Cultural holidays in the Landes region

Southwest of France

Discover the culture, gastronomy, and heritage of Messanges, Vieux-Boucau, and the surrounding areas

If you are more interested in cultural visits and gastronomy , discover the region with our "good tips"!

Take advantage of the many must-visit places , taste the local products and discover the traditions and local festivals .

At the reception of "Nature et Océan", we will tell you where to go and give you all the advice you need to discover and taste the best of what our region has to offer.

Nice places to visit in the area

  • The Soustons lake, just nearby, one of the largest lakes in France. Walks around the lake, pedal boats, paddleboarding, fishing, etc.
  • The Courant d'Huchet, nicknamed the Landes' Amazon: an exceptional nature reserve 8 km away
  • Visit Hossegor, Seignosse, Capbreton just 15 minutes away and then Bayonne, Biarritz, and Saint-Jean-de-Luz (40 min)
  • Spend a day exploring the villages of the Basque Country, discover an exceptional panorama with the little train of La Rhune and then a tour in Spain to taste the "tapas"
  • The Dune of Pyla, a huge sand dune at the entrance of the Arcachon Bay (1h15 north of Messanges)


  • "The Marquèze Ecomuseum, discover the Landes of yesteryear through the reconstitution of a Landais village from the 19th century. To get there, you will even take a hundred-year-old train
  • The Labeyrie Foie Gras Pavilion in Saint Geours de Maremne
  • The Ham Museum in Bayonne
  • The Museum of the Sea in Capbreton and Biarritz
  • The Chocolate Museum in Bayonne


  • The Ferias of Dax, Bayonne, and Soustons, as well as the Madeleine Festival of Mont de Marsan. A tradition of the Southwest with music and the famous Bandas bands
  • The Sardinades of Messanges, where you can taste sardines cooked over a wood fire, all while enjoying music. A great moment of conviviality!
  • The Courses Landaises: a magnificent traditional spectacle of perilous acrobatics without any harm to the animal, to be seen by the whole family in the arenas.
  • Basque Pelote and Landais échassiers (stilt walkers). Enjoy the show in Vieux Boucau, Soustons, or Moliets (5 minutes away)


There are indeed many excellent restaurants in the area:
Gourmet restaurants , seafood restaurants, and more. You'll be spoiled for choice!

You can visit foie gras and asparagus producers where you'll delight in duck in all its forms: breast, strips, etc.
It's also the land of the wood pigeon, the Landes platter, mussels, our famous pastry called Pastis Landais , and so much more.

At local markets , you'll meet small-scale producers from the region.
And why not a tasting and discovery of Landes wines at the Bergerie des Vignerons Landais on the outskirts of Messanges.

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