A peaceful, natural retreat - refresh yourself!
An area of over 300 sq km and a population of just 350,000 - the Landes
National Park is somewhere to spread your wings and to get back in touch
with nature. Visitors here invariably leave with a renewed sense of peace
and vitality. For active days there are lakes for boating, swimming, picnic-ing
or just observing the wildlife, and several centres for horse-riding,
, cycle trails, rambling along marked routes or discovering
local history. Join in village festivals in summer - lively, friendly, great
fun! In the north the wine country is on your doorstep, in the middle and
south the ocean beaches of Côte d'Argent and Côte Basque are in easy reach,
as is the culture and heritage of Gascony. All in all, a natural haven.
offer lots of opportunities
organized outdoor activities
body boards, rock climbing, potholing, canyoning etc…) run by centres where full tuition and all equipment is provided. These
activities are on the whole for families with older children who
are looking for that adrenalin rush and bit of extra excitement
that perhaps a gentle canoe/kayak ride doesn’t give!
western Pyrénées the towns of Sauveterre-de-Béarn and Laàs, have
white water rafting centres which offer ½ or whole day
excursions. An ability to swim at least 25m is essential.
Nautique de Soeix
Tel No: (0)5 59 39 61 00.
Here a whole
days rafting starts at 09.30 when you leave your car at Sauveterre-de Béarn and are then taken by bus to Navarrenx
upstream. There is a stop for lunch (cooked on an open fire on
a river beach can be part of the cost, or bring your own picnic)
and the day finishes back at your car. You are strongly advised
to book in advance, especially during the peak season.