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The Landes in Aquitaine


Between the forest of the high Landes and the Armagnac vineyards, Roquefort is an inviting stop, located along the Saint James of Compostella route. With diverse fauna and protected flora, the surrounding area is best discovered on foot, by bike, horse back or by canoe. These various environments are the last places of refuge for European minks and are a migratory stopover for numerous grey cranes.
Roquefort has maintained interesting remnants dating back to its establishment, in the Xth century, a Chateau from the XI century, walls from the XII century, the “Pène Cadet” bridge with a Gothic arch, Gothic portals, cobblestone squares, and bourgeois stone houses

Recreational and Sightseeing Attractions

  •  Natural attractions - caves and limestone cliffs, and timber framed houses
  • The Sainte-Radegonde spring: south of the castle, this miraculous fountain is supposed to relieve rheumatism particularly the day of this saint’s fete on 13 August. 
  • Sainte-Marie de Roquefort’s Church: initially a Benedictine priory during the XIIth century, it was successively transformed up until the XVIIth century.
  • The Roquefort Fetes : The weekend of 15 August has the followiing events: a novillada,  a “course Landaise” (an ancient form of bullfighting not involving any bloodshed) held in a wooden arena, a “cavalcade” parade and  several shows.
  • The Bastides near Saint Justin and Labastide d’Armagnac whose “Place Royale” or royal square was founded by the Count of Armagnac in 1211.
    The city has kept its original medieval architecture with the “Place Royale”, the church, a wash-house and a  XIVth century watermill.
  • "Voie Verte du Marsan et de l'Armagnac": A green trail for non-motorised traffic runs from Gabarret to Mont-de-Marsan, through Labastide d'Armagnac; a place to discover on foot, by bike or horse back.
  • The “boucles” or loop trails of Petites Landes de Roquefort: Walking trails forming a local loop, regional paths, “Grande Randonnée” (GR8, GR65 hiking trails) and Saint James of Compostella routes (the routes of Puy en Velay, Vezelay and Tours). Thirteen paths are available ranging from 1 hour 15 minutes long to approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes (Rando-Guide No.13, Petites Landes de Roquefort).

Roquefort in the Landes d'Armagnac

L’«Aygue Ardente» or firewater first appeared in the XIVth century. In the XVth century, the number of stills multiplied due to medicinal properties attributed to Armagnac.
Landes’ Armagnac has a subtle and fruity flavour. Its distinctiveness comes from tawny-coloured sands which are different from the sands of the Landes’ forest or the clay soil of neighbouring Gers.

The ageing process can last up to 50 years with the aromas of prune and vanilla expanding over time and the alcohol content progressively lessening.

“Armagnac en Fête” which takes place the last weekend of October marks the end of the grape harvest and the beginning of distillation.

Places of Interest

The “Ecomusée d’Armagnac (Ecomuseum of Armagnac), “Musée du Vigneron” (Winemakers’ Museum), stills:

  Château Garreau
Labastide d’Armagnac
Phone: +33 (0)5 58 44 84 35

  Le Château du Prada : In the heart of Bas Armagnac, visit the storehouses, purchase Armagnac
Labastide d’Armagnac
Phone: +33 (0)5 58 44 60 60 and mobile: +33 (0)6 07 62 34 87

  Musée de l’Armagnac (Armagnac Museum)
2 rue Jules Ferry
32 000 Condom
Phone: +33 (0)5 62 28 47 17

In Mont de Marsan
  Mont de Marsan golf club: 18 holes
40090 Saint-Avit
Phone: +33 (0)5 58 75 63 05 - Fax: +33 (0)5 58 06 80 72

  Parc de Nahuques (Nahuques Animal Park and gardens)
Free entry. Open 7 days a week. Walkway, shaded picnic area.  Playground for children, pony rides. 9+ acre animal park.

  Parc Jean Rameau  (Jean Rameau Park)
Remarkable plants and collections, sculptures, children’s playground.

Musée de Mont-de-Marsan (Mont-de-Marsan Museum)
French figurative sculpture dating from 1880 to 1950 which are the works of Mont de Marsan sculptors, Charles Despiau and Robert Wlerick. More than 1,800 sculptures, sculpture garden, library, and historical 13th century building.

  Fêtes de la Madeleine

Férias the third week of July, to the music of bandas entertaining in the streets night and day. Corridas, novilladas and “courses landaises” (an ancient form of bullfighting not involving any bloodshed) in the Plumaçon arena. Parade with floats, big fireworks display.

  Festival Flamenco
International festival dedicated to flamenco culture in the city’s performance halls and bodegas. Well-know artists and young talent. Dance and music classes. www.landes.org

Find out more
  Office de tourisme Saint-Justin (Saint-Justin Tourism Office)
Place des Tilleuls 40240 Saint-Justin
Phone: +33 (0)5 58 44 86 06

  Comité départemental du tourisme (Departmental Tourism Committee)

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