Biscarrosse is a seaside resort town on the Atlantic coast, in the Southwest of France. It offers gorgeous sandy beaches on both the coast and its freshwater lake, majestic pine forests and rolling sand dunes. Catherine and Bennett generously opened their beautiful home to us and showed us all around the area.
We went to the Dune du Pyla (also known as the Dune du Pilat), which is the tallest sand dune in Europe. Some adventurous people walked or ran up the large natural wonder, but we chose to walk up the set of stairs.
The dune is 500m wide, 2.7km in length and 110m above sea level. People packed little picnics and set out blankets on the top and enjoyed the amazing views.
We got out the door “early” (as early as you can when you have a baby) and had climbed the dune and were back down before the suns rays were too harsh. After, we went to the local market and bought fresh fruit and produce to enjoy during our stay.
We went to the beach and dipped our toes in the water, but it was still too cold for us!
The shops and restaurants all have a very beachy vibe and I would feel quite at home here if I rented a vacation property and spent all summer here like a lot of Europeans do.
Catherine and Bennett are members of the Château Fonplegade winery in the nearby town of Saint Emilion. Saint Emilion is a commune in the Southwest of France known for its red wines.
It has many vineyards and is built on a clay limestone plateau. It is marked as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and has many Romanesque churches and ruins. We walked around the main square and saw the rolling landscape of grapevines.
We had lunch at a cute little outdoor restaurant that served deliciously fresh food.
We were hoping to do a tour and tasting at Château Fonplegade, but they were hosting a swanky event, so we took the opportunity to see a different Château nearby that Catherine had not yet been to.
Château Villemaurine is a picturesque vineyard and Château built on a network of limestone quarries. We were able to take a tour of the quarries and winemaking facilities and then taste a few wines.
William enjoyed going down in the cool, dark quarries that were illuminated with spotlights, and was quite curious about the wine we tasted.
Because we never had a chance to visit Catherine and Bennett’s Château, they put on an informal wine tasting at their home for us. They were kind enough to dip into their wine cellar and bring out some of their special bottles so that we could try them. It was a wonderful way to end our holiday and enjoy the beautiful Sud Ouest of France.