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The town with seven ports

The Gujan-Mestras coastline stretches over 7 km from east to west, and is home to seven ports.

From the Port of La Hume, with its supervised beach, to the Port of La Mole – the coastal path invites you to discover each of these seven ports.

The Port of La Hume

The Port of La Hume is fed by the Landes canal.

In the 19th century, several sailors’ huts could be found here. Over time, it became an oyster port, with one of its docks transformed into a marina in 1985.

Today the La Hume marina is a fantastic site for relaxing and strolling, with its supervised beach just a stone’s throw away.

The port
of Meyran

Located on the edge of the Estey of Meyran, known as the “channel of the old port”, for many years the Port of Meyran was a beaching port.

Dedicated to fishing and oyster farming, the port served as a terminal from 1919 to 1935 for the railway line which transported timber from the Gironde and Landes forests, to be transported to English mines.

Today, it is the largest oyster port in Gujan-Mestras.

The port
of Gujan

In 1843, the ‘Bains Gujanais’ bath house was constructed at the end of a 450-metre gangway.

At that time, the port took its name from the gangway. At the beginning of the 20th century however, after the establishment closed, it returned to its original name of the Port of Gujan.

Today, in this professional port, you will be able to see thousands of ‘whitewashed’ tiles, intended for collecting spat – especially in spring.

The port
of Larros

The Port of Larros was built in 1883. It is 110 metres long and 30 metres wide. Larros was an important fishing port in the inter-war period, particularly for sardine fishing.

In 1891, the sailors’ cross was installed at the end of a jetty known as ‘Christ’s Jetty’.

Today, this port is the most emblematic of Gujan-Mestras, with its oyster shacks, oyster tastings and its famous shipyards – Couach and Dubourdieu.

The Port of Larros is also home to the Maison de l’Huître, an oyster-farming museum we strongly recommend visiting with your family, where you’ll learn all about oyster farming and the profession. A visit to this museum is essential if you want to truly understand the Arcachon Bay.

In summer, the ‘Jeudis de Larros’ are not to be missed! Every Thursday from 1 July to 31 August you’ll find free concerts and shows, all with a festive and friendly atmosphere.

The port
of Canal

Originally, this port was dug out around 1850 in order to build the dike that led to the Mestras baths.

10 m wide, it had a structure similar to a canal: hence its name. Later, with the development of sardine fishing and oyster farming, it was transformed into a port. Today it is one of the most active in the town. Why not take a walk down to the end of the docks and enjoy the view over the Arcachon Bay?

The port of la

The Port of La Barbotière was created in the 18th century. It was originally known as the Port of Mestras.

In the 1900s, a cold-bath house was constructed for bathing enthusiasts and the port was renamed La Barbotière. The port is still known by this name today. It is now the oldest port of Gujan-Mestras. Most notably, it houses the headquarters of the Regional Shellfish Committee.

Take a walk along the cabins and admire the Bay, ever changing according to the tides and seasons.


The port
of la Mole

The Port of La Mole is the smallest of Gujan-Mestras’ ports. It borders the fish reservoir and the salt meadows.

Oyster farming is not carried out at this port, as it has never been dug out and remains difficult to access. From here, you can admire a wild landscape and try to uncover the remains of the old mill’s ‘millstone’ or ‘meule’, from which the port takes its name.

A commemorative stone tablet was erected in 2016, in memory of a crew of seven American aviators from the B17 42-37872, which crashed into the Bay opposite Gujan-Mestras on 5 January 1944.

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