The most emblematic places

of our region

Our region is a great place to immerse yourself in history.

Living memories

In lots of unexpected and unique places that will transport you to the heart of our traditions, you’ll meet enthusiastic local craftsmen and women, and those who love the #DestinationCLN.

Get off the beaten track, take the small roads and paths and discover churches, stone wash houses, fountains and other pieces of architectural heritage, and lots of walks, rides and hikes through a beautiful landscape.

The Courant d'Huchet

A veritable umbilical cord between Lake Léon and the Atlantic Ocean, the Courant d’Huchet is a place rich in history and traditions.

It is today the only watercourse in the Bay of Biscay whose mouth has not been stabilised by groynes or sea walls.

The Courant d’Huchet Nature Reserve was created to conserve a unique site of great botanical richness by limiting human activities and the excesses of tourism.

Three visit options

FREE ACCESS

From Pichelèbe bridge connecting Moliets to Vielle-Saint-Girons (road D328), park in the car park adjoining the reception chalet and take one of the routes marked by small wooden arrows stamped with green thistle, emblem of the Nature Reserves of France.

A guidebook* of the reserve will make sure you don’t miss anything worth seeing and, to keep you on the signposted trails.
*on sale in the four Côte Landes Nature Tourist Offices.

GUIDED TOURS ON FOOT AND THEMED OUTINGS

Organised all year round by the Reserve, tours start from Pichelèbe bridge, during the Easter and July/August school holidays.

A program is available at the Tourist Office or at the Maison de la Reserve. Personalised tours are also possible for groups (10 people minimum).
Information and reservations at the Maison de la Reserve on +33 (0)5 58 48 73 91, at rn.courant@orange.fr or on www.reservenaturelle-couranthuchet.org.

BY BOAT WITH A BOATMAN

Boating began here in the 1920s and continues to this day. It allows the courant and its forest gallery to be explored by a means other than hiking..
It is the most popular type of guided tour in the Reserve.

Excursions are made by reservation from April to October.
Departures every day at 10 am and 2:30 pm
The duration of the tour varies from 2 to 4 hours depending on the season.

Information and reservations at the Bureau des Bateliers on +33 (0)5 58 48 75 39.

Only authorised boatmen are permitted to navigate the courant by boat

Museum of the Landes of Yesteryear (Landes d'Antan)

Located in Lit et Mixe, this museum created by around thirty volunteers and enthusiasts, collectors of old tools.
Through these everyday objects, you’ll learn about the local life and traditions of the wetlands in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Exhibition photos, videos, games and shows, the life of the inhabitants of the surroundings of Lit et Mixe and Léon is recounted.

This short trip to the family and rural life of the Gascons can be visited freely or accompanied by a guide (2 hours).

CLOSED IN 2020.
Open from June to September.
Closed Sunday afternoons and public holidays.
Free admission.
Tel.: +33 (0)5 58 42 70 14 or +33 (0)6 74 73 91 29

Lighthouse of Contis

A cylindrical barrel 38 metres high built in Landes sandstone, the lighthouse overlooks the forest, and is the only lighthouse in the Landes.

Listed as a historic monument.

In 1937 it was painted with its striking black spiral by a local artist by the name of “Menoune,” to heighten its visibility as a landmark for navigation by night and by day.
An inexhaustible light, visible from Arcachon to Capbreton, the Lighthouse of Contis sent out its first beam of light in 1863.

A beautifully proportioned building, much admired by architects, and a saver of lives!

The cupola can be reached by a cast iron staircase with 183 steps.

Today, it can be visited from April to September.
Tel: +33 (0)5 58 42 80 08

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