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Events list: Ondres

Dare to welcome his summer visitors. The small seaside resort offers a varied program throughout the summer to enhance your day and fill your evenings. You will be able to discover the local specialties, witnesses of the respected and valued traditions.

Fill up with summer activities in Ondres!

Whatever the venue of the event, at the beach, the sports center or downtown, a free shuttle system is set up all summer to simplify your travel and limit the use of your personal vehicles .

The Ondres festivities, which took place this last weekend of June, marked the opening of the summer season. Throughout the months of July and August, you can enjoy the many events organized in the city center and at the beach.

Some of them are weekly:

  • The market

Every Sunday morning, from 8 am to 1 pm on the Richard Feuillet square in the city center, the market allows you to discover and fill with local and authentic local products, to let yourself be tempted by the fishmonger’s stall, to taste the craft pastries and good bread or go to meet the winemaker who will advise you on its many award-winning products on contests. The roaster or the caterer will also know how to treat you and spare you some cooking.

In addition to this Sunday meeting, enjoy the night market Tuesday night at the beach of Ondres from July 16 to August 20. You will find natural products, local and craft, offering that is part of the eco-responsible approach put forward throughout the Seignanx, community of municipalities in which Ondres is located. You will not miss the exhibition of vintage cars and you will be tempted by a discovery course for € 2 per person. Perhaps you will be the lucky winner of the raffle organized by the merchants present who will give you your tickets during purchases made on their stands.

  • Landaise cow races

Every Monday evening from July 8 to August 26 at 9 pm, next to the stadium on the Avenue de la Plage.

Come discover this traditional Landes sport where men, spreaders or jumpers, face cows from breeding bulls fighting. Identifiable in their black or brown dress, they sport a slender and nervous silhouette and have nothing in common with their peers that we see grazing in our meadows. Of Spanish or Camargue stock, they come from farms Landais called ganaderias. They are selected for their bravery and nobility and are the object of attentive care, high and pampered as high level sports animals.

The Landes race is one of the four forms of bullfighting, but like the Camargue race, there is no killing of the animal. Today still attraction of the village festivals, it is the joy of summer visitors in the seaside resorts of our department. The ganaderia DAL offers you every week a demonstration of this sport practiced mainly in the Landes and the Gers.

Bullfighters, called coursayres in Gascon, face cows in two ways:

-The spreaders are waiting for the cow and have to dodge it at the last moment, thus making a gap.

– the jumpers are waiting for the cow and perform a jump over the cow whose race must be straight. They perform various jumps including jumping jointed feet tied with a scarf or placed in a beret.

If the first raise some cries of apprehension on the part of the spectators, the second provoke their enthusiasm. These bullfighters are usually high level gymnasts from the bullfighting school they have been attending since their youngest age.

At the end of this demonstration, the most daring spectators are invited to come face some young cows in various arena games. Remember the show Intervilles and its famous cowhides: they came from this same ganaderia and the games are the ones you will find in these arenas.

  • The Basque pelota

Every Wednesday evening, from July 10th to August 21st (except July 24th), go to the Larrendart complex in the city center to discover this traditional southwestern sport that includes several ball games from most of the game. of palm, still in vogue in the XVIIth century.

You have probably been surprised, during your walks in the south of the Landes and in the Basque Country, the number of pediments present in the cities and especially the villages where gather many players of pelota. Perhaps you will have paused at the bar trinquet, the name of the covered and closed room adjacent to the establishment where these disciplines are also practiced. The rectangular playing area has a front wall, the frontis, on which the ball is struck, a wall on the right, left and bottom.

An inclined plane, a low wall surmounted by a wooden roof and a square hole at the bottom of the frontis result in particular rebounds and sometimes unpredictable. Throughout the summer, discover two specialties of the sport, the ball with bare hands and the chistera on the left wall at the sports complex Larrendart:

Ball with bare hand: it is the first sport of pelota which was born on all the pediments before being practiced in covered structures such as the trinquet. The players, wearing white trousers and a colored polo, return the ball with bare hands, however, since the 80s covered with bandages plated on the palm. The game is between two players or two teams of 2. The first player must throw the ball on the front line above a materialized line and his opponent must then hit it again on the fly or after the first rebound. By team, there is a forward and a back, each one intervening when the ball falls in his zone.

Chistera Joko Garbi: its other name is limpio or pure game. The joko garbi means little glove in Basque. It is indeed a wicker glove in the shape of a slightly curved gutter that the player fixes to his hand and serves to send the ball against the frontis. It is different from the big chistera, longer. This game opposes two teams of two players when it is practiced on a wall on the left, as in Ondres. This specialty regales by the speed of play and the artistic qualities that it develops.

The Casetas

This event will take place on Saturday, July 13 from 19h, at the pediment and place Richard Feuillet in downtown Ondres.

All the associations ondraises invite you to find them under their small capitals the casetas (Spanish word meaning shelter) in order to make you discover the gastronomic specialties of the area. Each, indeed, presents its own plate at the single rate of 4 € per person including a preparation Basque-Landaise or Spanish cuisine based on local products that you will enjoy on large tables in a friendly and festive atmosphere to the sound of the banda local. From 22:30, a ball will close the evening.

A free shuttle bus brings you from the beach to the city center and guarantees your return until 2am.

Basque-Landaise evening

The Basque-Landaise evening will take place on Saturday 2nd August. On the program, tasting of Basque and Landaise specialties: ham of Bayonne, Basque cake and sheep cheese, but also duck breast of the moors will be the main part of your meal. A musical entertainment is offered in the second half of the evening.

Day of the Dune

August 24, new edition of the Feast of the Dune. This event, which takes place during the day, brings together Ondrais and tourists every year to raise awareness of the protection of the natural heritage represented by the dune ridge. Through many activities that are creative, cultural and sporting, but also through meetings and exchanges, this big party will be closed by a firework shot on the beach, the highlight of this season summer.

Full of sports activities

All summer long, stock up on the many free sports activities offered by the Ondres Municipal Sports Office. On the beach or City Stadium, come and participate and have fun alone, with friends or family.

  • at the beach on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2.30 pm to 7 pm: volleyball, rugby flag, football, spikeball, disc golf, möllky
  • at City Stadium: Tuesdays afternoons from 2.30 pm to 7 pm: football, basketball, petanque, disc golf, hockey and tennis ball
  • Monday to Friday evenings: football, basketball, petanque, disc golf, hockey and tennis ball.
  • at the City Stadium or at the beach on Thursday afternoons from 2.30 pm to 7 pm: free practice and organization of tournaments one Thursday out of two, depending on demand: multisport, children / parents and traditional sports

A proposal for two separate activities is planned for each practice site.

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