Landes is a department of southwest France, famous for four things; gastronomy, golf, thermal spas and surfing. Landes consists of huge tracts of sand and marshland on the Atlantic coast, dotted with pine forests and surrounded by charming towns and fine Landes villas.
Landes villa rentals are a favourite with surfers as the long straight coast which stretches north to south receives un-interrupted Atlantic swells right onto the beaches. Landes surfing is renowned throughout Europe, with 22 famous surfing beaches including La Graviere, La Nord, La Piste and Capbreton.
Golfers looking at taking a rental villa in Landes will be delighted by the choice of golf courses. There are 28 eighteen hole golf courses, many lined by pine trees, water hazards and huge bunkers to negotiate. Due to the mild climate, the courses are open all year round, and the green fees are very reasonable, meaning that golfing holidays in Landes villas are hugely enjoyable and viable options all year round.
Right in the heart of the department, the Landes National Park is a beautifully peaceful natural region where the calm lakes are perfect for boating, canoeing and swimming and there are numerous trails for both cyclists and walkers to view both the tranquil natural surroundings and to see the wealth of wildlife which calls the park their home.
Dax is among France’s top thermal spa towns. Since the Roman Empire, the thermal springs and mud baths have drawn visitors to Landes villas for the curative properties and relaxing qualities of the spa. Today, the town has a charming character, where you can end a long day of exploring Roman ruins and top class restaurants by indulging in a mud bath.
The capital of Landes, Mont-de-Marson is a prime location to take holiday accommodation in Landes for both golfers and nature lovers. The Landes Forest is a hot spot for migrating cranes, and there are some excellent hides towards Lenouacq.
Taking Landes accommodation at any time of year will place you into the mild climate which graces to south Atlantic coast. July is the warmest month, averaging 20°C, these temperatures last right through until late September. Even during December and January, temperatures remain above 7°C, so remember to take your golf clubs and wet-suit when you pack for your Landes holiday villa.
Landes is home to two airports, Biarritz-Parme (BIQ) and Pau Airports (PUF), which are served by AirFrance, British Airways and for cheap flights to Landes, try Ryanair. Which ever of the Landes rental villas you choose, you will be settling in within an hour of landing.