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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