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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
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Restaurant and hotel in a village. This 19th century mansion combines all that is great about the southwest of France and the Landes, the country of dunes and wide open spaces. The scent of the sea pines drifts over those relaxing by the swimming pool or on the white sandy beaches, only a few kilometres from the Relais de la Poste, or those surfing the famous waves of the Landes coast. Chef Jean Coussau concocts with great talent flavorful gourmet recipes originating from the region between the Basque Country and Bordeaux, with its wealth of exceptional products, like Adour lamprey, hot duck foie gras with grapes, sand asparagus from the Landes or Gillardeau oysters on a bed of chanterelles. ... Learn moreless
It was Jean Coussau who introduced me to his method of sterilising asparagus. It allows us to serve large diameter asparagus of high quality throughout the year. Produced in the Landes, the white asparagus is grown on white sand. The Magescq Cooperative has been one of my preferred suppliers for many years.
Located beside the superb beach of Ilbarritz (Bidart), this restaurant has become an institution in the Basque Country. Dedicated to both fine dining and partying, this is a place that we frequent with great relish. It is a combination of a restaurant, tapas bar and cocktail bar. In the evenings, DJs take turns at the helm to make people dance on the beach…
Restaurant and hotel in the country. A small country palace, on the borders of the Landes and Béarn regions, a romantic haven, a feast for the senses, for pampering your body and letting your mind wander. This family home is an invitation to happiness. Fairytale gardens, aristocratic abode and symphonic cuisine. In this small village, once placed under the patronage of Empress Eugénie, herb gardens, majestic trees and ancient roses line the pathway to a stunning spa, La Ferme Thermale®. In the kitchen, Michel Guérard, who "cooks the way a bird sings", creates celestial marvels. Everywhere else, Christine casts her poetic touch. ... Learn moreless
Created in 1970 in the heart of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park, the Marquèze Ecomuseum evokes the traditional life that the Landes people used to lead in the airials, these vast grassy areas that once grouped together homes and farms. It was these traditional houses that inspired us to create our big spa farm. The Marquèze site now spans nearly 25 hectares: small train, museum, architectural heritage and ethnographic collections showing the daily life of these ancient shepherd farmers.
If the town of Dax is associated with salsa, Mont-de-Marsan has become the reference for flamenco - outside of the Spanish borders! Created in 1989, Arte Flamenco gives the red carpet treatment to the greats of flamenco (Camarón, El Pele, Antonio Canales, etc.) as well as to unknown dancers. The entire town vibrates to the rhythm of palmas and cajon. We try and join in with the party every year! I enjoy the Andalusian people's music and sense of rhythm…
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Protected by the village’s medieval church and in the shade of old plane trees, stands this beautiful 18th century charterhouse. The stone arcades of its sand colored frontage invite you to discover an elegant succession of living and dining rooms. An afternoon by the fireplace in the library, a summer night dining under the lime-tree, tasting Armagnac from its vineyards, nestled in its soft sofas: all this generous joy, real hymn to the delicious products of Gascony, matches the harmony of its luminous simplicity. In the gardens, benefit from the expert treatments provided at the Thermal Spa. ... Learn moreless
Built by the villagers in 1901, the Estang bullrings were classified in 1994 for both the originality of their architecture and their ethnographic interest. Made completely of wood, they are covered with a red "ox blood" colour. The arenas still host the festive courses landaises bullfights several times a year. But I must admit that I take more pleasure from its architecture than its cow racing (involving only females, unlike other bullfighting practices)…
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard. Staying in this 13th century château overlooking the Lot valley is a truly unique experience, an authentic immersion in the history of France during the Middle Ages. Built on a rocky promontory, this was the summer residence of the Counts and Bishops of Cahors for seven centuries. Today, the chef draws his inspiration from local producers, and has won an international reputation for working wonders with black Lalbenque truffles and Quercy lamb. The wine list includes the great Malbec wines and vintages produced in the château’s very own wine cellars, because before being the owner, Mr. Vigouroux was the wine grower. ... Learn moreless
As the owners of Château de Mercuès, the Vigouroux family are a part of the tradition of South West wine making families - and the Cahors appellation. In the seventies, Georges Vigouroux used all of his energy and expertise to replant some 250,000 Malbec grape plants 300m above sea level in one fell swoop. It is now a reference estate. Tours of the vineyards and wine cellars, wine tastings, cooking classes and even "harvest workshops" are available on site. You can also have lunch in the old wine cellars that have been converted into a bistro.
Less known than Lascaux, this cave is nevertheless home to one of the largest Palaeolithic sanctuaries in Europe. Discovered by two teenagers in 1922, it is home to a large variety of concretions and prehistoric paintings dating back over 25,000 years. There are several hundred patterns and engraved or painted drawings (hands, mammoths, horses, etc.). The chapel of mammoths and the representation of punctuated horses are worth the trip alone (the number of visitors is limited to 700 each day)…
Restaurant and hotel in a village. Contemporary interior designer Jacques Garcia has worked wonders with the décor of this 13th century bastide, that was once home to the Counts of Toulouse. The mood is theatrical and luxurious. Sofas with feet that look like lion paws sit beside ancient floor tiles and velvety wall hangings. There is a touch of the artist Jean Cocteau here too, with an avant-garde chandelier that appears out of a wall. Your itinerary should include visiting the region which is one of the most beautiful parts of France, and sampling the recipes dreamt up by Chef Michel Trama, this extraordinary self-taught multi-starred Chef, who strolls through the Lot-et-Garonne farmer markets looking for the best and the unexpected. His cuisine reveals his love of wholesome food and of life in general. You'll sample notably his potato papillote and his lobster lasagna, a few reasons the restaurant is not to be missed. ... Learn moreless
A must see on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostela, Moissac Abbey is famous for its marvellous cloister (11th century). The cloister is in the shade of a majestic cedar tree and has 116 columns and 76 capitals which are reminiscent of biblical stories. Outside, the tympanum of the gate to the abbey church (12th century) is yet another example of a masterpiece of of Romanesque sculpture. According to John the Evangelist, it is dedicated to the Apocalypse. The abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Christophe Avi has the lilting accent and physique of a former rugby back-row forward. As the deserving heir of a family of wine growers, he is one of the protagonists of the revival of the Côtes du Brulhois, a long-forgotten land. His authentic wines, which are full of flavour, are promoted by the Aubergade sommelier. And of course, they appear on the menu at Michel Trama's restaurant. Tours of the winery and wine tasting sessions are possible on the estate.