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The history of the town of Tarnos with almost 12 000 inhabitants is closely linked to that of the River Adour. Until the Middle Ages the river flowed into the ocean further north (Capbreton, Vieux Boucau). Tarnos became the estuary when Bayonne diverted the river and permanently confined the river mouth in 1578. The development of an industrial port (steelworks) led to important economic growth from 1880 to 1965 and the creation of jobs for several thousand workers. Most of these lived in the Cité des Forges which is today classed as a listed district. Although new rolling mills are currently being installed, high technology companies have now superseded iron transformation activities.

visuel plage Tarnos
Nevertheless, Tarnos has a particularly well preserved natural heritage. There are two distinct areas: the Barthes district (wetlands on the banks of the River Adour) and the typically Landais coastal area (ocean, dunes, pine forest …). When the weather is fine the mostly wild beach (supervised during the summer months) enables visitors to play both on the sand and in the waves. The trails and cycle paths through the forest provide walkers and cyclists easy access to the other side of the dune. The intercommunal stadium, skate park, jorkyball … complete the range of sporting facilities available.

The “Océaniques” festival held at the end of July in the Nature park is the highlight of an all year round cultural programme. The only thing missing was a mediatheque, which was recently built next to the town-hall. The holiday camp, campsite, gîtes (self-catering cottages) and chambres d’hôtes (B&B) provide comfortable accommodation whatever the time of year. Finally, local roads and the public bus network shared with both Bayonne and Biarritz all provide easy access for visitors.

    14 boulevard Jacques Duclos
    40220 Tarnos


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