The Landes bring together territories with very different landscapes. Coastal paths line the long beaches and span the dunes along the coastline. The Landes de Gascogne Regional Park is ideal for family outings, in the heart of the Landes forest. The more athletic will appreciate the Chalosse valleys, south of the Adour, or the Armagnac hills, near Mont-de-Marsan. We have selected the coolest routes for you, for young and old alike. Put on your walking shoes, let's go hiking in the Landes!
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ALL THE HIKES to do in the Landes, can be found on our special hiking page in the Landes, with our partner CIRKWI. Indicate the place of departure or the geographical area that interests you, to find itineraries, circuits and hiking loops to do in the Landes. Smart and practical!
The GR655 Grande Randonnée path crosses the Landes from north to south, from Saugnacq-et-Muret to Adour. It is part of the Voie de Tours des Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, so you can extend it either northwards in Gironde or southwards in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The Ways of Compostela are marked out by points of religious interest: churches, abbeys, cathedrals... It is a good opportunity to discover the magnificent heritage of the region.
Take a break to have fun with the family at the Testarouman leisure center in the Pissos nature and sport base.
The GR654 corresponds to the Voie limousine de Vézelay. Two portions cross the Landes. A first stage starts from La Réole, in Gironde, to Mont-de-Marsan. You can join the Landes GR at Roquefort. Then from Mont-de-Marsan, you continue the GR to the Saint-Blaise church on the border between the Landes and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
We take you to visit Mont-de-Marsan.
Come and hike on the Landes trails, by bike or on foot. Photo ©Guide des Landes
Along the coast, it is pleasant to walk on the dunes or through the Landes forest. Our gaze is lost in the distance on the horizon line between the sky and the ocean. We breathe deeply the invigorating sea air and we take the opportunity to play sports: climb the dunes, walk in the sand, run at the edge of the water and why not take a break to swim a little or simply do dip. There are many routes on the Landes coast. Here are our favorites:
Here is an overview of your visit to the Black Pond Nature Reserve.
Follow the small paths near the lakes and ponds of the Landes. Here, the pretty Port Lili. Photo ©Guide des Landes
The Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park covers a vast territory straddling the Landes and the Gironde. In the Landes department, it stretches between Casteljaloux, Mont-de-Marsan and the Arjuzanx National Reserve. It brings together specific natural spaces, which require protection. We must therefore be careful to preserve them. You can walk around it being respectful. Here are some interesting routes:
The Arjuzanx National Reserve is a magical place, silent and conducive to bird watching. Photo: © Branko | AdobeStock.com
In the interior of the Landes, walking is more sporty. La Chalosse is a territory nestled between the Adour and the Pyrenees. Many paths run through this hilly landscape crisscrossed by charming rivers and small torrents. Sources around Dax and Eugénie-les-Bains make it a famous thermal region. The forests provide a very pleasant setting for your walks and as soon as the forest cover clears up, you can admire beautiful panoramas of the Pyrenees mountains. We recommend three hiking areas in Chalosse:
The Barthes de l'Adour attract many birds. In Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx, the Lesgau reserve protects these places of nesting and passage of migratory birds. The tourist office organizes guided outings in this ornithological observatory.
The Luy winds between the valleys of the Chalosse, before flowing into the Adour. It is the heart of Chalosse, an agricultural and breeding land. You walk through meadows and pastures, punctuated by groves, following the Luy. You can take the Voie Verte de la Chalosse from Dax to Saint-Sever.
At the foot of the Pyrenees and at the water's edge, beautiful routes await you around Peyrehorade. You will follow the Gaves de Pau, Oloron and the Gaves combined. There are also themed circuits on Landes heritage.
After sport, enjoy a moment of relaxation in the spas of the Landes.
Two greenways run along the Armagnac vineyard slopes:
Landes greenways. Photo: ©Guide des Landes
Here are the must-see sites to organize your hiking trips in the Landes:
We have reached the end of our hiking guide in the Landes and we just have to wish you beautiful walks!
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