Is it better to visit Mont de Marsan or Dax during your holiday in the Landes region? Both offer visitors so many treasures and sights to enjoy that it would be a pity to pass by without stopping to see them!
Mont-de-Marsan, the town of three rivers and a thousand and one sculptures
Make the most of your stay in our holiday residence near Mont-de-Marsan to visit "the town with three rivers". It became the capital of the Landes region in 1790. Mont-de-Marsan is the biggest fortified town in Landes. It was built around its three rivers by Pierre de Lobaner, the Viscount of Marsan, in the Middle Ages. Remaining from the medieval period are the 12th century ramparts, Lacataye castle keep and the Romanesque houses in Rue Maubec that can be admired from the museum walkway. In the 19th century, major architects designed the numerous landmarks in the town, including the Maison Planté, the Villa Mirasol, the town hall and the Caserne Bosquet.
In Mont de Marsan, art is within the reach of everyone. Sculptures are part of the urban landscape and everywhere in the streets, squares and parks of the town, as for example in Saint-Vincent garden, next to the Despiau-Wlérick Museum. The museum also has the biggest collection of 20th century figurative French sculptures. A visit not to be missed, whether or not your are a fan of sculpture. In Mont de Marsan people live life to the full. You'll love strolling along the gently sloping little streets in the old town, which lead down to the quayside, the former port, the lively riverside areas of Midouze and Nahuques Zoo. Lastly, if you are staying at our holiday residence in Mont de Marsan this summer, whatever you do, don't miss the "Fêtes de la Madeleine" and the "Arte Flamenco Festival" (July).
Dax, a Gallo-Roman city and France's number one spa town
Your stay at our holiday residence near Dax will also be a chance to visit this Town of Art and History with its many different facets. The town of Dax has been famous since Roman times for its warm water sources. Today, it is the number one spa town in France. Each year, over 50,000 spa clients come to Dax to enjoy all the benefits of the thermal spring water and "péloïde", a natural mud taken from the River Adour.
The capital of Chalosse is also associated with an exceptional historic and architectural heritage. Examples include the Gallo-Roman ramparts, built in the 4th century and today a promenade, the archaeological crypt in the Borda Museum (Rue Cazade), the Hot Fountain (the source of the River Nèhe, where the water temperature is a warm 64°C) or Saint Mary Cathedral, listed as a Historic Monument for its Portal of the Apostles, dating from the 12th century. In the roaring twenties, Dax was active in the Art Deco movement. The town has two particularly striking Art Deco monuments: the Atrium theatre with its golden stucco decoration and the Splendid Hotel, a flagship of the 1930s, designed like a big ocean liner on the banks of the River Adour.
During your stay in Dax, don't miss a visit to the Borda Museum, the Georgette Dupouy Museum and the Light Air Force Aviation and Helicopter Museum. You can get to know another aspect of Dax with Spanish and Landes bullfighting, in the spotlight in August each year during the traditional Dax festivals. Don't miss it!