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COME AND FEEL ALL THE STIRS OF OUR LAND! Val de l'Eyre is a vast territory at the crossroad of all roads! That of lagoon, of rivers, and of maritime pine trees: a natural circulation corridor for pilgrims to Saint-James of Compostella... Our privileged geographic situation draws us close to Bordeaux and its vineyards, to the sea and lakes with calm waters. 

Val de l'Eyre is a vast territory at the junction of all roads!

Val de l'Eyre is at the centre of the biggest massive forest of Europe. The Landes forest of Gascogne, a real place of protected nature, is 80% of our territory.

It is mainly made up of maritime pine tree and other essentials like oak which coexist with pine.

 

Essentially private, it is therefore not natural but cultivated, spread out over the centuries by man for timber exploitation.

Timber and paper industries have become the main stakeholders of the regional economy.


At the discovery of natural sites

Our territory, full with the Landes forest of Gascogne and crossed by the "l'Eyre" river, it has succeeded to safeguard magnificent natural treasures: lagoon coming from the original lande housing a flora and a unique animal life in Europe.

The Landes forest of Gascogne
The Landes forest of Gascogne
The river: The Leyre
The river: The Leyre

The Landes forest of Gascogne: a secret nature

Created by men at the period of Napoleon III, the tall maritime pine tree which is part of our  Gironde Lande helped to at once drain old unhealthy swamps and to create a rich and diversified economy.

Natural place in constant renaissance, our forest brings to all those who visit it a luxury of rare sensations.   Its greatest attraction is her diversity. Since in between fragment of pine of all ages which is part of it, the banks of Leyre crowded with luxuriant vegetation, there, we also discover airials, these large clearing or big oaks comes and shade agricultural houses and buildings or again entire "quarters" shared by several families.

The Leyre, wild river

There are only 12 wild labelled rivers in France. Big Leyre, coastal rivers, life artery of the regional natural park of Landes in Gascogne, has been labelled "Wild River".  At the centre of this tremendous sweet-smelling forest of maritime pine flows a secret and calm river: The Leyre

There are waters of the water table not deep, which flush in different sources, give it birth. The real link between the Gascogne forest and the sea is Leyre covers 135km. On the angle of the uniform, Lyre is actually multiple. The small Leyre, calm, with clean water and the large Leyre , impetuous, with dart water, meet at Moustey to give birth to l'Eyre, more larger which becomes a generous delta in contact with the Arcachon Bay.


The faluns: archaeological walls - Salles Commune 
The faluns: archaeological walls - Salles Commune 
Lagunes du Gat Mort - Saint Magne Commune
Lagunes du Gat Mort - Saint Magne Commune

Les faluns de Salles, archaelogical wall

At the era of Cenozoic, some 15 millions years ago, the sea covering the Aquitaine Basin retired/retreated, leaving behind calcareous land rich in marine sediments. At the hall, the faluns (old marine sediments made up of sandy limestones, lime mud and somewhat shellfish sand) is exposed at the border of l'Eyre and one can see with naked eyes different variety of fossilized shells. Research has also revealed the presence of multiple mollusc, fishes and some marine mammals like dolphin.

Les Lagunes du Gât Mort

Adjoining the three municipalities of Saint Magne, Hostens and Louchats, this humid area exceptionally reserved around the small stream of Death Gat is part of the key cultural elements of Val de L'Eyre.  After the pine wood, this vast full of swamps and lagoons, relic/remnant of the original land whose development goes back to the ice age, is a secret and magic area. 


Romanesque art, a remarkable heritage of the Val de l'Eyre

The Val de l’Eyre can boast of a strong local history. Romanesque art is represented by two 11th century churches: Saint Pierre de Mons and Saint Michel du Vieux Lugo.

Our territory also accommodates the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela itinerary. A rich historical and human heritage awaits you!

Saint-Michel du Vieux Lugo Church, Lugos ©Midi Prod
Saint-Michel du Vieux Lugo Church, Lugos ©Midi Prod

LUGOS: Saint-Michel du Vieux Lugo Church – 11th century.

This 11th century church, classified as a historical monument, is the last vestige of the ancient village of Lugo.

Nestled in the heart of the forest, it was an important stopover for pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela, as shown by the mural frescoes depicting pilgrims gratified by divine mercy.  Today, it is the subject of a September pilgrimage.

Contact:

  • Association des Amis de Saint Michel du Vieux Lugo: 05.57.71.93.05
  • Open on request, guided tour.

Heritage visit proposed by the tourist office during the summer period: link to les visites guidées

Saint-Pierre de Mons Church, Belin-Beliet ©Midi Prod
Saint-Pierre de Mons Church, Belin-Beliet ©Midi Prod

BELIN-BÉLIET: Saint-Pierre de Mons Church – 11th century.

This Romanesque church with two naves was an important priory of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage. It remains a pilgrim accommodation center. It still displays a chevet with 6 carved 11th century towers as well as a crucifix and a wooden statue of Saint John, dating from the same period. Enlarged in 1669, it accommodates in its cemetery the remains of Charlemagne's companions.  The surroundings of this monument display an ancient stone cross in the cemetery and a mysterious obelisk.

 
Contact:

  • Belin-Béliet Town hall - 05.56.88.00.06
  • Opened upon request, guided visit.

Heritage visit proposed by the tourist office during the summer period: link to les visites guidées

Fontaine Saint Clair @Patrice Hauser
Fontaine Saint Clair @Patrice Hauser

BELIN-BÉLIET: Fontaine Saint-Clair de Mons

La Fontaine Saint Clair is part of one of the legends of the Val de l'Eyre, located at the foot of the church of Mons.  One needs to take a small path going into the forest, and cross the bridge. A cross planted on its stone dome testifies to the people's belief in the origin.  The stream is attributed a sacred dimension.  The fountain feeds the myth that its water could improve sight and cure headaches. Many believers of the church go there on June 1st, the feast of St. Clair.

 

Contact:

  • Belin-Béliet Town hall- 05.56.88.00.06
  • Open access, no visit.


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