Capbreton is one of the Atlantic ports whose fortunes have suffered with the changing course of the wandering river, the Adour (see Landes). Once important, it went into a decline until rescued by the modern tourism industry.
It lies on one side of the Boudigau canal, opposite Hossegor. The port is still busy, but mainly with leisure boating. Although the pressures of tourism have led to a lot of modern building, some of the old town still remains in small side streets in the centre.
The main curiosity of Capbreton is invisible: a deep gulf, a massive crack in the Continental Shelf, that stretches over 60 km (37 miles) into the Bay of Biscay. It is up to 10 kms (6 miles) wide and an extraordinary 3,000 metres (nearly 10,000 feet) deep - compared with an average depth of 10 metres for the shelf. Geologists are not sure what created it, but it is credited with providing the good surfing conditions along that coast.
|Ecomuseum of fishing and the sea ||Museums|
|A small museum tells the story of fishing at Capbreton from the 10th century, together with fossils and an aquarium of local sea-life.|
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