Biscarrosse – Bisca for short – has an atmosphere all its own. Listen carefully – the ocean rollers are just a few steps beyond the terraces. Miles of golden sand for you to enjoy, surf spots ... Lake shores – plural, since the ancient village of the resin collectors sits right between Sanguinet and Parentis – a paradise for families and sailing enthusiasts. And if you want to get out and about, there’s 50 km of cycle paths, the Vélodyssée and an extensive network of hiking trails.
The seaplane history museum – the only one of its kind in Europe. Located on the former Latécoère base, the museum tells of the first transatlantic flights to New York, in the golden age of the seaplane. Saint-Exupéry, Mermoz… Biscarrosse is where they departed from!
For new sensations, head for Bisc’Aventure. A trail through the trees (pines, of course) in perfect safety, try your hand on the zip lines, rope walls, suspended logs and other obstacles. Unless the free jump or bungee jumping is more to your liking?
Another Landes resort with two different faces. One facing the ocean, with its sea air, dunes and tides. The other languishing around Lake Aureilhan, with its small beaches, reeds and fragrant pine forest. Pedalling through this pine forest, you’ll realise that a tree is a gigantic machine for producing oxygen.
The porch tower of the priory church, a Jacobean site, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Sabres, gateway to the Regional Nature Park of the Landes de Gascogne.
All aboard the steam train at Sabres station and travel back in time to the “airial”* of the Marquèze Ecomuseum. Here, from the mill to the bread oven via the barn and the living quarters, it’s all part of the story of daily life in a Landes neighbourhood* in the 19th century. The exhibition pavilion complements and adds variety to the visit, depending on its temporary exhibitions.
* The “airial” is a green space amid the pines, surrounded by protective oak trees around which the neighbourhood is laid out – the name given to the hamlets in these parts.
Near the historic market town, a new resort has sprung up around a magnificent 27-hole golf complex stretching along the coast. Play the longest golf course in France, among the pines, just steps from the ocean.
Time to dream with a trip down the Courant d’Huchet in a galupe, a traditional flat-bottom boat, from Lake Léon to the ocean. All around you in this nature reserve is a forest gallery: water lilies, wild hibiscus, bald cypress and many animal species. It’s lush, the rumbling of the ocean passing over the dunes which stretch to the horizon ... A great experience whether you’re with family or on your own.
An elegant Basque-Landes style resort, chic and discreet. It owes its fame to a number of artists, writers and architects bowled over by the splendour of the site at the end of the 19th century. Hossegor is also a sports enthusiast's paradise, offering some of the best waves in the world for surfers, blond angels with burned noses, who meet here every year to compete in a stage of the world championship.
The seafront and beautiful villas along the golf course.
Separated from Hossegor by the Boudigau Channel, Capbreton has a marina with more than 800 moorings. It’s also been an active fishing port since the early days where sailors went out whaling. There are stories a-plenty at a tale-telling festival in August, or the house of spoken history and heritage throughout the year. The little ones have their stories, too, eager to show their parents the finest sand castle in the world!
Do a little shopping at the surfing outlet stores! You’re close to some excellent spots for riding the waves.