Located ten kilometres from the beaches of the Landes, near Cap de l'Homy, the small village of Lévignacq is the most southern of the Pays de Born, on the borders of the Marensin. Lovers of old stones and nature, Camping Eurosol tells you all there is to do and see in Lévignacq, a typical Landes village.
A typical Landes village, between the Pays de Born and Marensin
Located in the heart of the Landes de Gascogne, 20 km from your 4 star campsite in the Landes, Lévignacq is a small village in the Landes with a population of about 300. In the heart of the village, this large stream marks a border that is invisible today. On one side is Haut-Vignac, in Marensin; on the other, on the right bank, Bas-Vignac and its village, in the Pays de Born. This large stream flows into the Contis current, a small coastal river that joins the ocean. Downstream, it feeds the pond of the Uza forge, the oldest foundry in the Landes, which has now disappeared.
Lost in the Landes forest, the village is located on the old Roman road that once crossed the Landes, on the route to Santiago de Compostela. Today, the small town on the back coast has become a must-see for both lovers of old stones and nature lovers. Lévignacq has inherited a particularly rich architectural heritage, which can be discovered in the narrow streets of the village and in the heart of the forest.
The church of Saint-Martin de Lévignacq
For centuries, pilgrims have stopped in Lévignacq to pray in the church of Saint-Martin de Lévignacq. Listed as a historical monument since 2001, this former Romanesque church, fortified by the English in the 14th century, is distinguished by its bell tower-dungeon topped by a polygonal spire.
Inside, the walls and vaults have been decorated with biblical scenes and landscapes by Jean Fautier and Joseph Léger, two Bordeaux artists from the early 18th century. You should also pay attention to the set of frescoes dating from the 15th century which decorate the choir vault, to the Louis XIII entrance door made of wrought iron and wooden bars, and to the southern sundial, engraved and painted on plaster.
These old stones that tell their story
After visiting the church and walking along the low walls made of garluche - the emblematic stone of the Landes - the visitor discovers the half-timbered houses typical of the Landes in the 19th century, the old timber-framed presbytery, the boys' school and the old washhouse on the banks of the stream, which recalls the memory of the washerwomen of the past. To find out more about the history of Lévignacq, you should visit the Maison Boucau, a museum dedicated to local heritage. The place presents old tools, documents and costumes evoking the Lévignacq of yesteryear.
Walks and hikes in Lévignacq
Take advantage of your stay in Lévignacq to walk in the forest. The "pignada" covers a large part of the Pays de Born, surrounding large forest clearings covered with ancient dunes over hundreds of hectares.
Walking along the stream, the walker reaches the Louise district and the Moulin Vieux, a living witness to the Gascon identity. Today, the old flour mill has been replaced by a fish farm. Downstream from the village, the walker discovers the marshes, recently rehabilitated. They are now used as a wintering and nesting place for many water birds. By bicycle or mountain bike, the Vignac cycle path leads you through the forest to the Cap de l'Homy beach at the end of a beautiful two-hour cycle ride.
photo@Lesley Williamson, Côte Landes Nature Tourisme