Médoc Regional Nature Park

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If you’re thirsty for nature during your camping holiday in Hourtin, plan a trip to the heart of the Médoc regional nature park . Here are some of the activities you can enjoy during your stroll through this magnificent park.

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Introducing this beautiful natural park

The Médoc Regional Nature Park is a nature reserve located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France. Founded in 1970, it extends over 160,000 hectares, covering a large part of the Médoc peninsula, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Gironde estuary to the east.
This regional nature park is renowned for its ecological diversity, unspoilt landscapes and rich cultural heritage. It encompasses a wide variety of landscapes: marshes, coastal dunes, forests, vineyards, beaches and charming villages.
Among its attractions are wetlands home to a variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, birds of prey and deer. The fine sandy beaches of the Atlantic also attract water sports and swimming enthusiasts.

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Where to walk in the Médoc Regional Nature Park?

Take advantage of the astonishing diversity of landscapes in the Médoc Regional Nature Park for a family getaway in the heart of nature:

  • Marshes and wetlands: the Médoc Regional Nature Park is home to numerous wetlands, notably marshes and ponds. Excellent places for wildlife observation and hiking!
  • Pine forests: the Médoc is covered in vast pine forests, ideal for hiking and cycling. The GR8 long-distance hiking trail also crosses the region.
  • Beaches: the Médoc Atlantic coast is famous for its fine sandy beaches, which are part of the Médoc Regional Nature Park. Discover the beaches of Lacanau, Carcans, Hourtin and Soulac-sur-Mer.
  • Vineyards: the Médoc is world-famous for its Bordeaux vineyards. You can stroll through the vineyards, visit the châteaux and taste the wines.
  • The Médoc villages of Pauillac, Margaux and Saint-Estèphe, located in the Parc Naturel Régional du Médoc, offer the perfect setting for a stroll through local architecture and artisanal stores.

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What family activities are available in the Médoc Regional Nature Park?

The Médoc regional nature park is a huge playground for outdoor activities with children. Here are some of the activities to look out for during your stay in Gironde:

  • Cycling: the Médoc is criss-crossed by numerous cycle paths. Rent a bike and explore the pine forests, vineyards, beaches and local villages. The cycle paths are safe and offer a pleasant way to discover the region.
  • Family outings: opt for child-friendly walks through the park’s marshes, forests and wetlands. It’s an excellent opportunity to observe local wildlife and learn more about the nature of this corner of France.
  • Water sports: try your hand at surfing, bodyboarding, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing on the beaches in the heart of the Médoc Regional Nature Park. Numerous water sports schools offer courses for beginners or those wishing to perfect their skills.
  • Open-air picnics: take advantage of the picnic areas available in the park to enjoy an open-air meal with the whole family. What better way to relax and enjoy nature!
  • Visit the châteaux: the Médoc is famous for its Bordeaux vineyards. Some wineries welcome families for child-friendly guided tours, where you can learn about the winemaking process while tasting wine and grape juice for the young ones.
  • Cultural activities: Gironde is rich in heritage and cultural sites. Visit the villages of the Médoc to discover its rich cultural heritage.
  • Wildlife watching: the Parc Naturel Régional du Médoc is an ideal place for wildlife watching. Take your children on a birdwatching trip or go in search of wild animals such as deer and wild boar.

Whatever your plans, our campsite in Gironde welcomes you for a stay of discovery near the Médoc Regional Nature Park!

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The area around Hourtin …

A visit to our heritage, Hourtin is the starting point for many excursions to discover the riches of the Médoc, but also close to Bordeaux, a unesco World Heritage site.
Take the wine route and treat yourself to a tasting at one of the many châteaux in our exceptional vineyards. Treat yourself to the treasures of our local gastronomy during your stay at our campsite on Lac d’Hourtin!