Landes…a must-visit holiday hotspot in France! Appreciate the huge diversity of settings, including the immense pine forest. And what would the French department of Landes be without its famous shores of golden sand stretching to infinity? The most precious treasure of Landes is the ocean itself, ebbing and flowing with the intensity of its wild beauty. You’ll also love the vast stretches of water tucked away in the forest, like the lakes of Biscarrosse and Soustons, home to a host of remarkable species, some of which are protected.
But Landes also boasts an outstanding array of culinary specialities. Meet the men and women who strive to keep the farming passion alive. Learn how to fully appreciate Armagnac, rediscover the flavour of duck served in every form and, for sweet tooths, savour the local taste of “pastis landais” (brioche) and “tourtière landaise” (pie)
To help you digest these choice dishes, visit the region’s churches, admire the Art-Deco architecture and walk to the miraculous sources. There’s nothing quite like the heritage of Landes to take you back in time! Landes likes to showcase its vestiges of the past, from the Prehistoric era at the Archeoparc of Brassempouy, to the Gallo-Roman remains of Dax, by way of the Middle Ages at the bastides of Saint-Justin and Monfort-en-Chalosse. The Marquèze ecomuseum retraces the wonderful saga of the resin workers of Despiau and Wlérick. A whole programme!