The area around Hossegor on the Landes’s ‘Silver Coast’ is world famous amongst surfers for the quality of its sand bars and beach breaks, due to a deep ocean floor canyon channeling the force of the Atlantic directly onto its beaches
Autumn through to spring are the most challenging times, while beginners should choose the summer waves.
The resort offers a variety of surfing courses at all levels and ‘Surfaris’ to lesser known surfing spots nearby. Backed by forest with a 250 hectare salt-water lake nearby, the town also offers, boutique shopping, golf and a good variety of clubs, cafes and restaurants.
The 5km restored steam train ride from Sabres to the eco-museum at Marqueze in the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park makes a great adventure for children. There are regular departures daily June-Sept and in the afternoons Apr-May and mid Sept-Oct. Fare includes entrance to the museum which is one of 3 sites.
Displays in a forest clearing show old activities such as charcoal-burning and sheep farming and how the forests supported local industries like brick kilns and glass works. It is a living model of life in the Grande Lande during the nineteenth century, complete with shepherds homes, kitchen gardens and tradesmen such as bakers and weavers.