WATER sports and outdoor ACTIVITIES
The tide is rising, so why not take a surf break! 15 minutes away from the recording room some of the best surf sposts of the Atlantic coast are waiting for you.
If surfing's not your thing, you can canoe on the La Palue River, or Stand Up Paddle (SUP) on Lake Leon, which is rich in flora and fauna, a protected nature reserve that is also 15 minutes from our 8128 Neve. Great activities accessible to all!
And if you get tired of the Manoir de Leon's swimming pool surrounding water sports, all roads lead to Côte Landes Nature Bicycle Rides. You could take a leaf from the Tour De France and cruise down the Vélodyssée (Eurovéloroute n°1, linking North Europe to Portugal). You could cycle to the resort town of Léon, whose route will lead you to Contis beach, Cap de l'Homy Beach and Saint Girons. If you need a bike just ask our crew. At the Manoir de Leon we have a few "family bikes" at our guests' disposal.
And if you need to hit something else than your drumkit, Moliets Golf & Tennis resort is just 15 minutes away!
The only lighthouse in Landes, the Lighthouse of Contis gives you a 360° view, showing all the beauty of Landes' natural features: the ocean, endless beaches, and the immensity of the Landes forest
The encounter of the 3rd kind
Didier Faget, Master Artisan Chocolatier, Patissiere and ice cream maker - voted one of the best chocolatiers in France with 41 years experience!Visit the chocolatery by appointment in the afternoon (1€ per person) and visit the tea room with its beautiful view of the fountain and garden.
Hossegor is the chicest town of the Landes region. Actors, singers, painters and pro-surfers from all over the world have made this quiet little town the place to hangout, go shopping (ladies beware - it's a trap) or listen to small bands playing in bars. People flock here on week-ends to relax and enjoy the cool Californian-style way of life.
The Pedebert activity centre has bargains all year round with factory stores open from Tuesday to Saturday. This area is the Mecca for surf culture and fashion fans. Outlet shops include: Rip Curl, Quicksilver, Billabong, Dickies, Oxbow, Element, Globe, Carhartt, Vans and many more.
Whatever the weather, whatever the season, in the Basque country everything fizzes. Minds, hearts, villages, chocolate, jacuzzis with sea views and of course, the ocean. A strange force takes hold of you when you're in the Basque country. It can't be described – it's like magic. It just has to be experienced and is only 45 minutes drive from Leon!
Under an hour's drive away is the beautiful town of Biarritz. The town has attractions like the Sea Museum which is perched on a cliff facing out to the ocean with a beautiful view. There's a splendid Art Deco monument, and an aquarium with thousands of different species. Don't miss the seals' basin or the sharks' cave to get up close and personal...
This is an elegant bistro where tradition meets chic in the classy decor. It serves very fine French cuisine, made all the better when enjoyed in the al fresco dining area on sunny days.
Just 15 minutes from Leon is the incredible Le Cabanon. The menu is an excellent hydrid of traditional South-West French and exotic Mauritian cuisine. Very reasonably priced, they also have a perfect selection of wines to pair with the menu. And for the brave, try the Cognac collection, it's outstanding.