Towns and villages
This little village on the shores of Lake Azur / Soustons has four restaurants and one bakery. The Lake can be reached via the campsite or via a path 50 metres from the campsite entrance, leading to the fishing pier and a lake viewpoint. This lake covers an area of 380 ha and extends 6 km. Swimming is not recommended. However, many water sports are possible (stand-up paddle, canoeing, pedalo, windsurfing, etc.). Fishing is permitted with a day or week permit. The most common fish in the lake are roach, tench, carp, pike, pike-perch, trout, etc.
- Pont du Loup walk, from the campsite entrance: 14 km circuit
- Path from Azur > Soustons 25 minutes, roughly 7 km
- Traditional market: Small market all year round on Tuesday morning, in front of the town hall.
Soustons (8 km)
This is the closest town to the campsite, with supermarkets, shops, pharmacies, banks and petrol stations. Take a walk around the shores of the lake to Pointe des Vergnes, accessible by bike from the campsite. In the summer, in Soustons arena, enjoy the spectacle of the bullfights, with écarteurs (dodgers), sauteurs (leapers) and locally-bred cows. In the second weekend of April, come and see the Tulip Festival where flower-decorated carnival floats go through the town. In early August, everyone dresses in blue and white for the Féria de Soustons.
- and walk to Pointe des Vergnes.
- Traditional market: all year round, Monday morning, Place Robert Lassalle.
Messanges (10 km)
A well-known seaside resort. Messanges is the closest beach to Azu'rivage campsite (8 minutes by car). In the school summer holidays, free shuttle buses take you to the beach. At the top of the dune there is a Snack bar, with an incredible ocean view. There is also the surf school, which is a partner of the campsite. Come and ride the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, for initiation or perfection.
- Idea for a cycle ride from Azu'rivage campsite to the beach, via the forest on the Azur > Messanges beach path, 1 hour roughly, 12 km.
- Etang de Moïsan: 3.5 km (90 minutes) through the pine forest, then along the canal which feeds the lake. Discover the banks of the River Moïsan, where the path meanders through the reed bed, the banks of the lake and the young pine forest.
- Traditional market: all year round, Wednesday morning, in the indoor market.
Vieux boucau (12 km)
Seaside resort. Vieux-Boucau-les-Bains, or “old river mouth”, is a bustling seaside resort, with its shops and traditional market, and its must-try ice creams. The seawater lake of Port d’Albret is ideal for children, sheltered from the waves and the busy beach.
- Walk around Port d’Albret seawater lake Port d’Albret seawater lake has a 5 km walkway accessible to everyone: 1 hour 10 on foot, 25 minutes by bike. Come and fish in the seawater lake, on the pier or in the ocean. The dam and the hydraulic structures of the seawater lake are curiosities to discover.
- Traditional market: all year round, Tuesday and Saturday morning, Seasonal market: every day (except Sunday) from 15th June to 15th September.
Moliets et maa (11 km)
Seaside resort, town known for its golf course, beaches and the Courant d'Huchet river mouth.
- Etang de Moliets: enjoy a walk around Etang de Moliets, a paradise for anglers and walkers, and set out to discover the “tonnes” (duck hunting) and Notre-Dame fountain. 4 km (1 hour on foot). Courant d’Huchet: start at Pichelèbe Bridge which connects Moliets and Vielle-Saint-Girons (D-328), park in the car park next to the reception centre and follow the routes marked with arrows.
- Traditional market: all year round, Saturday morning, in front of the town hall. Seasonal market: Tuesday evenings in the summer, in Moliets Bourg (Place du Fronton). Discover the folklore of the Landes and Basque country with a farmers’ market, a meal immersed in the Basque atmosphere and watch a show of Basque pelota and stilt-walkers.
Léon (15 km)
The little village of Léon offers water sports on the banks of Lake Léon, walks or boat trips through the protected nature reserve.
- Lake Léon: small circuit to discover the reserve and the lake. Starts on the left of the Courant d’Huchet reception centre. 8 km of pathways, or enjoy a river trip.
- Traditional market: all year round, Sunday morning, in front of the church. Seasonal market: Every day in July and August.
Seignosse (18 km)
Seignosse has two centres: Seignosse Bourg (village centre, 4-5 km from the beach) and Seignosse Plage. The picturesque village of Seignosse is typical of the old coastal villages with specific local architecture. Seignosse Plage is a very touristy zone with Le Penon at the centre, where you will find bars, restaurants, shops and activities There is also the Etang Noir nature reserve and the much bigger Etang Blanc, surrounded with pine trees, for a very peaceful and relaxing environment.
- Etang Noir Nature Reserve: stroll along the decked walkway through the forest to the lake. If you’re lucky, you might see the European pond turtle which lives here.
- Traditional market: : in the indoor market, next to the town hall, from 8am to 1pm. Every Wednesday morning.
Seasonal market: from 1st July to 31st August, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday morning from 9am to 1pm, Victor Gentille & Avenue Chambrelent.
every Saturday in July/August, Seignosse Océan, in the Penon neighbourhood, from 6pm to 11pm. Arts and crafts, decoration, costume jewellery, clothes, gastronomy.
A very lovely and well-known seaside resort between the pine trees and fine sand, lake and forest. Hossegor is separated from Capbreton by the Boudigau Canal. The resort has very lovely fine sandy beaches, highly popular among surfers from all over the world, because the wave is formed by the swell from the Gouf de Capbreton. There is a seawater lake surrounded with pine trees, and the former arm of the Adour river, which is now diverted to Bayonne. Discover the wonderful Basque-style villas from the 1920s nestled between the sea and the lake. Hossegor is also a town of sports and is famous mainly for its well-known surf spots, which host the Quiksilver Pro France world championship every year. Factory sale, Easter weekend. The town is also home to the Fédération Française de Surf (French Surfing Federation) and the European headquarters of the brands Rip Curl and Billabong.
- Walk around Hossegor Lake: a splendid walk lined with information panels and for pedestrians only goes around the lake and along the canal (ask for the “discovery routes” guide at the Tourist Office).
Dax, (25 km) spa town in the Landes.
Whilst in the town of arenas, visit La Fontaine Chaude, source of the Néhe, the name of a Celtic goddess of the water. This spa is the icon of the resort. Two must-see events: La Feria de Daxin August, where festayres in white and red meet to celebrate the Dax, Festivals, and Toros Y Salsa in September. Don't forget to taste DAX madeleines.
- Traditional market: on three pedestrianised squares: Place Roger Ducos, Place Camille Bouvet, Place de la Fontaine Chaude. On Saturday, all day, from 8am to 6pm. Sunday morning from 8am to 1pm.
Capbreton (27 km)
Port des Landes. The fish market in Capbreton port is not to be missed, in front of the harbourmaster's office. Capbreton, formerly a port on the Adour river mouth before it was diverted to Bayonne, was famous for whale hunting until the 12th century. Cetaceans used to pass off the coast and sailors tracked them to the far north. First wander leisurely on the seafront and the pier (built in the time of Napoleon), an emblematic monument of the town; discover the superb view of the Basque coast to the south and the Pyrenees; the fish market, etc. There are lovely sandy beaches and a geological particularity just at the port's exit, but unfortunately invisible to the naked eye: the Gouf, an underwater canyon between 3 and 10 km deep!
- Port and Beach walk
- Traditional market : all year round, Saturday morning. The Fish market: every day, direct sale by fishermen (depending on weather). Avenue Georges Pompidou, next to the harbourmaster's office. Seasonal market: From 15th June to 15th September: Traditional and food market: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Food market (indoor market): Sunday. Nocturnal market: in summer: every Monday and Wednesday evening, from 8.30pm. Friday evening: arts and crafts and local product market. Rue du Général de Gaulle.
Mont de Marsan (74 km)
Administrative capital of the Landes. Mont de Marsan, the administrative capital of the Landes, is one hour from the beach and one and a half hours from the Pyrenees, putting it in the centre of the Landes and in the middle of the largest forest in Europe. A stronghold in the Middle Ages, the site of the current town, where the Douze and the Midou rivers merge, was chosen in 1133 by Pierre de Lobanner. Today you can visit the ramparts, the Romanesque houses in Rue Maubec and the Lacataye keep from this period. The town has many neo-classical administrative buildings, such as the Prefecture, the courthouse, the post centre, Banque de France, and cultural or residential buildings. The town with three rivers is a very charming haven of peace for visitors today. It is also a town of rugby, celebrations and festivals, such as the Fêtes de la Madeleine or the Flamenco Festival.
- Traditional market :Traditional market. Saint-Roch indoor market every Tuesday and Saturday morning. Local products.