Exploring the area
If you could boil down just about every daydream you’ve ever had about French provincial life, it would end up looking like this’.
“Small-town living in Gascony” by Sean Newsom Sunday Times, 13 May 2007
The surrounding area offers a host of cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities which will leave you never having to look for something to do.
The Marciac Jazz Festival takes place at the beginning of August. It has been running for over 25 years and has grown to an enormous event during which the sleepy town of Marciac is transformed. Nearly every building turns into a restaurant or bar, many with their own live jazz. The music winds down around 3am and the atmosphere is laid back and informal.
Vic Fezensac (45 minutes drive)
Tempo Latino is held at the end of July. The best concerts are normally on the Friday and Saturday nights. Vic Fezensac is transformed and the bars and music run through the nights of the festival. The main street becomes a huge market and the atmosphere is non-stop.
Madiran (15 minutes drive)
During mid august, Madiran holds its fete du vin (wine festival). It’s a fun day out for the whole family and quite simply involves buying a glass and tasting wine at the many local wine producers stands. Just make sure you’re not the driver!
The Monastery and Church of Saint Mont (5 mins drive)
Now owned by French television presenter Francoise Laborde, you might be lucky enough to get a visit (the Monastery is occasionally open to the public). This stunning piece of Gascon heritage is worth a look even from the outside!
Aignan (15 minutes drive)
Located in a large forest, the lake of Aignan has fishing access, swimming and sunbathing on the sandy beach (supervised in July and August) paintball and an adventure park (ropes and cables suspended through trees).
Mirande (45 minutes drive)
For a few days in July, Mirande tranforms itself into an American town. It is now recognized as the first Country Music festival in Europe. Over 200 stands, on both the festival site and in the centre of town, propose numerous articles for sale including indian and western clothing and, of course, local gastonomic produce.
Condom (45 minutes drive)
Around mid-May there’s the Condom Bandas y Penas Festival which offers a lively weekend of music with international bandas (brass bands) from Gascony, Spain and Belgium – a sight and sound that’ll keep your toes tapping for days.
Saint Mont (5 minutes drive)
The Saint Mont wine festival is held during the last weekend of March every year. It’s a superbly organized wine and culinary experience. In addition, thanks to its new owners, the grounds of the monastery are open for all to explore and enjoy.
La Tour de Termes d’Armagnac (15 mins drive)
A 13th century tower associated with Gascon celebrities such as Thibault de Termes, the companion in arms of Joan of Arc; Henri de Navarre and d’Artagnan. Apart from its history it offers a stunning view of the whole Adour valley. It also plays host to a range of medieval attractions throughout the year.
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