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VIEUX BOUCAU

VIEUX-BOUCAU (which means old river mouth), once called PORT D’ALBRET, was the first coastal port in the Landes, at the mouth of the Adour river.

The river was redirected in 1578 to create its current estuary in Bayonne. The large natural areas are unspoilt between the dunes and the forest.  The holiday resort of PORT D’ALBRET is a friendly-size resort built around a 60 hectare (140 acre) saltwater lake.

It can be reached via the “Mail”, a superb flowered footpath, the resort’s crown jewel. Boats and pedal boats can dock on the wooded island in the middle of the saltwater lake. Fisherman cast their lines off the magnificent wooden boom. For more info...

The Soustons lake can be reached by canoe or kayak by following the flow of Vieux-Boucau’s current. There’s plenty to see and do: cycle lanes between the sea and forest, marked walking paths, tennis, horse riding, golf, fishing, monitored swimming in the ocean or saltwater lake, and surfing. Spain and the Basque Country are close by with other new and interesting cultures to discover.

LOCAL CULTURE, ATTRACTIONS & PLACES OF INTEREST

During your outings, you’ll discover our fortified towns (“bastides”), museums and Romanesque churches.

. Les bastides de Labastide d'Armagnac, St Justin, Geaune and Grenade.
. Marquèze and its Ecomuseum.
. Pine Resin Products Workshop in Luxey (“Atelier de produits résineux”).
. The Abbeys of Mimizan, Aire sur Adour, Saint Sever and Sorde.
. The “musée de l'hydraviation” in Biscarrosse. (seaplane museum)
. The Sea Ecomuseum (“Ecomusée de la mer”) in Capbreton.
. The Borda Museum in Dax.
. The “courses Landaises”, Festivals and Corridas.
. The wildlife park and Reptilarium in Labenne.
. Contemporary Art Centre in Mont de Marsan.
. The Mont de Marsan Flamenco Festival.
. The Biarritz Dance Festival.

GASTRONOMY

Gastronomy is an important part of Landes lifestyle.

You’ll savour foies gras and duck confits, Landes duck, Chalosse beef, asparagus, seafood, kiwis, porcini mushrooms from Bordeaux, Bayonne ham, oysters from Arcachon, Espelette peppers, ... all accompanied with local and regional wines.
There are several great restaurants throughout our region ...

NATURE and LEISURE

The Natural Regional Park, nature reserves, streams and the Landes forest - plenty of places for you to enjoy the true pleasure of unspoilt nature.

. The Pyrenees Natural Park
. The Natural Regional Park of the Landes de Gascogne
. The great lakes of the Landes: Sanguinet, Parentis, Soustons
. The Arcachon Basin.

SPORTS

Cycling, surfing, walking/hiking, golf, funboard, swimming, tennis, ... just a few of the many sports you can enjoy during your stay.

. Surfing, bodyboarding and longboarding on the "radical" waves all along the Landes coastline
. Footpaths by the dunes and in the Landes forest
. Climbing at the Pic de l'Ossau (Ossau Peak)
. Rafting, canyoning and kayaking in the Pyrenean whitewater rapids.

SPAIN is just a short drive away ...
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