The Landes Regional Nature Park – The seaside resorts

Enjoy all the pleasures the water has to offer along the vast ocean beaches and great lakes. Let curiosity get the better of you; lose yourself in the heart of a wilderness, remarkably well preserved, the largest forest in Europe! Feel the pace of its local traditions, brought to life in summer by the local bullfight, a symbol of Gascony.
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Biscarrosse

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.

www.biscarrosse.com

The inescapable

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!

 

www.hydravions-biscarrosse.com

Seaplane museum
Seaplane museum

More feelings

Amusement

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?

biscaventure.fr

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Mimizan

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.

 

www.mimizan-tourisme.com

The inescapable

 

The porch tower of the priory church, a Jacobean site, classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

www.mimizan-tourisme.com/-heritage-and-traditions

Porch tower of the priory church
Porch tower of the priory church
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Sabres

 

Sabres, gateway to the Regional Nature Park of the Landes de Gascogne.

The inescapable

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.

Steam train
Steam train
Sheeps, Marquèze museum
Sheeps, Marquèze museum
Traditionnal farm, Marquèze museum
Traditionnal farm, Marquèze museum

More feelings

Amusement

 

Attend one of the many festivals and traditional celebrations organised in the village in spring and summer.

www.marqueze.fr

www.parc-landes-de-gascogne.fr

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Moliets-et-Maa

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.

The inescapable

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.

 

www.moliets.com

www.bateliers-courant-huchet.fr

Trip down the Courant d’Huchet in a galupe
Trip down the Courant d’Huchet in a galupe
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Hossegor

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 inescapable

The seafront and beautiful villas along the golf course.
www.hossegor.fr

Seaside
Seaside
Paddle on the lake
Paddle on the lake
Surf competition
Surf competition
House in the town centre
House in the town centre
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Capbreton

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!

More feelings

Serenity

 

Do a little shopping at the surfing outlet stores! You’re close to some excellent spots for riding the waves.

www.capbreton-tourisme.com

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