Ondres

ville ONDRES

BEACH AND FOREST FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Ondres is a coastal resort with around 4 500 inhabitants. The village initially lived from the pine forest industry (wood, pine cones, resin, etc) until the appearance of tourism. The particularly well preserved pine forest is used for walking, cycling and horse-riding. The town has also made the best of its 2 kilometre-long beach becoming a small costal resort appreciated by families in search of “green” holidays.

Ondres beach provides a panoramic view over the Landes dune belt to the north and the Basque mountains to the south. During the summer months it becomes the everyone’s playground: bathing, sand castles, beach sports and surfing. All you need to try your hand at this fun sport based on balance and respect for nature is to know how to swim. Ondres and ONDRES have both ideal waves and excellent monitors…

visuel plage ONDRES
The villages extends along the RD810 to Bayonne. Next to the town-hall and church are the shops and services, the sports complex (pelota, squash, etc.), the tourist office, Capranie auditorium… not to forget the marketplace which is bustling on Sunday mornings.

The Avenue de la Plage which links the town to the ocean (3 km) is a long straight road lined with pine trees, oaks and mimosas. The main sports facilities (stadium, tennis-courts, trails, cycle paths, ….) and tourist infrastructures (campsites, apartment hotels, chambres d’hôtes…) punctuate this route which can de bone by car, foot, bike or the free shuttle (summer).

Local associations provide the main events: course landaise (bullfighting with no bloodshed), Basque pelota matches, meals with entertainment, festivals and concerts… These include ECLAT (banda, choir …) and the Bergers du Seignanx (traditional dances on the ground and on stilts) whose aim is to perpetuate Gascon traditions.