Activities in and around Belle Epoque estate

Les Landes is about nature, water, forests, gastronomy, the calm, but also having fun.


Should you be staying in one of our guest rooms or in one of our gîtes, you will have a wonderful time. You will come back to do all the things that you didn’t have time to do or see or taste on your first visit !

To help you find your way around you will find a map of the area at the bottom of this page.

Activities at Château Belle époque

piscine avec ses transats au Domaine Belle Epoque

At the château you have free access to

  • the swimming pool and its loungers
  • Tennis court with rackets and balls provided, and you can even arrange to have a private lesson.
  • A boules pitch. We provide the equipment
  • Ping pong table with balls and rackets provided
  • Estate grounds of nearly 4 hectares and its lake

All around the estate, you can enjoy walking, cycling or horse riding through the forests.

Only 4 km from the château you can take a trip down the Palue river on a canoe kayak. This wild river is considered to be a wonderful experience.

You can play golf at the Moliets golf course (15 km) in Seignosse or in Hossegor (35 km).

The beaches near to Château Belle Époque

Les Landes beaches near to Château Belle Époque (40)

Only 14 minutes away by car, and not much more to the nearest beaches by bike.

St Girons beach is touristy, and is monitored from mid June to mid September. You will find a surf school, shops, restaurants and free parking. 

There is a summer market every Tuesday evening.

La Lette Blanche beach, slightly more wild but very popular with the locals. The beach is monitored in July and August. It is a popular surfing spot with good waves. Free parking under the pine trees.

Contis Beach is a family beach with a very relaxed feeling and all amenities : restaurants, shops. The little extra: a beach club for children over the age of five.

Cap de l’Homy beach is more sport orientated, and one of the biggest beaches in Les Landes. It is very beautiful but far from all amenities so think about taking a picnic.

Discover and taste the local produce in the markets

The markets closest to Belle Epoque estate:


Linxe : every Tuesday and Friday morning


Leon : 80 stalls every morning from 8:30 to 1 pm from 15 June to 30 September There is an evening market every Wednesday evening from 3 July to 21 August.


Vielle St Girons : Sunday morning from 1 July to 26 August, at St. Girons plage. The evening market is on Wednesdays from 3 July to 28 July 


A vegetable basket from the local markets near to Château Belle Epoque

Swim in the lake in Leon and enjoy its activities

The lake at Leon is one of the largest lakes in the department and covers 340 hectares.  It is very calm, there is a beach on both the south and north side but there are also more wild areas and walks to be done all around. Everything you need for the family.

The water temperature is higher than the water in the Atlantic ocean. There is a play area for children.

You will find many water sport activities on site :

  • Stand up paddle
  • Canoeing
  • Windsurfing
  • Pedalo
  • Sailing dinghies.... and other water sport activities

From the lake in Leon you can discover the “Amazon of Les Landes" with a boatman on a flat bottom boat trip down the Huchet River which connects the lake at Leon to the ocean. This area has been classed as a nature reserve and it is a wonderful place to appreciate the local flora and fauna.  Book in advance

Need more sporting activities around the estate ?

Surf on the Atlantic coast beaches only 10 minutes from Château Belle Epoque
  • Take a surfing or stand up paddle course with one of the many schools, and make the most of the ocean.
  • Take a horse riding trip through the forest, around the lake or along the beach with a professional supervisor
  • Treat yourself to a quad bike ride in the forest - by reservation only in Saint Michel Escalus. Telephone 06 81 41 62 06 or 06 12 53 86 60.
  • Rent a bike and have it delivered to the château, then ride off on one of the many cycle tracks around Linxe. For example: the Moulin de Binaou circuit, 7 km (45 mins). You can find a map of all the cycle tracks in the local tourist offices.

  • Become a racing driver on a circuit through the pine forest at the go-karting in Magescq. There are three different circuits over 7 hectares of forest and it is open all year round.
  • Discover night canoeing in harmony with the nature on a 2 hour trip along 8km of river.

The museums and other visits not to be missed.

Discover the history of the Marensin area and how the people used to live in Les Landes museum in Lit et Mixe. Open from June to September, free entry.


Spend the day in the eco-museum at Marqueze in Sabres, that you access by taking a short old train trip through the forest. Buy your tickets at the station in Sabre and set off to explore life in Les Landes and Gascogne in the 19th century.. Open from April to October, go back in time walking through a 19th century neighbourhood of old buildings, animals and old crafts. The cafes and picnic areas.


Visit “escape land” in St Michel Escalus and spend an hour trying to escape a pirate ship.


45 minutes from Belle Epoque estate you can visit Labenne zoo, 200 animals, 60 species over five hectares of land, and you can also feed some animals.


Spend the day at Adrenaline Park, only 15 km away, where you will find many activities for the over fives, motorbike riding, quad bike riding, accrobranche and paintball


The biggest waterpark in Les Landes, Atlantic Park, is at Seignosse, only 35 km from the estate. Have a wonderful time on the 1.4 km of slides to be found in this water park. 18 km from the estate you can also visit Aqua kids Park for younger children.


And one musn’t forget the Landais bullfighting. Often to be found in the villages. As opposed to traditional bullfighting, the animals are cows, and they are not hurt. It is more a form of play between animal and man.

The “écarteurs” dodge the charging cows at the last minute, and the “sauteurs” jump over them. It’s quite amazing to see at least once.


You will also surely have the occasion to listen to a group of “bandas”, local musicians who go from one local village fete to another.


If you need more activities again, visit our reception area at Château Belle Époque where you will find lots of brochures and Morgan, who would be more than happy to help you.

A map of the beaches and local communes of Les Landes (40) around Belle Epoque estate
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