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Lacanau VTF

Lacanau is a charming seaside town with a colourful architectural mix of seaside villas from the most modest, to the most opulent. Located on the Atlantic coast of France with 14km of uninterrupted fine, golden sand and over 2300 hours sunshine per year, it is home to many International sports championships. The resort of Lacanau-Ocean is the main beach resort, not to be confused with Lacanau-Ville, a town further along the coast. Lacanau-Ocean is a world-class resort for all water sports, but particularly surfing.

Best for

Famous for its offshore swell producing world class surf and beach-break barrels

Fun Fact

Every year in August, Lacanau-Océan welcomes the world's top surfers for 'Lacanau Pro' which is part of the professional world surfing championship

Nearest airport

Bordeaux (53km)

Centre comfort

Resort charm

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Lacanau is a lively town and resort. A large choice of nightlife is offered from “trendy” nightclubs to the Casino which is open every day. There is a great selection of bars and nightclubs to suit all tastes.

The town also has plenty of shopping in addition to a multitude of sports clubs.

A visit to the vineyards and châteaus of the Bordeaux are a great option – ask at reception for a map of the local area - they are clearly marked. 

Lacanau UCPA is located in quiet spot in the middle of a pine forest, a 15 minute walk to the beaches and centre of town, or 5 minutes by bicycle. The accommodation is basic, but spacious and is divided into 5 separate blocks, each nestled into the forest. There is a restaurant, bar and large outdoor dining onsite plus there are hammocks dotted about for relaxing in. Available at Lacanau UCPA free of charge is: Tennis, bicycle hire, volleyball and petanque. Beautiful walks through the forest and bike rides to surrounding lakes are possible from UCPA, just ask at reception for a map of the local area.


– 4-6 person rooms

– Twin rooms available

– Bathroom facilities are shared between 3 rooms


– Well priced Tiki bar 

– Buffet style restaurant with terrace

– Sports equipment and storage all on site

– Solarium

– WiFi. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities

All UCPA meals are buffet style and with multiple servings the norm; you won't go hungry.

Breakfast is normally yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee and tea is taken in a bowl!

It is possible to return to the centre for lunch everyday where you will find 1 or 2 hot options available. As with all meals there will be a salad bar, plenty of bread, cheese, meat and of course desert. If you prefer you can make a packed lunch at breakfast time and eat on the mountain. Either way you will save a fortune avoiding the piste side restaurants.

Dinner is a 3/4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, a choice of 3 hot main courses, a cheese and cold meat platter and ice cream/dessert.

Due to the cost focussed nature of UCPA and the wide range of dietary requirements, it is impossible to accommodate everyone as standard. If you have any severe dietary requirements please contact the centre two weeks before to let them know. Generally speaking vegetarians will find plenty of options, with vegan options being a little more scarce but improving year on year.

By Air

Bordeaux Airport is the closest airport to UCPA Lacanau only being 53km away. A taxi will be around €100 each way. There are local buses that you can get too, but be aware this will add a couple of hours to your journey. Check out Rome2Rio website to see all the different ways to reach the centre.

Airport Transfers

By Train

From the Bordeaux Saint-Jean SNCF station, take the Transgironde bus line 702, timetables and prices can be found here . Get off at the Marie Curie stop in Lacanau Océan (10 minutes walk from UCPA Lacanau).

Transfers are available from Bordeaux Saint-Jean station, but must be booked in advance. For more information and reservations, please contact the UCPA Lacanau team on .

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