To the south of the Adour river which crosses the city of Dax, this hilly and green region offers many panoramas towards Béarn and the Pyrenees chain that can be seen to the south. Suitable for hiking or mountain biking, it is a region of good living, like all the Landes elsewhere, with star products such as the red label kiwi from Adour, duck foie gras north of la Chalosse to Mugron with a high concentration of farm producers in this area, or even the poultry of Saint-Sever, raised in the open air.
The wines of the Tursan vineyard are sheltered here in a preserved terroir, between Dax and Mont de Marsan. Le Tursan enjoys a privileged climatic location, just after the great Landes forest and far from renowned ocean beaches. It stretches in the curves of the Adour and on the first folds of the oceanic Pyrenees. Here, it is a land of delicacies, where you can taste Dax madeleines and other local specialties… This region is also and above all the first spa destination in France with Dax as a highlight, but also Eugenie les Bains, Saubusse, Préchacq les Bains, Saint Paul lès Dax. Immerse yourself in gastronomy, hydrotherapy and history, in an authentic territory.
Peyrehorade, was founded in the Middle Ages between the gaves (the name of the rivers in this region) and the hill of Aspremont. The city is located at the crossroads between Chalosse, the Basque Country and Béarn. It is a pretty quiet town, where it is good to stroll and especially to go for a walk to the market, which has been in place since 1358 every Wednesday ! Visit Maison Barthouil, to find out everything about salmon, its fishing and its conservation by smoking.
Sorde l'Abbaye, located on the edge of the Gave d'Oléron, is home to a remarkable heritage. The village is a recognized stage on the paths of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. The Abbey of Saint-Jean-de-Sorde, listed as a Historic Monument and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, constitutes the main architectural wealth of the village.
Hastingues, is a country house founded in 1289 by John de Hastings on an ancient Roman oppidum. It was built to defend the port of Bayonne. Admire its 14th century fortified gate, its very pretty typical houses, and not far away, the superb Arthous Abbey, founded in 1167 by the Premonstratensians of Case-Dieu, classified as a Historic Monument.
Dax is the first spa town in France. Curists arrive from all over France and elsewhere in this city, renowned for its healing mud. You can take very beautiful walks in old Dax where the atmosphere and buildings alternate from Gallo-Roman times to art deco. There are many fountains in the city, including the hot fountain with water at over 60 degrees (watch your fingers!). Stroll along the banks of the Adour, completely renovated and pleasant to discover on foot, via the pedestrian bridge that spans the Adour. The tradition of bullfighting shows is strong in Dax and if you are interested in such shows, inquire about attending them in the superb renovated arenas, with a capacity of over 8,000 seats. In August, it's a good time to appreciate the fervor that flares up throughout the city during the unmissable and famous Feria de Dax which attracts thousands of people...
Statute of Taurus near the arenas of Dax, realized by Christian Maas in 2000
A bit of history : Dax emancipated himself when Richard the Lionheart had a castle built there, which has now disappeared. After having resisted the wars of religion, the city hosted in the middle of the 17th century, the court on the way to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, to sign the peace treaty with Spain and the marriage of Louis XIV with the Infanta Marie Therese. But it is the rise of hydrotherapy that will really build the development of the city; more than 50,000 curists now frequent its 15 thermal establishments every year!
Visit in Dax :
Montfort en Chalosse, is a beautiful little village of around 1,200 people. It offers a radiant view over the Chalosse and its rolling hills on the horizon. There are good restaurants and the Musée de la Chalosse, which recreates daily and domestic life in the 19th century.
Not far from there, Mugron is another small village where there is a park : Le Moulin de Poyaller nestled in the greenery, where you can see animals, you can take boat trips and visit the mill.
Amou is an ancient medieval village, located on the banks of the Luy. With its typical alleys and small squares shaded by plane trees, it is a village where vestiges of very old ceramics dating from the first iron age, have been discovered. also discover the castle of Amou, classified historical monuments… The river is perfect for the amateurs of fishing, but also of canoe and kayak.
Pomarez, is a major place of the Landes race, with magnificent arenas, surprising by their size and color… They are entirely covered and it is possible to visit them and of course to attend a show when they are scheduled.
In Pomarez, there is an educational farm : La Ferme du Grand Castagnet, which can be visited in summer. it is a duck farm and you will learn all about its breeding as well as the products made in a cannery.
To refresh yourself, go to Lake Tastoa not far from the city, where you can fish, jog on the fitness trail, observe animals and do a 2.3 km loop with a fitness trail.
The village of Brassempouy is famous for its prehistoric shelters where the Lady of Brassempouy was discovered in 1894, an ivory statuette of a mammoth 25,000 years old. Discover the Prehistosite museum in Brassempouy, dedicated to this discovery and to the Pope's cave. The museography is interesting for all ages. Complete the visit with that of the Archeopark, a place devoted to archeology, which comes alive with visits by mediators and demonstrations and workshops in flint cutting, prehistoric hunting with a thruster...
Stroll through the town of this small village of Chalosse, inherited from the Middle Ages and dominated by the church classified as a Historic Monument.
Gaujacq, Built on a Gallo-Roman site, the village has kept some vestiges of its feudal citadel but is especially famous today for its plantarium which attracts nurserymen and collectors from all over the country every year in mid-May.
Visit the Château de Gaujacq, built in the 17th century on a Gallo-Roman and medieval site, four main buildings, splendid 17th and 18th century apartments inhabited and furnished...
The golden age of this old medieval town (of which there are still traces of the fortifications with doors and defensive towers) is in the 11th and 12th centuries, when the abbey church was rebuilt. The previous Benedictine monastery had been ruined by the invasions in the 9th and 10th centuries. Take a walk to discover the magnificent Jacobin Convent in the city. Considered one of the oldest bullfighting towns in France, Saint-Sever can be visited today for its architectural riches and the breeding of its famous Label Rouge chickens. The Abbey and the Church of Saint-Sever are classified as a Historic Monument and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Saint Jacques de Compostelle routes.
The source of this spa town was already known to the Romans, it was Henri IV who set up a system to enhance the value of its sulphated waters and the Empress Eugenie de Montijo sponsored it. Today it is a renowned spa resort under the leadership of the Chaine Thermale du Soleil, the chef Michel Guérard has one of our best national restaurants there...
Grenade sur l'Adour, a land rich in grains, that's what its name means, bastide founded in 1322 by the English, very pretty houses with wooden balconies, diagram of the traditional bastide with its quadrangular square...
Discover the wine route of Tursan "On the way of the vines" with very friendly welcome from the winegrowers.