The Landes is the second largest department of France and is located in the South-West, its capital is Mont de Marsan. In this department we enjoy a pleasant oceanic climate, with mild temperatures throughout the year and a hot and sunny climate in the summer period. Perfect for a pleasant holiday. The Landes are also known for their thermal baths and their various thermal resorts such as Eugénie-les-bains or Dax, but they are also highly appreciated for the richness of their incomparable natural heritage and their culinary specialities. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Landes are above all renowned for their unique coastline. Surfing is the most popular sport in the department, but the coastline of the Landes, which stretches for more than 100km, lends itself to many other sports. Just as the beaches are important tourist destinations, the immense Landais forest is also a must-see in the department. There are wonderful walks, on foot, by bike or on horseback. Numerous lakes and ponds also make up this territory and are ideal for recharging your batteries during your holiday in the Landes as well as for 100% nature activities. The Landes has everything you need to make the most of your stay at our camping le Saint Martin!
The natural heritage of the Landes
Nature is omnipresent in the Landes. The Landes landscapes offer a mixture of green, gold and blue, between pine forests, sand dunes and ocean. In addition to the most famous seaside resorts, such as Capbreton, Mimizan, Hossegor and Biscarrosse, Landes invites you to discover an exceptional natural heritage such as its sand dunes. The Pyla Dune, located on the edge of the Landes de Gascogne forest massif, is the highest dune in Europe at over 100 metres. It stretches for about 3km and is made up of 60 cubic metres of sand. Its summit offers a magnificent and vertiginous 360-degree view of the Atlantic and the Landes. You can also visit the Landes de Gascogne regional nature park, which offers an environmental setting that is unique in Europe. Between the pine forests and the Leyre valley, it is a real reserve of biodiversity where you can observe increasingly rare animal species such as the kite and the European mink.
You can also discover the richness of the Landes nature by visiting the Ecomuseum of Marquèze, founded in 1969 by the Landes de Gascogne Natural Park. Between the know-how of yesteryear, the mill, the typical houses, the Gascon games and many other things, it becomes a link between the old society and nature. You can also enjoy pleasant walks in the Landes pine forest, an activity not to be missed on your holiday.
Gastronomy from the Landes
Many Landes agricultural products are recognised with a quality label. The culinary specialities of the Landes are prepared from products such as Landes farm duck, Saint-Sever farm chicken, Landes poultry, sweet peppers, Chalosse beef, Adour kiwi, Landes asparagus, Tursan and Landes wines, pastis (which is a brioche) and Armagnac and Floc de Gascogne.
Duck is very popular in Landes, but so is goose. Specialities include foie gras, confit sweetbreads, confit legs and sleeves, duck breast or rillettes and fat. These dishes are usually served with potatoes cooked in the duck fat or with mushrooms. The famous Landes dish is undoubtedly one of the most famous dishes of Landes cuisine. It consists of asparagus, pine nuts, corn, Bayonne ham, sweetbreads confit, strips of smoked or dried duck breast and foie gras.