In the 18th century the running of the bulls was authorised in Dax but it had to take place in an "enclosed space behind barriers". The arena, in the grounds of the former Cordeliers Convent, was in the shape of a horseshoe. The current arena, built from cement, was inaugurated by the Mayor in 1913. Expanded during the 20th century, the arena can now accommodate up to 8,000 spectators. Restored in 2003, the arena is currently looking better than ever.
Currently a concert hall, this former casino was built in 1925 and designed by the architects André Granet and Roger-Henri Expert.
Listed as a Historical Monument since 1986, the golden and silver stucco ceilings and panels of the Atrium are a must see.
Fully restored at the end of the 20th century and reopened in 2005, the Atrium has been restored to its former glory.
The Landes and Gascony Forest covers approximately one million hectares divided between the Landes, Gironde and Lot et Garonne departments. It belongs for the most part to foresters who produce trees for the wood industry in Aquitaine.
This immense forest is composed essentially of maritime pines, which were planted massively at the end of the 18th century. At the time, vast unhealthy swamps covered the Gascony Landes. The pines were grown to stabilise the stretches of costal dunes and to sanitise the wet areas of the Landes. Between 1786 and 1793, Nicolas Brémontier, a royal engineer, experimented with pine cultivation to stabilise the costal bar between Le Pyla and Arcachon. By 1801, the process had proved to be very efficient. This success was followed in 1867 by planting 90,000 hectares of pine trees along the bay mouth bar and seeding the dunes with beach grass, thyme and bindweed to complete sand stabilisation.
Right in the centre of Dax, the Atrium Café welcomes you for lunch and dinner in an Art Deco and modern setting. You can also spend the evening there. It serves a wide range of cocktails to be savoured slowly and comfortably sitting on a sofa, at the bar or outside on the cool patio. As for the musical ambiance that comes from the numerous concerts that they organise covering all musical genres: Jazz, Blues, Rock, French chanson - what better way to spend an evening!
Dax madeleines need no introduction. Maison Cazelle has specialised in making these madeleines every day for more than a century. It was in 1906 that the great-grandfather of Philippe Cazelle founded this family business.
You choose your madeleines in an old fashioned English style shop right in the centre of Dax in a listed building. It only remains for you to discover the secrets of this recipe which uses no preservatives, only flour, sugar, eggs and lemon. Everything is made fresh and you buy the madeleines straight from the oven.