The 9 Most Beautiful Hikes in Landes


Last Updated on 10/01/2023 by Alfred

Do you like nature, fresh air, and lakes? So don’t wait any longer to discover the different hikes of the Landes!

As soon as we talk about the Landes, our imagination transports us directly to the impetuosity of the Atlantic Ocean. On the beaches of the coast, the foam of the waves constantly licks the feet of swimmers in search of sensation. A real land of surfing, the Landes has not finished surprising you with the beauty of their hinterland.

The beaches of the Silver Coast give way to the 3,500 km of marked routes in the region. Family hikes as well as sports, will delight nature lovers.

Here, we love to breathe the scent of pine trees, so characteristic of the region, during our walk. Moreover, we have found for you the best hiking trails in the Landes. So grab your sneakers and follow the guide!

1. Lake Hossegor

  • Duration: 1h50
  • Distance: 7.4 km
  • Height difference: 86 m
  • Difficulty: Easy

We start this article with a very famous place: the city of Hossegor. But let’s leave the beaches filled with surfers to migrate a little further to a jewel of the Landes coast: the marine lake of Hossegor. The particularity of this lake is that it lives to the rhythm of the tides. Discover over your steps an exceptional fauna and flora bathed in the perpetual movements of this body of water.

Along the way, many signs explain to walkers the origin of the marine lake, its history and its characteristics. On the shore, one observes reddish tile villas playing hide and seek among the tall pines. Real spots of bright colors secretly sheltered in this forest ocean.

After your walk, dive into the warm waters of one of the four beaches of this Green Landes setting. The Chênes-Lièges beach, the Blanche beach, the Rey beach and the Park beach come alive every summer to the rhythm of bathers and paddles. Finally, stop at one of the lake’s oyster beds to sample exquisite shellfish from the Silver Coast. After the effort, the comfort!

2. The Huchet Current

  • Duration: about 2h40
  • Distance: 10.5 km
  • Height difference: 229 m
  • Difficulty: Medium

It is in the heart of the Landes Amazon that the Huchet current winds for 12 km from Lake Leon to the Atlantic Ocean. During your walk in this nature reserve, watch the lush vegetation flourish in swamps, bogs, and dunes. Ornithology enthusiasts will distinguish with their binoculars the 200 species that live in this forest paradise.

Furrows in the water? Surely an otter having fun surrounded by cistude turtles. Nevertheless, it remains important to follow the trail well so as not to shake up this impressive ecosystem.

Another unusual alternative, embark on a trip in a Landes galupe to discover a new facet of this landscape. In the heart of the mangrove, roam among the oaks, the hibiscus accompanied by the melody of the grey herons.

3. Circuit of the Tuc of the nine churches

  • Duration: about 2h35
  • Distance: 10.3 km
  • Height difference: 203 m
  • Difficulty: Medium

We take our shoes for a hike between the Boudigau canal and the Landes forest. During your walk, stroll among the carpets of ferns, the strawberry coppice, and the large Landes oaks. Children will have fun differentiating the various varieties of the forest and their characteristics.

The highlight of this path? The summit of the Tuc at 64 meters above sea level. From up there, embrace a panoramic view of the coastline and Hossegor. Spot the nine surrounding bell towers and the multiple territories that make up this landscape. Will you recognize the Orx marsh in the Southeast and the different beaches of the Silver Coast?

4. Lake Aureilhan Tour

  • Duration: about 3h30
  • Distance: 13.7 km
  • Height difference: 203 m
  • Difficulty: Medium

Hiking enthusiasts in the Landes will fall under the spell of Lake Aureilhan and its 340 natural hectares. Here, all types of environments of the territory are represented: dunes, bodies of water, rivers, marshes, and forest.

The most beautiful place to see remains the Promenade Fleurie and its 300 species of flowers and shrubs of all kinds. The wetlands that dot the lake are also conducive to the development of local fauna and flora. Like many Landes water points, the lake also offers many water activities for everyone.

During your hiking trail, observe the impressive Woolsack Castle. Impossible to miss this English-style cottage so much it stands out in the architecture of the region.

5. Sanguinet — Aigrettes beach

  • Duration: about 2h45
  • Distance: 10.8 km
  • Height difference: 183 m
  • Difficulty: Medium

Not sure which hike in the Landes to choose? Go without hesitation to discover Sanguinet and the beach of Aigrettes. Between the beach and forest, let yourself be lulled by the surrounding calm of this shady path.

Taking your best dive on the Beach of le Pavillon is the best reward after 11 km of hiking. We quickly forget the heavy legs of having worn out his soles on this long distance. Different hiking trails exist to discover Lake Sanguinet. Do not hesitate to contact the tourist office.

6. Lac Marin de Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains

  • Duration: about 2h15
  • Distance: 8.2 km
  • Height difference: 70 m
  • Difficulty: Easy

Many hikes in the Landes take place around the emblematic lakes of the region. Lac Marin in Vieux-Boucau-les-Bain is no exception. The hiking trail around this waterhole takes you among the fragrant pine trees and the different beaches. Then end your walk with a well-deserved sweet break around gourmet ice cream.

For the record, it is called The Marine Lake because its saltwater flows directly into the Atlantic Ocean. It is also a good alternative to the dangerous waves of the Silver Coast, especially for young children.

Moreover, paddles, kayaks, sails, and other water activities also remain legion in this green setting. Perfect for spending a family day in the middle of nature.

7. Circuit of the Lower Adour Valley

  • Duration: 3h
  • Distance: 11.9 km
  • Height difference: 210 m
  • Difficulty: Medium

The walking tour of the Lower Valley of L’Adour is articulated among nature and views of the river Adour and Gaves Réunis. This short hike in the Landes simply transports you to the heart of the Landes territory.

Here, to the rhythm of your steps, discover hilly landscapes composed of meadows, cornfields, and even kiwi orchards. A real melting pot nestled in the beautiful Sainte-Marie-de-Gosse.

The Adour and the Gave Réunis follow their bed until they meet in Horgrave, thus offering a magical point of view to hikers. We advise you to make a stop to admire the magnificent Château du Bec. It is located just at the confluence of the two rivers in front of a splendid panorama.

8. Mont-de-Marsan

  • Duration: 1h
  • Distance: 3.9 km
  • Height difference: 88 m
  • Difficulty: Easy

Once it is not custom, we leave the pines for a visit in the streets of Mont-de-Marsan. This one-hour walking tour begins in a green setting: Parc Jean-Rameau. Here, we observe exceptional plants, sculptures by Charles Despiau, and a Japanese garden. Change of scenery guaranteed!

This itinerary then takes you to discover the treasures of the city of three rivers. Nestled between La Douze and Midou, the historic centre reveals its medieval streets, its old ramparts and its bourgeois houses. Take the time to stroll between the iconic sculptures and the local gastronomy.

9. GR 65 stages 27: Aire-sur-l’Adour in Arzacq

  • Duration: about 8h30
  • Distance: 33.8 km
  • Height difference: 904 m
  • Difficulty: Medium

The GR65 or the Way of Santiago de Compostela is no longer to be presented. Although its route extends over 1,135 km from Geneva to Ronsevalles, several stages remain accessible in the South-West.

Join the pilgrims on stage 27 from Aire-sur-l’Adour to Arzacq in the Landes. Taking this mythical path allows hikers to discover the heritage of the region in another facet. The difference in altitude seems high, but you will not feel it on the 30 kilometers.

On this great hike, spot the beautiful Eleventh-century Roman church in Sensacq. The church of Pimbo also catches the eye thanks to its carved portal of the twenty-first century. The journey is made in one go or over several days according to the rhythm of each. At the end of your walk, continue if you wish on stage 28 to Arthez-de-Béarn towards the Pyrenees.

As you will have understood, in the Landes it is not only about surfing and beaches licked by the waves. The hinterland has exceptional fauna and flora to discover absolutely. What are you waiting for to enjoy a good walk?

Alfred

Alfred is the author behind the Travelvibe travel blog and is always searching for the quieter, less-visited corners of the world.

Recent Posts