Mont-de-Marsan, Landes: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Mont-de-Marsan (Aquitaine, France)

The town of Mont-de-Marsan is inland in Aquitaine, in the Landes department and south of the Parc Naturel Regional des Landes de Gascogne. It is at the confluence of the Midou river and Douze river (which together form the Midouze river). 

Exploring Mont-de-Marsan

France This Way comment: often ignored by holidaymakers in their rush to reach the Atlantic beaches, Mont-de-Marsan makes an interesting stop-off point with a few features.

There are various half-timbered medieval houses to discover in Mont-de-Marsan although the most impressive ancient houses here are built of stone: these are two fortified houses dating from the 12th century. The houses are fortified because they once formed part of the town's defensive walls and you can see them in Rue Maubec.

You will see various other buildings of interest as you explore such as a small roman style chapel in Place Pujolin and parts of the medieval ramparts of the town.

Another highlight in Mont-de-Marsan is a museum of sculpture dating from the 1930's - the Musee Despiau-Wlerick. The building itself, called the Donjon Lacataye, is an attractive tower that dates from the 13th century - the two houses that originally formed the building were merged and the crenellations added in the 15th century. Despiau and Wlerick were sculptors between the two world wars and the museum is dedicated to their works, and also features other sculptures from the same period.

The sculpture theme continues in the town itself, with various examples by the same artists on display as you explore the pedestrianised centre of Mont-de-Marsan. After exploring the town stroll down to the original town port at the confluence of the rivers for a picturesque view of the town.

The covered market at Mont-de-Marsan has a wide range of local produce available and is held twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday mornings in Place Saint-Roch.

Children will enjoy the animal park in the Parc de Nahuques, where they can see animals such as sheep, llamas, goats and emus while garden enthusists will perhaps prefer the Parc Jean Rameau with its extensive plant collection. These are just two of the parks in Mont-de-Marsan and help explain how it was awarded the prestigious 4* town in bloom award.

Mont-de-Marsan is also an important base for the French air-force.

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Attractions nearby

The most visited attraction near Mont-de-Marsan is at the town of Saint-Sever, about 15 kilometres south of here where you can see a very impressive example of roman style architecture and stone carvings at the 11th century Abbey Church of Saint-Sever.

Dax is to the south-west of here and Nérac is to the north-east.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Landes guide and the Aquitaine guide.

See also:

Map of Mont-de-Marsan and places nearby

Visit near Mont-de-Marsan with France This Way reviews

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Tourist classifications for Mont-de-Marsan

Mont-de-Marsan is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*

Address: Mont-de-Marsan, Aquitaine, 40000, France || GPS: latitude 43.8914, longitude -0.499444

Plan your visit to Mont-de-Marsan, Landes

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Abbaye de St Sever (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (16 km)
  • Hagetmau: ville fleurie 4* (27 km)
  • Aire sur l'Adour église St Quitterie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (28 km)

Market days in Mont-de-Marsan, France

Regular market(s) are held in Mont-de-Marsan each Tuesday all day & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Mont-de-Marsan (Francais)