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My Route du Bonheur

From Bordeaux to the Basque Country: city, surf and sun

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Culture-vultures, nature lovers and urbanistas will all love this itinerary, which includes Bordeaux (the Port de la Lune, as it is known locally), the long golden beaches of the Atlantic coast and the enchanting forests of the Landes. In Bordeaux, you can take an ‘alternative’ stroll through the newest trendy spots, before setting sail for Cap Ferret and a picnic on the Banc d’Arguin nature reserve, as the famous pinnace boats sail by. A detour to the Landes de Gascogne national park, peppered with pastoral scenes, will lead you to the lively holiday spots of Hossegor, Capbreton and their Basque Country counterparts. Welcome to the ‘Surfin’ way of life’. Learn how to ride the waves on a stand-up paddle board and drift off to find dolphins and porpoises before heading back to shore and meeting friends over a glass of Xiacoli. Paradise lies at the end of the sandy track, behind the dunes...
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
*Total price provided for information only, based on accommodation for two people in a double room for the number of nights per property as indicated on this page, exclusive of recommended activities, properties that cannot be reserved online and restaurants.


1 Bordeaux — 1 Night
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La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez

Bordeaux - France

Hotel and restaurant in town. The Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez is a private 19th century mansion, driven by two ambassadors of excellence, at the service of the arts. The art of hospitality is showcased by the six elegant guest rooms inspired by Napoleon III style. Culinary arts are embodied by the exceptional cuisine of Pierre Gagnaire. The art of Great Wines, with a wine list unique in the world, boasting 259 positions including 172 Grands Crus Classés, is perfectly aligned to the remarkable signature dishes of the Chef with new creations around local products. The journey continues with contemporary art at the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, across the street, with the permanent exhibition of works from the collection of the owner. ... Learn moreless

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Ecological urban hive

Ecological urban hive

The new must-see attraction of Bordeaux, a city within the city. The Darwin ecosystem, originally a co-working space, is an ideal place for a weekend stroll. You can find a variety of restaurants, indoor/outdoor activities, an organic grocery store, and more. Enjoy brunch, listen to music, admire the street art - you can do whatever you want in this totally friendly environment. "Darwin" is a true "living hive dedicated to eco-creative activities". 

Summertime open-air dance hall

Summertime open-air dance hall

Darwin, always Darwin... you’ve already heard about the Darwin ecosystem, but here's another special secret. The banks of the Garonne fill up during the summer with the Alriq open-air cafe. This sort of cabaret dance hall is a popular spot to dance the night away. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a drink, have a snack, or just observe the collection of people enjoying themselves.   

 

Alchemist apprentice

Alchemist apprentice

After visiting the Château Pape Clément and the adjacent cellars, you’ll embark on creating your own blend of grape varieties. Whether seeking fruity aromas or a more robust taste, you will be the master in charge of bottling your own composition. 

More information: Château Pape Clément, Pessac, B-Winemarker
2-hour activity: visit and workshop to create and personalise your own bottle of wine

 

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The Pinnaces of Bassin d'Arcachon & Cap Ferret

The Pinnaces of Bassin d'Arcachon & Cap Ferret

What if you were to take a pinnace into the ocean? It’s a new way to discover this magical place. Get closer to île aux oiseaux and see the Tchanque huts more closely. If you feel like it, you can also make a stop for coffee! 

 

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2 Eugénie-les-Bains — 1 Night
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Les Prés d’Eugénie - Maison Guérard

Eugénie-les-Bains - France

Restaurant and hotel in the country. A small country palace, on the borders of the Landes and Béarn regions, a romantic haven, a feast for the senses, for pampering your body and letting your mind wander. This family home is an invitation to happiness. Fairytale gardens, aristocratic abode and symphonic cuisine. In this small village, once placed under the patronage of Empress Eugénie, herb gardens, majestic trees and ancient roses line the pathway to a stunning spa, La Ferme Thermale®. In the kitchen, Michel Guérard, who "cooks the way a bird sings", creates celestial marvels. Everywhere else, Christine casts her poetic touch. ... Learn moreless

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Poetic Agriculture

Poetic Agriculture

Have you experienced poetic agriculture? At 30 years old, Clément Baillet took over his grandparents’s breeding business: goats of the Pyrenees, Gascon pigs, geese of Toulouse...and his life was never the same!The project started a little crazy - 100% self-financed, 100% outdoors, and 100% self-contained! But after many adventures, hours of hard work, lots of risks, and a good dose of courage, the project is now sustainable.Today, it's an enchanting neo-rural community, and Clément is well supported by Valentine, Marie the cheese queen, and Margaux.  A dream for all urbanites with neo-rural desires! Experience the adventure of a day at the Bacotte farm with Clément and his sidekicks, where you’ll follow them as they care for the animals and make cheese, then share a lunch together. 

More information: Ferme Bacotte, Saint-Sever, Clément Baillet, 06 87 44 90 36

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The Grand Pyrenees

The Grand Pyrenees

What to take things to another level? Take a helicopter ride to marvel at the Pyrenees. The hills of Landes will be left behind  as you glide towards the slopes of Jurançon and the pass of Marie Blanque before climbing up to the famous Pic du Midi d'Ossau (yes, you know...the dogs tooth). Then, you'll soar over the valley of the Gaves and through the mythical pass of the Tourmalet and the famous Pic du Midi observatory.  A journey through the sky with the majestic Cirque de Gavarnie (UNESCO) as its backdrop that reaches heights up to 3,000m above sea level.

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3 Magescq — 1 Night
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Relais de la Poste

Magescq - France

Restaurant and hotel in a village. This 19th century mansion combines all that is great about the southwest of France and the Landes, the country of dunes and wide open spaces. The scent of the sea pines drifts over those relaxing by the swimming pool or on the white sandy beaches, only a few kilometres from the Relais de la Poste, or those surfing the famous waves of the Landes coast. Chef Jean Coussau concocts with great talent flavorful gourmet recipes originating from the region between the Basque Country and Bordeaux, with its wealth of exceptional products, like Adour lamprey, hot duck foie gras with grapes, sand asparagus from the Landes or Gillardeau oysters on a bed of chanterelles. ... Learn moreless

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Surf Camp and Beer under the pines

Surf Camp and Beer under the pines

A collection of Surf Schools that offer surf lessons on the beaches of Hossegor, which has some of the best waves in the world.

The Watermansport surf school, directly on the South Beach, offers a wide range of lessons (group or private) from April to October, as well as Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) lessons. Since you’ll want to explore the area after you master your SUP, the school offers several guided trips through the dreamlike landscape.  To celebrate a perfect "Take off", go to the Hapchot brewery for a well-deserved drink.

We love Hossegor for its Californian way of life that mixes nature, relaxation and beauty. 

 

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Hôtel Parc Victoria

Saint-Jean-de-Luz - France

Hotel and restaurant in a park. Just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and the city centre, this 19th century Napoleon III-style mansion in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a charming harbour city, in the heart of the Basque Country, offers an intimate setting sheltered by century-old trees. Close to both ocean and mountains, there is an abundance of activities, including swimming in the pool in the middle of the park. Inside the Hotel Parc Victoria an Art deco interior décor and furniture. At the restaurant a convivial, generous and regional cuisine, inspired by the markets of the Basque Country, can be enjoyed, including hake from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, squids, peppers or Espelette pepper. ... Learn moreless

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Pop-up Star Bar

Pop-up Star Bar

Ten years ago this former Renault shop, Le Garage Lamerain, located in the heart of Saint-Jean de Luz closed its doors. 600m2 of empty spaces was left abandoned in the centre of the pretty little Basque town of Saint-Jean de Luz. 
It's a huge market with a bar and different dining areas in the centre (spirit tapas, burgers, etc..), so everyone can make their own choices then sit together wherever they want.  It is Chez Renauld’s spirit that has somehow managed to quickly bring different generations together for celebrations or just to enjoy spending time together. 

Skate forever!

Skate forever!

The 162 Skate School (located opposite Quiksilver France's parent company) is a Basque skateboard school. It offers group and private lessons, courses, free initiations and various events for all ages!

Skate Park & ​​Skate School, the skateboard school of Saint Jean de Luz.
More information: 162 Skate School, 05 59 51 44 00

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5 Saint-Pée sur Nivelle — 1 Night
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L'Auberge Basque

Saint-Pée sur Nivelle - France

Hotel and restaurant in the country. A few kilometres from the ocean, facing the Pyrenees and the Larrun, the Auberge Basque offers a calming pause in a territory full of character. A traditional inn on one side, a modernist cube on the other, the establishment offers a beautiful architectural contrast that can also be found in the cuisine. In love with the Basque Country and trained in the finest restaurants of Paris, chef Cédric Béchade joyfully blends the authenticity of regional products with the refinement of his dishes, conceived as contemporary works of art. Several elegantly decorated rooms will have you wishing to extend your discovery of the Basque mountains. ... Learn moreless

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