The Landes pine forest is mostly man-made, but don’t let that put you off. In fact, this might be what makes it so visually surprising. There you won’t find the usual light, nor the usual color palette encountered in, dare I say, “standard woods”.
First, the slim and spaced out silhouettes of the trees make it a surprisingly luminous place, creating a striking contrast between the dark trunks and the light-bathed feathery ferns on the ground. Then there are the pinks and violets of heather carpeting the white sands of the ground. It seems like it could go on for kilometers before the sea finally appears, improvising tirelessly with this short and unusual repertoire, delivering blackberries and pinenuts along the way to trick you into believing this is not just a desert disguised into a forest.
Smoke and mirrors, dunes and wild flowers…
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The area near Castets has a freshly installed cycle lane that goes through the forest and up to the sea.