A new year! New calendar! What to do in the southern Landes and Basque Country? Camping Lou P’tit Poun offers you its selection of favourites, for gourmets, sports enthusiasts, party-goers, nature lovers… there’s something for everyone!

Landes and Basque Country: activities

APRIL, spring is on its way… time to start thinking about vacations!

Pack your bags, our 4-star campsite in the south of the Landes region, near Bayonne, will reopen on April 30, 2023! Many new features await you: a sensational climbing game has been added to the campsite.

For a guaranteed change of scenery, a selection of photographs now adorns the interior of our chalets, featuring Basque and Landes landscapes. You can even order them as a souvenir of your vacation at Lou P’tit Poun. This year, we’ve also upgraded our mobile homes with a covered terrace, so you can enjoy the outdoors all year round. For a family vacation in the heart of nature, discover our 2- or 3-bedroom mobile homes with a lovely wooden terrace for an authentic feel!

MAY, Nature and Biodiversity Month

Every year in May, the Fête de la Nature is a great success, with so many varied activities and events: guided tours, botanical walks, nature rallies, workshops, exhibitions, conferences… Five days of free events to discover the riches of our region, enjoy unique experiences in nature and raise public awareness of the challenges of biodiversity and its preservation.

At the gateway to the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne, the Réserve Naturelle Nationale du Marais d’Orx is actively involved in the event. With an LPO guide, learn to recognize birds by their song, flight or plumage. In Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx, discover the hidden treasures of the Barthes de l’Adour, the living frontier between the Basque Country and the Landes. The White Stork and the Black-crowned Night Heron are two emblematic species of the Barthes du Seignanx. A total of 140 free guided tours and events are organized throughout the Landes and Basque Country. May 24-29, 2023. The full program is available on the Fête de la Nature website .

JULY, the Tour de France puts the Basque Country in the spotlight

This year, the Grande Boucle will start in Bilbao (Spain) on July 1, with 3 stages in the Basque Country before reaching Bayonne . It’s been 20 years since the Basque town hosted the Tour. A host of events are planned for the occasion: the race and the advertising caravan parade, of course, but also the Tour’s entertainment village and a host of cycling and sports-related stands. More info

À LIRE AUSSI: the Fêtes de Bayonne, a not-to-be-missed summer event

SEPTEMBER, La Bastide-Clairence Ceramic Market

The place to be for pottery enthusiasts in one of the most beautiful villages in Europe. Basque Country ! Created in 1994 by La Bastide Clairence’s arts and crafts collective, the ceramics market is one of the most prestigious in France. Basque Country has stood the test of time, adapting to market changes while preserving the quality and craftsmanship of its products. The pottery market has acquired a reputation that extends far beyond the borders of the South-West. It brings together some fifty potters and ceramists from France and Spain. You’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces, stoneware, porcelain, enamel, raku and more! Behind the doors of these Navarrese and Labourdin-style houses, you’ll find a wealth of arts and crafts.

  • Dates: September 2, 2023 to September 3, 2023, at La Bastide-Clairence, tel. 06 85 04 19 11

Further information www.marcheceramique-paysbasque.org

October: Chocolate Month in Bayonne

It’s the gourmet rendez-vous in Bayonne the capital of chocolate. A long history that began in the 16th century with the arrival of cocoa beans on the continent, then thanks to Jewish merchants expelled from the Iberian Peninsula. The word “chocolate” first appears in the archives of the Labourdine capital in 1670. Heir to 400 years of French chocolate-making tradition, the Basque city celebrates its chocolate for three days at the end of October. An opportunity to (re)discover the Saint-Esprit district, the birthplace of Bayonne’s chocolate factories, the Cazenave house, the oldest founded in 1854, not forgetting the Musée du Chocolat and its “lab” where you can watch chocolate being made by hand.

  • Exhibitions, conferences and workshops complete the program. Gourmands, get your diaries, the Chocolate Festival schedule is now available. more info .

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