The Atlantic is often popular with waves that attract many surfers.
The beaches are vast and offer well preserved frames:
- The Basque Coast is the most authentic with a rocky coast mixed with beautiful sandy beaches in a typically Basque environment.
- The Silver Coast begins north of the Basque Coast and extends to the estuary of the Gironde. Consisting largely of forests, the Silver Coast has been preserved.
The beaches along the Silver Coast are all made up of sand. However, bathing can be dangerous (due to the bains) and it is advisable to bathe only in the supervised areas.
The Landes forest
Landes is the most wooded department of France.
The forest of Labenne covers 1,700 hectares.
This is mainly made up of maritime pines, but also cork oaks, arbutus, gorse and broom.
Various marked trails to discover.
Labenne A little history…
Labenne, a coastal resort on the Côte Landaise, developed in the 19th century thanks to the drying of the marshes (launched by Napoleon III) and the exploitation of softwood forests.
Prior to the revolution, Labenne is a pastoral and agricultural village: cultivation of maize, rye, millet and a few vineyards.
In the XXth century, the tourism develops on the Coast from The Landes (Silver Coast). Jules Bouville, then Mayor of Labenne, decides on the creation of a sea resort, baptized “Labenne Océan”.
Very quickly, many vacationers arrive.
What to see
Natural Reserve of Marais d’Orx
Protected natural area. Major ornithological site. Former polder created under Napoleon III and dried for agricultural purposes, the site is now a vast protected wetland, of national, European and international importance that hosts a wide variety of water birds. Site recently developed to improve the conditions of discovery and reception of the public (access to persons with reduced mobility): observatory, decks and footbridges, interpretive trail, permanent exhibition.
Animations and guided tours all year round by reservation.
Phone: +33 5 59 45 42 46