Are you planning to go camping for your next vacation? What if you opted to pitch your tents in the Landes? Natural lakes, pine forests, the beach… the Landes are a must-see destination for a great summer. Whether you are camping with family, friends or even a romantic, fun will be guaranteed. What parts of the Landes to go to? What are the activities there?
Why camp in the Landes?
With the Covid-19 crisis, it seems difficult to determine when life will return to its normal course. For now, travel abroad is an uncertainty. Planning your summer vacation in Morocco or Mauritius may not be a good idea. Fortunately, France offers great alternatives in terms of destinations. There is no shortage of beautiful sites and activities. Why not spend your holidays in the Landes, for example? If you like adventures, how about camping there?
The Landes are an exceptional land. For your desires of relaxation and a change of scenery, this is the ideal destination. Between land and sea, your holidays will be pure happiness. There is no shortage of activities, both on land and in the water. As for the weather, rest assured, summers in the Landes are sunny. It is hot there, even very hot. The Atlantic, as well as the natural lakes, will be perfect for hot weather.
The Landes are also endless green spaces. Nature lovers will undoubtedly find their happiness there. Take your walking shoes and conquer the pine forests. The walks can also be done by bike or even on horseback on the marked trails.
Finally, the Landes are also a land of culture. During your stay, you can explore the traditions and cultural riches of the region. The festivals, the gastronomy, the cultural sites, the inhabitants… are all great things to discover. It will be up to you to organize yourself to take advantage of them during your vacation.
Camp in the Landes: where to pitch your tent?
Camping in the Landes means choosing to be as close as possible to nature. The Landes are a vacation spot for campers. There is therefore no shortage of locations. There are many campsites there, suitable for all budgets. To choose your campsite, be sure to inform yourself about the equipment and activities available on site.
Some campsites, for example, near Lake Biscarrosse, offer secure pitches. You can pitch your tents there as well as park your camper van. The services offered by some campsites are of high quality. The activities are also very diversified: water park, jacuzzi, slides… Something to delight campers of all ages. A few meters away, you will find the Les Bruyères campsite. It also offers good places to pitch your tent. The equipment is modern and if necessary, you can rent a mobile home. You will have access to the swimming pool, the playgrounds and will be a few steps from the Vivier beach.
L’Arbre d’Or campsite, in Biscarrosse, is also a privileged place. You can camp on the grass in peace. Other equipment such as refrigerators are also rented.
For you, camping is more of an adventure and you want a more down to earth experience. No problem, the Landes are full of natural camping areas. You will be in total communion with nature and will appreciate the pleasures of nights under the stars. Among the best spots, we find Mimizan and its fine sand beach, bordered by a huge pine forest. You will have the choice between pitching your tents on the sand or on the grass.
You will find excellent shaded pitches there. After a walking tour of the forest, sit by the lake while tasting good food. To the south-west, direction Capbreton, considered the Landes capital of surfing. Pitch your tents and go catch some waves. You can also indulge in paddle boarding or kayaking. If you prefer land activities, hiking or biking are possible. To be even closer to nature, head for the Landes de Gascogne. Bivouacs and wild camping are allowed there. You can even light a campfire, as long as you are at least 200 meters from the wood. In the region’s natural park, discover the flora and fauna through hikes. Then admire the Contemporary Art Forest, a most unusual visit. And why not end with a canoe or pedal boat trip on Lake Lamothe in Hostens.
What to discover in the Landes?
If you want to make your stay at the campsite in the Landes a memorable one, do not hesitate to visit the surroundings. The department is full of wealth, be it the landscape, culture or gastronomy. For example, you could take part in a landaise feria. The one in Dax is the most popular of all. It will be an opportunity for you to meet the locals and taste the typical dishes of the region. But the feria is above all a party during which we sing and dance. Also discover the famous Landes races, a national sport, but also a real spectacle.
The Landes can be visited at any time of the year, except between November and February when the weather deteriorates rapidly. Ideally, choose the summer period for camping, from June to October. You will thus benefit from optimal sunshine. Temperatures will be milder from March, with cool mornings that will gradually rise during the day. In winter, although temperatures hardly ever drop to negative, going out will be more restricted.