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Mios-Bazas cycle path

Hikes & walks in Le Nizan

Mios-Bazas cycle path - Hikes & walks in Le Nizan

During this walk you can see Uzeste Collegiate Church, the exceptional Villandraut Castle dating back to the 14th century, as well as the small municipality of Saint-Léger-de-Balson, the village of Le Tuzan, the town of Hostens and Hostens departmental estate, the municipality of Belin-Beliet with the Park House (Maison du Parc) and the Graoux Centre. Lastly, pass through Salles and Mios to reach the Bay of Arcachon Nature Centre (Maison de la Nature du Bassin d'Arcachon).

Description sheet

Departure municipalityLe Nizan
Outing typeCycling itinerary
Recommended periodfrom january to december
Kilometres99 mi


At Le Nizan, head towards the station.


The route departs from Le Nizan (head towards the station).

Along this walk, you can see Uzeste Collegiate Church. Next is the exceptional Villandraut Castle, built in the 14th century for Pope Clement V (visits out of season: weekends only and bank holidays from 2 pm to 6 pm). May and June: every day from 2 pm to 6 pm. August and September: every day from 10 am to 7 pm).

You can also explore the small municipality of Saint-Léger-de-Balson. At the centre of the village, the church (a listed historic monument) has now been partly restored. The frescoes painted on the nave ceiling, the statues of healing saints and the Cagots’ corner (referring to a group of people considered as untouchables in the Middle Ages) continue to attract visitors to this little gem of the 13th century. The miraculous St. Clair fountain (for eye diseases, open to all) and the Cagots’ spring further add to the mysterious atmosphere of the place.

You will then discover Le Tuzan, a small village between Saint-Symphorien and Hostens. In this municipality, a site from the Late Magdalenian has been unearthed: a hunters’ camp dating back to 11 000 or 11 500 BC. Many tools have been discovered there: flints, stone fragments, chisels, scrapers and broaches. The current site of the municipality has therefore been occupied for a very long time.

You will also pass through the town of Hostens, nestling amid the greenery of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Natural Park. Hostens departmental estate welcomes you all year round, providing an ideal setting for sports and leisure. A verdant little paradise boasting five lakes, one suitable for bathing and the others for fishing, as well as mountain bike circuits, this peaceful haven is well worth exploring (canoe-kayaks and pedal boats can be hired).

Next, you can explore the municipality of Belin-Beliet, where the Park House and the Graoux Centre are located. The River Leyre runs through the surrounding area, where you will find water sports centres (canoe-kayaking, etc.).

Lastly, pass through Salles and Mios to reach the Bay of Archachon Nature Centre.

Return to Le Nizan following the same route.

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