Discover the south Landes coast
At Capbreton, explore the narrow streets and houses of the 15th and 16th century, the church with its maritime votive offerings and its look-out tower which was used to watch the ships coming in and out of the harbour. Discover the wooden jetty which has protected the port entrance since Napoleon III. www.capbreton-tourisme.com
Centre for heritage and the spoken word
To find out more about the history and legends of the sailors of Capbreton, you can visit the brand new Maison de l’Oralité et du Patrimoine, a contemporary visitors’ centre dedicated to local history. Three medieval houses have been entirely restored over ten months of work. One houses a collection of paintings representing Capbreton’s past. From the historic origins of the town to today’s modern water sport activities, the forest and the vineyards on the dunes, this interactive, fun space reserves some pleasant surprises for visitors, who can go for virtual explorations of the Gouf (deep-sea canyon), visit a wood-pigeon hunting tower, listen to local legends or learn about the history of the Estacade.Contact and opening times : Centre ville – rue du Général-de-Gaulle – Capbreton
July/August : Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 4pm-8pm , Friday late night opening until 10pm
September – June : Tuesday – Saturday 2.30pm – 6pm, Closed Sunday, Monday and public holidays.
Information : Tel 05 58 72 96 05
At Hossegor, visit the elegant boutiques and fashionable bars for which Hossegor is reputed. Stroll past the Sporting Casino, stylish villas and the Place des Landais on the sea front, fine examples of 1930s regional architecture.
www.hossegor.fr or www.ville-soorts-hossegor.fr
At Labenne, the Orx wetlands nature reserve is the habitat of dozens of bird species.
At Labenne Océan, spend time on the sea front in the pavement cafés and bars, built in the typical informal wooden style. Don’t forget to pay a visit to some amusing monkey friends at the “monkey forest” amongst the pine trees.
www.tourisme-labenne.com or www.ville-labenne.fr
At Angresse, take time to relax in the tranquillity of a country village, with quiet lanes, ancient farms and walks along the streams and ponds which make up the “Barthes” (wetlands).
At Seignosse, the international 18 hole golf course is worth a visit, as well as the many parks filled with trees and flowers bordering stunning modern, colourful villas. Don’t miss a stroll along the footbridge across the Etang Noir nature reserve.
www.seignosse-tourisme.com or www.seignosse.com
Avenue des Arènes
At Bénesse-Maremne, a small village with a population of around 2000 inhabitants, you will find a rural charm only a few minutes from the lively beach resorts of the south Landes coast. Cultural and sporting activities are organised throughout the year.
Discover the 23 villages of Maremne Adour Côte Sud and the activity timetable on the site. www.landescotesud.com