Surfers love the Landes. It offers a paradise of mighty Atlantic rollers continually breaking on this part of the sandy Cote d'Argent beaches stretching 106km south from nearby Arcachon Bay. But the department of Landes also has gentler pleasures to enjoy including a wealth of nature reserves and wildlife, along with traditions part Gascon and Basque yet uniquely Landais. Originally, the Landes was marshland edged by shifting sand dunes where shepherds herding their flocks wore stilts. A truly interesting holiday destination.