Consuming out in Hossegor is usually a shock. With so many surfers and watersports and well being fanatics residing or holidaying right here, it may be simpler to gert a nutritious acai bowl than a plate respectable steak-frites, with most locations serving vegan and vegetarian dishes. That stated, Bistrot Balnéaire, overlooking the lakeshore, provides traditional, meaty Landaise specialities, reminiscent of foie gras and a juicy magret de canard.
Hossegor’s lake is a shocking wetlands web site that opens into the Atlantic, and an ideal place for oyster beds. It’s the coolest place for a night aperitif at one of many half-dozen waterside cabanes, that are oyster fishermen’s huts. Order a shellfish platter – oysters, shrimps, whelks – and a relaxing bottle of rosé, then get pleasure from probably the most stunning sundown on this planet. Within the city centre, the lined Les Halles market is nice for picnic provides and has a number of enjoyable tapas bars for lunch.
After all it’s nice to eat proper on the seaside, and the right place for that’s subsequent door to our surf college, on the Lou Cabana, which is nice for seafood salads and grilled mussels. It’s on the Plage des Culs-Nus, a seaside fashionable for nudist bathing – however you possibly can come absolutely dressed to the restaurant.
I like to stroll alongside the Avenue du Golf, which runs alongside the ocean from the city centre to the sting of Les Barthes nature reserve (see under) and is lined with fabulous Nineteenth-century villas. I arrived in Hossegor 25 years in the past, only a surfer, and once I walked alongside that avenue, I stated that at some point I’d dwell on it. It’s nonetheless the dream.
When associates from out of city go to, I often take them out on mountain bike journeys into the Fôret des Landes. It’s the hidden face of Hossegor – a very totally different world from the seaside and the waves. And I can’t resist telling guests from England that these well-known timber had been planted by Napoléon to construct warships to sink the English fleet!
It might appear that life right here revolves across the previous city centre and the seaside, however these within the know head just a few miles exterior of city to Zone Pédebert, which has developed from an impersonal industrial property into the browsing HQ, an underground hangout for surf fanatics, with funky boutiques, bars, eating places and meals vehicles. I opened my Chipiron workshop right here in 2010 and have seen the transformation of the realm first-hand. On afternoons when the climate will not be good for browsing, everybody comes over right here. I particularly like L’Ile du Malt, a superb craft beer bar that buzzes when dwell bands hit the stage.
Les Barthes de Montbardon is a wetland space that was as soon as the delta of the Adour, till the river was diverted as a part of plans to empty the broader marshy space and stabilise the shoreline. I dwell close to to Les Barthes and infrequently come to me ressourcer – recharge my batteries – as a result of out right here within the wilds, the summer time invasion of vacationers appears 1,000,000 miles away. The character reserve is free to enter and at all times open, with mountain climbing trails, bike tracks and hides for watching the gorgeous birdlife.
Within the centre of Hossegor, wine bar L’Etiquette has an enormous choice from throughout France, however the native Tursan wine is sourced from a winery proper on the sand dunes. It additionally has some wonderful domestically produced armagnacs. The city’s major occasion place is true on the principle seaside, Plage Centrale, and close by Place des Landais. There are many bars to select from, however don’t miss Rock Meals, which has been a gathering level for surfers from world wide for the reason that Eighties, and has seen some loopy events. There are a number of nightclubs on the town, too, however don’t anticipate Hossegor to be like an enormous metropolis in the case of clubbing.
For younger surfers on a finances, I like to recommend a enjoyable new deal with, the Hejmo Hostel (doubles €74, dorm mattress €26), which has its personal swimming pool.
Damien Marly designs and handcrafts Chipiron-brand surfboards