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Mimizan is situated on the south west coast of France in the Aquitaine/Landes region, roughly midway (80 minutes) between Bordeaux and Biarritz. It is noted for its extensive sandy beaches , excellent surfing and other water sports. Large areas of pine forest, and lakes surround Mimizan making for a wide range of sporting activities including horse riding, cycling, golf and walking.
Mimizan Plage has three main beach areas. The north beach and west beach have separate car parking areas , but are effectively joined. The south beach lies south of the river outlet. The river estuary itself has beaches and , with gentler waves, is nice for smaller children.
There are many restaurants, shops and bars - some open all year round. There are also places to hire bicycles and surf boards, and a tourist information office to help you arrange other activities.
Google earth image (click here)
Mimizan Bourg has a full range of amenities year round and is about 2 miles inland from Mimizan Plage. Other villages a little way inland also worth exploring are Escource, Aureilhan , St Paul-en Born and Pontenx-Les-Forges.
Below : Remains of the old abbey (on the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella) and church in Mimizan-Bourg
Below : The memorial to pioneer aviators Assolant, Lefevre and Lotti who landed successfully on the beach in 1929 following a transatlantic crossing. Pictured against a dramatic November sunset.
Other beaches/resorts within easy reach are Biscarosse, Arcachon and Hossegor
If you want to explore further, the Pyrenees (including ski areas) , the historic port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and the Spanish city of San Sebastian are within 2 hours drive.
More useful links
Mimizan in Wikipedia
Mimizan tourism website (and Webcams)
Travel Guardian article