About fifteen kilometres from Lake Léon, Moliets-Plage and Saint-Girons-Plage, Castets is a pretty village with typical Landes charm nestled in the heart of the forest. A small corner of the Marensin to discover without moderation during your holidays in the Landes!
A village under the pines, between forest and ocean
Situated 15 km as the crow flies from Lake Léon and the ocean beaches of the Côte d'Argent, only fifteen minutes by car from the Eurosol campsite in Vielle-Saint-Girons, this Landes village of some 2,400 inhabitants, hidden in the Landes forest, offers its visitors a wide range of activities in the midst of an omnipresent and welcoming nature. Castets has been awarded the "Villes et villages fleuris" label and is classified as a "Station Verte" (green resort). It offers both the discreet and authentic charm of the villages of Marensin and that of a large, lively and animated village, the largest in the canton.
Outdoor activities, walks and hikes in Castets
Surrounded by pine forests, punctuated by streams and lakes, the village of Castets is full of peaceful spots, ideal for family walks, fishing or just relaxing. In the village, a 3 km loop is linked to the forest circuit, where the smell of pine trees, heather and ferns mingle. In the forest, a 13 km hiking circuit allows you to immerse yourself in the heart of the wooded areas crossed by undulating rivers.
Castets is also a crossing point for the old Landes railway line which once linked the communes of Vielle-Saint-Girons and Tartas. This railway line has become a greenway called "Lo Camin de Hè" (The Railway, in Gascon). On foot, by bike or on rollerblades, you can choose to go inland towards Taller, or reach the seaside towards Linxe or Saint-Girons-Plage, if you prefer the sea air.
Do you like water sports? Canoeing down the Palue river is a classic in the summer. The river which feeds the Léon lake offers an exotic walk, in the shade of an astonishing "gallery forest". From Castets, with the canoe-kayak club, set off to discover a wild nature, a refuge for an often unsuspected fauna and flora. Escape guaranteed!
Discovering the Castesian heritage
The Landes village is home to several sites of historical interest that are well worth a visit. The heritage circuit invites the curious to explore the architectural and natural riches of Castes, as well as a few heritage curiosities. Strolling through the streets of the village, you will discover the façade of the neo-classical Town Hall, the church of Saint-Barthélemy and its 15th century Gothic bell, the Saint-Roch fountain (nicknamed the Fontaine Vive) and the old forges of Castets, now in ruins.
DID YOU KNOW THAT? During the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, Castets was an important iron and cast iron production site. The forges and the blast furnace were created in 1819, with the support of Baron d'Haussez and the Mining Engineer d'Aubuisson. Dozens of houses were built to house the workers. The iron and steel industry in the commune came to an end around 1905. During the holidays, guided tours are offered to better understand iron working and the history of the Landes metallurgy.