What to do when it rains in the Landes? Camping Lou P’tit Poun has selected a few ideas for activities, outings and leisure activities on rainy days between the Landes and the Basque Country.

What to do when it rains in the Landes and Basque Country

Visit a museum

To stay dry while enriching your general culture, the museum is a great rainy-day classic! In the south of the Landes and the Basque Country, there are dozens of museums and exhibition venues. Among the must-visit museums, the Musée Basque in Bayonne is the perfect place to discover Basque culture in all its forms. If you’re passionate about art and history, we recommend the Musée Bonnat-Helleu in Bayonne, with its collection of fine art (paintings, drawings, sculptures, objets d’art and archaeology…). In Brassempouy, the famous “Dame à la capuche” or Lady of Brassempouy is greeted at the heart of the PréhistoSite, an archaeological site dedicated to the caves of the Pape. With the kids, we suggest a visit to the Reptilarium de Labenne, home to numerous reptiles: crocodiles, alligators, caimans, turtles and iguanas.

An afternoon of shopping

When it rains, shopping is always a pleasure. And Bayonne is THE shopping destination of the Basque Country! A perfect opportunity to store around and take home a few souvenirs from your vacation in the Landes and Basque Country. Bayonne ‘s historic center and pedestrian zone are teeming with shopping addresses of all kinds: big names, small independent boutiques, concept stores, as well as designer stalls, arts and crafts and local produce. Find all the best shopping deals on the bayonneshopping.com website.

Visit an aquarium or surf without getting wet

When the weather’s not so good, you can also visit an aquarium. An idea for a rain-safe outing! To do so, head for Biarritz Aquariumhoused in a magnificent Art Deco building facing the Vierge rock. In addition to its 50 aquariums, the Biarritz aquarium features a seal tank and a giant tank with seven species of shark. Another possibility: the Cité de l’Océan, also in Biarritzfor surfing without getting wet! Stand on a dynamic surfboard, don a virtual reality mask and surf the world’s most beautiful spots: the giant Belharra wave, the Mundaka bar or the Teahupoo tube in Tahiti. Further information www.citedelocean.com

An indoor leisure park

How to keep the kids busy when it’s raining? It’s a question that quickly becomes a real headache for many parents when the kids are running around like caged lions, unable to get to the beach… There’s nothing like a covered amusement park for your little wolves to let off steam sheltered from the bad weather. In Tarnos, Planète Parcs offers a host of indoor activities for children aged 3 to 12, including inflatables, giant slides, trampolines, ball pools and arcade games.

A relaxing break at the Spa

The sun has been playing hide-and-seek for several hours now? Let yourself be pampered without moderation! To say goodbye to dreariness, head for the Spa Dune & Eau balneotherapy center Spa Dune & Eauat Labenne Océan in the Landes region of France. On the program: body and facial treatments, sauna, hammam, massages with essential oils, world massages… You’ll leave feeling relaxed and full of energy!

An Escape Game

When it rains, there’s no escaping it! We’re talking, of course, about Escape Gamea must-try activity in Bayonne. Keeping warm in a confined space, you must solve a series of puzzles as a team to escape. Different scenarios are regularly renewed: police investigation, historical escape game, chilling atmosphere…

What to do when camping

The board game is the star of games to keep you from getting bored on a camping trip when it’s raining. A simple deck of cards can save the day on vacation, even when you’re cooped up in your mobile home or tent. While the good old Monopoly, Uno, Trivial Poursuit and Scrabble are still a sure bet, board games have become much more youthful in recent years (Cluedo Harry Potter, Dobble kids, Les Aventuriers du rail, Time’s Up, etc.).

And to forget the rain, why not take a dip? The aquatic area of our Lou P’tit Poun campsite features a large indoor heated swimming poola children’s pool with games, two slides, an overflow whirlpool bath and several balneotherapy areas (with swan necks and air sofas). If you’re going to get wet, you might as well go for a swim, without getting drenched!

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