50 Properties for sale in Landes, Nouvelle Aquitaine (formerly Poitou-Charentes, Aquitaine and Limousin), France
Located in the Aquitaine region and one of the original departments created in the French Revolution, Landes is the second largest department in mainland France. Its straight coast stretches for more than 100km and is famous for its beaches and sand dunes while lakes and forests fringe the shoreline. This is a department in which world-class surfing and a deeply traditional rural culture sit side by side. Landes has several thriving industries including forestry and agriculture. Popular seaside spots include Biscarrosse, Capbreton and Hossegor.
CAPITAL: MONT-DE-MARSAN - Mont-de-Marsan is situated in the east of the department and popular with visitors as the gateway to the regional natural park of the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne. The annual flamenco festival draws crowds from far and wide and the town is the birthplace of former prime minister Alain Juppé. There are also numerous gardens and an animal park ideal for children.
Average property prices
Landes department: €180,000
Access from UK
By air: Pau, Biarritz and Bordeaux
By train: Eurostar and TGV to Bordeaux then local services to Mont-de-Marsan
By road: Mont-de-Marsan is 999km from Calais
Average annual temperature: (Mont-de-Marsan): 7.9°C/19.2°C
Average annual rainfall: 916.9mm
Average annual sunshine hours: 1,908.4
Landes' best assets are its natural ones: professional surfers come to ride the waves while three of the department's golf courses have been noted as among the best in Europe. The flat, forested landscapes are great for family cycling trips while the abundance of lakes and coastline make fishing a popular pastime. There's plenty to appeal to wildlife lovers here too: birdwatchers should flock to the Arjuzanx nature reserve, which is home to many thousands of migrating cranes for several months of the year.
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