Things to do
Get out and about
Relax and bronze yourself; take a refreshing swim or sail in a boat or pedalo. All your needs are catered for next to the swimming lakes around Riscle. If you’re not familiar with swimming lakes in France, they are just superb. They are perfect family swimming pleasures with lifeguards and cafes. The Lac de la Foret at Aignan is 15 km away and the Lac de Plaisance, with its sandy beach is only 10 km.
Outdoor Swimming pools: Riscle, Viella, Plaisance, Marciac, Castelnau Rivierre Baisse, Aire sur l’adour – all within a 20 minute drive.
Horse-riding. There’s any number of stables offering horse-riding in superb settings for everyone from the absolute beginner to the most competent.
Canoe or kayak.
(Aire Sur l’Adour 15 minutes away) The Adour is perfect for canoeing. Canoeing from place to place is very popular here so why not plan a round trip?
Surrounded by all sorts of vineyard from posh chateaux (which can look intimidating, but are very welcoming) to simple farms where you fill the bottles yourself. You will enjoy a warm welcome at every one (whatever their style) and you will be offered free tastings wherever you go – just make sure you’re not the driver!
The Adour offers a superb spot for fishing. The rivers and lakes in and around Riscle abound with fish and by all accounts, good humored fishermen.
There are tennis courts in Riscle and Saint Mont. Contact the local mairies for information.
While not for the feint hearted, you can’t get away from the fact that you’re in the heart of bull-fighting land. For those who are “into it” the performances you’ll see in this neck of the woods are pretty spectacular.
If you’re into golf, there’s 3 good courses within an hour’s drive of the house. Golf du Chateau de Pallanne is an 18 hole course, only 30 minutes away and is built around a beautiful 18th century castle, in an undulating site with the Pyrenees as a backdrop. In Eauze which is a 45 minute drive there’s a good 18 hole course, some challenging holes plus a swimming pool and restaurant if there are non-golfers in your party. In Auch which is 1 hour away, there’s Golf des Embats, a hilly 18 holer on outskirts of our Gers capital with a good restaurant
A traditional Gascon sport, dating back to the 1830’s and still the principal entertainment at most of the local village fetes. This is a highly energetic and often amusing (bloodless) sport where young local men chance their luck against fast, cunning and slightly frightening Landais cows.
(quite literally, inter-village). During the summer months you’ll often see posters for Interville and this is a pleasure you could miss out on if you don’t know what it is! Quite simply, it’s the young ,fit folk from neighbouring villages challenging each other to various activities backed by the unique sound of the bandas (local bands who’ll leave you humming their tunes for days). At Interville, you’ll see everything from wheelbarrow races, to whole rugby teams pushing each other around in stock cars! It’s a real fun family night out so catch one if you can.
(french skittles) and petanque (boules) is played by locals in most towns around here and while it can often look like just a bunch of old men chucking a ball around, it can be great fun and a superb way to really get involved in the culture. You’ll be welcomed to play, with open arms.
July and August are the main night-market months although there are now a growing number of Christmas markets which draw people from all over. Why not think about doing your Christmas shopping in a whole new style?
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