Tourism in Sanguinet: 10 not-to-be-missed tours
You’re spending your vacations on the Domaine des Oréades in Sanguinet in the Landes and want to do a bit of sightseeing in Sanguinet without going to the end of the department. Good news: we’ve come up with 10 not-to-be-missed sightseeing tours.
1. The Museum of Traditions and History in Biscarrosse
The Musée des traditions et de l’histoire in Biscarrosse offers a panorama of the traditional heritage of the Landes region, and more specifically that of the Pays de Born, and offers visitors a boat trip to discover the marshes.
It offers a free or guided approach to the commune’s history, local culture, landscapes and the way man has shaped his environment. It explains the formation of the dunes, the lakes that conceal archaeological sites in their waters, the exploitation of the Landes forest, gemmage and resin exploitation, as well as all the rural and artisanal activities.
2. Municipal Museum of Lake Sanguinet
Under the calm waters of our lake, you can imagine three villages, more than thirty pirogues and a variety of sunken objects.
The Musée Municipal du Lac de Sanguinet invites you to discover or rediscover three themes: sand, man and water:
- The history of lake formation on the Aquitaine coast ;
- The life of men in Sanguinet from 1500 BC to the 4th century, through an exceptional archaeological heritage: villages, objects of daily life, pirogues ..;
- The lake’s aquatic life and ecosystem.
3. Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens de Biganon church in Moustey
Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens de Biganon is one of three churches in Moustey. It may seem strange that a small Landes village should have several places of worship, but that’s because the commune of Biganon joined Moustey in 1964.
Built in the 11th century, the Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens church in Biganon is a vast Romanesque building decorated with medieval wall paintings that were only discovered in 1982. Devoid of any sculpted decoration, the building is an example of the simplicity of medieval architecture. However, its organization is rather complex: a chevet with a circular apse is completed by two apsidioles clearly separated from the main apse.
4. Notre-Dame and Saint-Martin churches in Moustey
Les églises Notre-Dame & Saint-Martin à Moustey, de style roman, sont construites en garluche et munies d’un clocher-mur. The two churches were once in the same cemetery, which led Dom Biron, quoted by Abbé Baurein, to say:
“I’ve run so much, traveled so much, never have I seen two churches in one cemetery.”
5. Michel and Jacqueline Kubiak’s garden in Saint-Paul-en-Born
Michel and Jacqueline Kubiak’s garden in Saint-Paul-en-Born is a haven of peace, with a subtle blend of numerous varieties and selected species. From climbers to ground cover, all strata are generously occupied. Clematis, ampelopsis, roses, sage, ceanothus, lantina verbena and many others dress the garden in a multitude of colors.
6. Sainte Ruffine fountain in Moustey
Dedicated to Saint Ruffine, the fountain in the hamlet of Biganon, which became part of the commune of Moustey in 1964, is reputed to be miraculous.
The fountain is prominently displayed behind the Biganon church. It was much visited, as it was believed to have miraculous virtues for curing skin ailments affecting young children.
7. The Gourgue educational trail in Sanguinet
This magnificent 4.5 km trail follows the course of the Gourgue, the tiny stream that was responsible for the formation of Lac de Sanguinet. The route is marked out in yellow on the trees and with signs explaining the main environments and species of the ecosystem. The start is on the right of the road opposite the Sanguinet church. Allow 1 h 30 to 2 hours for the hike.
8. The Résinier trail in Sanguinet
The “sentier du résinier” is an educational trail that takes you through the different stages of gemmage and the evolution of methods since the last century.
9. The Hydraviation Museum in Biscarrosse
The Biscarrosse Hydraviation Museum is located on the mythical site of the former Latécoère base, and tells the story of its history and that of hydraviation.
10. Le courant des forges” discovery trail in Pontenx-les-Forges
Along the “Le courant des forges” discovery trail in Pontenx-les-Forges, you’ll pass through an ancient wetland, stands of pine forest where young and old trees are cultivated and cared for until they’re harvested. Along the way, you’ll discover a vestige of the feudal era (motte féodale). A botanical trail completes the walk.