Take an Easyjet to Biarritz and visit Maranga Surfvilla in Seignosse…..

direct connection! We have some truly exciting news, sure to be extra interesting for Surf-enthusiasts from Berlin and maybe even Hamburg:

EASYJET is offering flights in the months of August/September/October at the astonishingly low-budget rates that we have come to know from this company. They’re a great option for our Swiss friends as well! Starting in June Easyjet will also be connecting Basel and Biarritz directly.

Everyone planning their surf trip early can really stand to make some great savings here. Plus, you will land right in the absolute centre of the French surf scene on the Atlantic coast.

Not necessarily in August, but throughout September and October you can get great deals on rental cars as well, with which you can begin exploring all the surf spots (and the fantastic local cuisine!) That being said, a rental car is not a must – there is also a public bus that will take you directly to THE MARANGA SURFVILLA in Seignosse le Penon.


Of course, from there, Hossegor and the MARANGA SURFVILLA are only a stone’s throw away.


October is also the month of one of the Atlantic coast’s most anticipated events returns to our doorstep: The Quiksilver/Roxy Pro! From the 3rd through 14th of October 2018 the world’s surfing elite will be stopping here on their 9th tour stop. The waves have never let us down for this event and the weather can still reach peak summer conditions. What could be better, than to sit in the front row on the beach and watch the Pros do their thing (for the phenomenal price of zero euros :))?


In this week the places are very sought after, so if you want to be a part of it we suggest booking early!


Luisa loves poeple – or why a stay at Maranga is really worth it

Ever since I first stepped foot into the Maranga Surfvilla three years ago, I’ve come back every year since. And it’s not like I’ve been saying, “Oh yeah, I have some vacation days, time to book a trip.” I’ve been saying, “Oh yeah! I have vacation days! Time to book a Maranga trip!”


Now that’s a thing I rarely feel, the desire to repeat things. Usually my impulse is quite the opposite: to discover as many new places as possible, to experience the maximum amount of novelties. So why is it, that every year I deeply want to return to Maranga – a place that I know every square inch of. Literally. I do the cleaning here, so I swear, I know this place like the back of my hand. 😉

Well, of course, I like surfing, and I want to use every opportunity to get better at it – and Maranga’s a great place for that – but honestly, I’m not so intense about it that I feel the need to plan every vacation around it. And nobody who knows me would judge from my progress that I must be pursuing it hard-core.

No. I know why I come back here every year, and it’s for the very same reason that I recommend you should come as well: it’s because of the people that you meet.

Let’s take a little detour to talk about time with a capital T.  Time, you’ve heard of it. A lot of studies have been done on the human perception of time, when it’s felt to pass slowly or quickly – it’s a very fascinating subject. One common result is that time is felt to pass slower when one is confronted with a lot of new impressions. This says something about the intensity of life: lots of new experiences compressed into a short span of time result in a perceived lengthening of time. This, is what happens to me at Maranga. I often feel like the 2-4 weeks I spend at the Villa Chilla end up influencing me as much as 6 months of my routine life, and that’s because of the people.

In life, it seems to me, we are placed in fairly specific social constellations, without necessarily being aware of this. Consider these things. You rarely get to know people outside of your age group, and if you do, more often than not there are hierarchies at play that get in the way of a natural exchange: this person is your professional superior or a friend of your parents/grand-parents etc. You are also far more likely to meet people in the same field of work as you, forcibly, because why else would you even be in contact? Most people you meet will in your day-to-day life will be from the same region as you – now that’s just the pure rule of probability.

At our surf-camp, this order of the world doesn’t apply at all! The only common thing pulling people here is a shared love of surfing. Other than that, the possibilities and personalities are endless. During my time at Maranga I have met people that I would have surely never crossed paths with otherwise. You start the week with a group of quasi-strangers and end it having formed intimate relationships with all these new people. And these relationships can take any form you want: like old friends, like siblings, like student and teacher, like parent and child, like twins separated at birth.

It’s a truly rare thing, to be able to meet such a variety of people on such an even playing field. When I was in my early twenties it expanded my horizons in a real way. Every week I listened to the life stories of so many individuals. I discovered professions, which I previously didn’t even know existed. I learned of the most unconventional paths people took to reach their current successes. I joked around with folks twenty years my seniors, as if we were old school buddies, and I was encouraged by kids ten years my juniors. Every week I placed myself in the lives of others, and in doing so some of their life experience became my own. That is why every week at Maranga feels as intense as one whole month of normal life.

And that all translates into potential: Had I never heard of any of these things, I would have never thought, that they could also be possibilities for me.

For all these reasons and more I’m excited to surround myself with the faces of friends old and new, and in the name of the entire Maranga-Family I would like to say: We’re looking forward to you visit in this year of 2018 and thank you for all your previous visits at the Villa-Chilla!!!

Click the link to book your next stay at Maranga, in order to extend your (perceived) lifetime as well!


In Praise of the Off-Season…

…or: What Luisa Thinks of Fall Break…                                                     

 Fall break is one of the greatest gifts ever bestowed upon mankind. Just when the going at work starts getting tough again, fall break swoops in and takes you once again to the land of vacation, where free time and fun flow like milk and honey. Afterwards, all you have to do is let yourself slide through Christmas time to round out the year. Done.

Unfortunately, sometimes it can happen that fall break just shows up at your doorstep and catches you unprepared, like a visitor who announced himself ages ago and who you had by now completely forgotten about. It stumbles in, leaving you with no plans to effectively savor this greatest of gifts ever given to humble mortals that is fall break. To prevent this tragedy from happening to you, we have an idea: come visit us at Maranga Surfvilla next fall and enjoy all the benefits of the off-season – great weather, empty line-ups, and beautiful late-summer landscapes!

Of course, there are many well-known reservations people have about surfing later in the year…Isn’t the ocean too wild already? Isn’t it too cold to be walking around in a soaked wetsuit? Aren’t the beaches windy and uncomfortable? Put your worries aside, the off-season has something for everybody.

The waves conditions can be a bit more variable, which is the perfect challenge for intermediate and advanced surfers, and can also be great news for beginners. Why? During the off-season, course sizes shrink so that you receive a lot more individual attention. Our surf instructors know these spots like the back of their hand and can teach you directly how to navigate the waves and the currents. In this way, you’re not only training the mechanics of surfing, but learning how move in the water on your own.

So now you see, surfing will be the least of your problems. Rather, your dilemma will probably be that you have too many fun things to do in too little time. You should definitely treat yourself to a walk through the pines, where the paths snake between dunes and forest glades. Dive into the end-season sales at the outlets. Eat French ice cream and baked specialties until you’re fit to burst. And then…look beyond Hossegor, and take a day-trip to one of the surrounding cities, now emptied of all those pesky tourists. How about Biarritz? Maybe San Sebastianis more your thing? No matter – they’re all great!

And then, after all that is over and done with, come back to the Surfvilla, snuggle up on a couch, tell us about your adventures, and sing out in praise of the off-season!

May it live forever!