Outdoor and Indoor activities in Dax
Dax, in the heart of the Landes region, offers a full list of activities for tourists and visitors: thermal cures, history and culture, folklore, outdoor activities and sporting events. We give you our advices for a successful holiday in this beautiful region of the Southwest.
Dax: Thermal city
As the first thermal destination in France, Dax is known for an ancestral skill of sludge treatment. The hotel Le Splendid has exploited this old technique. Its spa enjoys an ideal location in the thermal water, to guarantee its guests a moment of total relaxation.
In the heart of the city of Dax, there is the Fountain Hot dating from the Gallo-Roman period. This source naturally at the temperature of 64 ° C, benefits from healing virtues, rich in minerals and trace elements. The Romans were the first to exploit the benefits of the water. Oceans are also benefits healthy properties and are easily accessible from Dax.
The Atlantic Ocean whose first beaches are only 30 minutes from our hotel Le Splendid, offers magnificent panoramas and perfect to do water activities. Hossegor, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz… On the Atlantic coast, discover picturesque streets of neighboring cities such as Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz. They are a delight for the eyes and will offer you nice discoveries and good times to share.
Dax and its history
Dax has a fascinating history with many ancient cultural monuments in the city. Its singular architectural style, the Gallo-Roman style is combined with the Art Deco, with typical residences and vestiges (the Fountain Hot, the arenas built in 1913 in Andalusian style, the ramparts, the Basilica of Saint Vincent De Paul, not to mention the Atrium and the 4-star hotel Le Splendid), offers beautiful cultural walks.
The gastronomy of the South-West enjoys a fantastic reputation thanks to its local products: Ducks, foie gras, Label Rouge poultry, asparagus, prunes, truffles, Espelette peppers … Many farms offer tastings local products. The Splendid’s restaurant serves traditional and generous cuisine, reflecting the culinary values of this region, authentic and creative. In Dax, typical markets of the region will make you discover in all simplicity the specialties of Landes.
A few kilometers away, other towns such as Bayonne or Espelette are to be discovered for its small restaurants where you can taste their specialties between friends or as a couple. After a friendly meal, Art Deco lovers will have the chance to get lost in the meanders of the city and its large typical properties of the 1930s open on beautiful garden
Folklore events in Dax
In Dax it is good to live: folklore festivals are organized every year, which animate the whole city during the summer season, and invites the Dacquois and tourists to share a warm moment together around various events.
Traditionally around August 15, the Feria proposes cultural, artistic and sporting activities, creating a real popular fervor. Landes races, flamenco shows, parades, fireworks, ganaderia tours … the Hispanic spirit of these festivities is ideal for convivial and enthusiastic moments. The tradition is to put on the white clothes enhanced by a scarf and a red belt, typical of the Landes region. For twenty years, the city of Dax offers for all lovers of Latin music for 3 days free concerts and its famous “Descargas”.
By staying at our hotel Le Splendid you will be in the heart of all the festivities, to live unforgettable moments during your holidays.
Sports activities in Dax
Dax offers many sporting activities and invites you to take a break in the heart of the Landes region.
You will have the opportunity to support the rugby team of the city of Dax and share a moment of conviviality in the Maurice Boyau stadium. Take a detour by the racecourse of the town of Dax where you can attend horse races, offering you intense moments. For all golf lovers, you can perfect your swing in Moliets, between Atlantic Ocean and forests just 25 minutes from Dax. Various hiking trails are available to all nature lovers with plenty of beautiful scenery along the Barthes trails. Discover the regional park of the Landes of Gascogne, a few kilometers from Dax, to recharge your batteries during a walk in a wild and preserved nature.
Dax is ideally located, close to the Spanish border where you will discover the Basque tradition and its influential cultural heritage. San Sebastian is the living symbol; you can appreciate its Art Deco style inspired mansions, similar to the hotel Le Splendid.