Over almost 140km, the Landes makes up a marine panorama that is unique in France: uninterrupted sandy beaches and vast pine woods dotted with lakes, some of which have been set up for leisure pursuits, some left wild, like the Etang de Léon, which is connected to the sea by the Courant d'Huchet, a river that you can boat down.
The seaside resorts (Biscarosse, Hossegor etc) are welcoming and family friendly, offering a multitude of activities (such as surfing and land sailing), and it is also easy to get away from it all by hiring a bicycle.
The hinterland is also worth visiting. Venture into the Parc Naturel des Landes de Gascogne, a vast conifer forest, and find out more about its secrets at the ecomuseum Écomusée de Marquèze. A stopover in Dax or Mont-de-Marsan, whose reputations for festive ferias are firmly established, will give you an opportunity to see the south of this département, its bastides with their shady arcades, such as Labastide-d'Armagnac, and its ancestral buildings, such as the Benedictine abbey of St-Sever.
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