In New Aquitaine, bordered by the Atlantic, the Landes offer a majestic forest and breathtaking ocean landscapes.
At the heart of Gascony, the Landes department is the second largest in France. Rich in its forests, its beaches, its heritage and its culture, the Landes is a destination of choice for all holidaymakers in search of wild nature.
The essentials of the Landes
Among the essentials of the Landes, the Landes coast offers a multitude of discoveries and outdoor sports. The department has also become a particularly popular surfing destination. The forest and the numerous lakes are just as many wonders to discover. But the Landes is also the number one spa destination in France. The Dax region alone offers 17 spa establishments. During your stay, do not miss the thermal waters of Eugénie-les-Bains, Préchacq-les-Bains or Saubusse.
Remarkable natural sites
The Landes forest is one of the largest in Europe. Mainly composed of maritime pines, it occupies nearly 60% of the territory. The Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park was put in place to protect this biodiversity too often tested by storms and fires. But the Landes is also more than 100 kilometers of coastline. 37 of the largest beaches in Europe welcome iodine and water sports enthusiasts. Offshore, it is possible to observe a number of cetaceans in their natural habitat. Several large lakes bordered by sandy beaches are little paradises for vacationers. Do not miss the lake of Cazaux-Sanguinet. It is the second largest freshwater lake in France.
The Landes are equally a land of history and heritage. Many gems from prehistory to contemporary times dot the landscapes. The ancient crypt of Dax, the Notre-Dame de Sainte-Marie cathedral, the hot fountain and the atrium auditorium take visitors back in time amazed.
The Landes are ideal for water sports. Surfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, windsurfing and kayaking are the masters on the coast, as on the lakes and bodies of water inland. Forests are suitable for hiking, horseback riding and cycling. More than 300 kilometers of cycle paths and 1 kilometers of varied routes await bike lovers. Because in the Landes, cycling is quite simply an art of living. Finally, golf has pride of place in this area. About ten golf courses and driving range, including three internationally renowned courses await you.