Labastide d'Armagnac, Landes tourism & sightseeing
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The small town of Labastide d'Armagnac is about 30 kilometres east of Mont-de-Marsan, close to the eastern border of the Landes department of south-west France.
Something of an undiscovered destination, Labastide d'Armagnac has become better known recently after it featured on a shortlist of the 'Favourite villages of the French'.
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France This Way comment: less developed than many of the bastides of south-west France, Labastide d'Armagnac has preserved its historic centre and is a lovely village to visit.
Start your visit in the main square, which is surrounded on all sides by authentic old houses and arcades. Because the square has a rough gravel surface and cars are excluded it has a more authentic feel than many similar villages.
On the side streets that radiate off from the main square there are more colombage houses and interesting old buildings to see, and just outside the centre of Labastide d'Armagnac (near the car park) you can see a traditional washhouse.
The Church of Notre-Dame, on one corner of the main square, has been modified many times over the centuries so little remains of the original 15th century church. Inside the church the highlight is the impressive trompe l'oeil above the altar, painted in 1831 and adding a baroque style to the church.
The Maison Malartic, a colombage house resting on stone pillars at the other side of the square, is said to be the houses from where Henry IV looked out of a window across the square in Labastide d'Armagnac and decided to use it as the inspiration for the Place des Vosges in Paris. A nice story but I visited the Place des Vosges recently and it is really not very similar...
Just outside the main square from Maison Malartic there is a quiet house with a sign 'Cafe du Peuple'. This cafe was originally called the Cafe Chantant and was at one time a lively bar with erotic cabarets and a major attraction in the region bringing a small glimpse of Paris life to the countryside. Not so much nowadays!
We should mention that, especially if you visit outside high season, there are almost no shops and just a couple of restaurants in Labastide d'Armagnac and the nearest supermarket is quite a journey, so if you are planning a picnic you might like to bring it with you!
Just outside the village you can visit the Chapel Notre-Dame de Cyclistes. A small church in a nice setting, the church is best known for its annual service dedicated to cyclists, which is apparently often attended by famous cyclists.
While you are exploring this part of the Landes department you will enjoy a stroll around the village of Mauvezin d'Armagnac - it is a very small village but has some pretty houses and is just a few kilometres east of Labastide d'Armagnac.
To the west of here we also suggest you visit the historic village of Saint-Justin.
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Address: Labastide-d'Armagnac, Roquefort, Mont-de-Marsan, Aquitaine, 40240, France || GPS: latitude 43.970278, longitude -0.185
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Mont-de-Marsan: ville fleurie 4* (27 km)
- Montreal-du-Gers: most beautiful village (31 km)
- Aire sur l'Adour église St Quitterie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (31 km)
- Palmeraie du Sarthou: remarkable garden (33 km)
- Fources: most beautiful village (33 km)
- Abbaye de St Sever (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (39 km)
- Beaumont sur l'Osee pont d'Artigues (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (39 km)
- Larressingle: most beautiful village (40 km)
- Nerac: secteur sauvegarde (46 km)
- Hagetmau: ville fleurie 4* (48 km)
- Landes de Gascogne: regional natural parc (59 km)
The French version of this page is at Labastide d'Armagnac (Francais)