dune du Pyla - Bassin d'Arcachon

    SURFING – A lifestyle fit for beach boys and girls


    Aquitaine is where surfing first started in Europe in the late 1950s. Beach boys all agree that it’s the top place to go surfing in France! Surfing permeates everything…

    :: Did you know?
    The beach resorts of Lacanau (2 stars), Seignosse (1 star) and Biarritz (2 stars) have received the « Surf City » label which guarantees: a safe initiation into surfing, good quality training, a well-adapted coastline that preserves the environment, safe surfing spots, and a good reception for tourists.

    :: Take note
    International Surf Film Festival, 10 to 13 July 2016 in Anglet. This Surf Film Festival hands out awards to the best surfing films, including features and documentaries.

    Kiwi Surf Festival, 23 to 24 July 2016
    This event takes place in Biscarrosse, in the Landes, and includes the Surf Tandem World Cup and the French Longboard and Stand up Paddle championships. There’s plenty to entertain you.

    Soöruz Lacanau Pro, compétition de surf du 11 au 21 août 2016. Etape du championnat du monde de surf professionnel.

    Quiksilver Pro France, World Surfing Championship, 4 to 15 October 2016. The surfing World championship is usually held from February to December as a series of 11 competitions held all over the world.

    >> See our selected accommodation, spots and schools on our special page

    :: Holiday suggestions
    Surfing Therapy is the latest well-being cure at Serge Blanco’s spa in Hendaye, with five 2-hour surfing sessions as well as classic pampering.

    Surfeur à Biarritz


    CANOE-KAYAK – Welcome to the world of paddles


    Stade d’Eaux Vives Pau-Pyrénées, a place like no other
    It was inaugurated for the 2009 Canoe Slalom World Cup. This ground-breaking international complex aims to make white-water sports accessible to all.

    :: Did you know?
    The triple world slalom champion (2006, 2009, 2010) and triple champion Olympic gold medallist in 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens) and 2012 (London) is a local boy! This great white-water stadium originated with Pau-born Tony Estanguet.

    :: Take note
    The 2017 Canoe Slalom World Cup will be held from 13 to 17 September 2017 at the Stade d’Eaux Vives Pau-Pyrénées.

    Kayakistes sur le Gave, Pyrénées Atlantiques (64).


    JOGGING – something you can do any time of day or night!


    6.7-km circuit on the Bordeaux 6,7 km.
    From the Pont de Pierre to the Pont Chaban Delmas, from the gardens on right bank to the left bank and its famous docks, taking in Bordeaux architecture listed as UNESCO World Heritage.

    5-km running circuit in Anglet along the Basque coast.
    The 5-km path along the seafront takes in all 11 beaches in Anglet with the Pyrenees as a backdrop..

    :: Take note
    Bordeaux Marathon, 9 April 2016
    The Bordeaux marathon is a marathon with a difference, taking place at night. The runners follow the banks of the Garonne and cross the historic centre of the old city of Bordeaux.

    Foulée du Festayre, 27 July 2016
    A few hours ahead of the Fêtes de Bayonne, a 12-km walking race in which participants are all dressed in white T-shirts and red scarves, the traditional attire for this festival.

    Marathon du Médoc, Contes et Légendes, 10 September 2016
    Every year, in September, nearly 1,000 participants of all nationalities run through the legendary Médoc vineyards, with the châteaux as a backdrop. The nectar is up for tasting after the marathon!


    AUTOMOBILE – It’s called « Baby Monaco »: the Circuit de Pau!


    This was where the first Formula 1 Grand Prix was held, long before the world championship was first organised. The 2,649 km route for the Grand Prix de Pau was built in 1933, making it the oldest racetrack in France.

    It’s the only urban racetrack in France to still host modern car races passing places of interest in the city: parc Beaumont, château de Pau, boulevard des Pyrénées.

    :: Take note
    Grand Prix automobile de Pau, a historic car race, on 13 and 14 May 2016.
    Grand Prix historique de Pau, 21 and 22 May 2016.

    Grand prix automobile de Pau


    FOOTBALL – gearing up for the UEFA Euro 2016


    :: New Golf football in Cap Ferret
    Invented in the Netherlands in 2009, you play on a green to golf rules but with holes big enough for a football, and in smart sportswear: polo shirt, socks, beret and Bermuda shorts. Entertaining and original.

    :: Did you know?
    « The Grand stade de Bordeaux », has been built for the UEFA Euro 2016. Seating 42,000, it’s the biggest sports arena in the west of France. This stadium is impressively elegant. « You feel tempted to compare the new Bordeaux stadium to a classic temple », architects Herzog & de Meuron claim. It’s true. And while on the subject of urban heritage and architecture in Bordeaux, remember to take in this wonder of design.

    :: Take note
    The UEFA Euro 2016. The Matmut Atlantique Bordeaux stadium will be hosting 5 matches including a quarter final. Throughout the competition, on the esplanade des Quinconces, a « Fan zone » will broadcast matches along with a programme of events. It can cater to 60,000 spectators. The biggest arena on the Atlantic!
    Pool Matches: 11, 14 , 18 and 21 June 2016 – Quarter final: 2 July 2016


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