• The Basque Coast and the Basque Country
  • The Basque Coast and the Basque Country
  • The Basque Coast and the Basque Country
  • The Basque Coast and the Basque Country
  • The Basque Coast and the Basque Country
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The region
Welcome to the beautiful Basque Coast!

From the River Bidassoa on the French-Spanish border, the fabulous Basque coast offers peaceful sandy bays to the south and exciting surfing beaches to the north. Adjacent to the Spanish border, magnificent Hendaye Plage is ideal for all the family. To the north of this huge white-sand beach, you can see the "Pointe de Ste-Anne" and "Les Jumeaux", the famous twin rocks at Sokoburu.

Travelling north along the picturesque coast road, you next come to the gorgeous bay of St-Jean-de-Luz, which extends from the Fort de Socoa on the southern side of the bay, through the historic towns of Ciboure and St-Jean-de-Luz, up to the delightful Ste-Barbe area on the northern side of the bay.

The lively Basque village of Ciboure has numerous cultural and sporting activities on offer, including water sports at Socoa beach and Larraldenia, golf and pelote, as well as guided walks, Basque folklore and restaurants. Ciboure's narrow streets lead up to the peaceful hillside area of Bordagain where you can enjoy stunning views of the sea...

The town of St-Jean-de-Luz, famous for its corsairs and for hosting the marriage of Louis XIV, is also known for its beautiful beach, historic town centre and lively harbour.

This traditional coastal resort is perfect for tourists hoping to discover the region's local traditions, gastronomy and folklore. St-Jean-de-Luz also has a golf course, sports centres and a thalassotherapy.

Further north are the village-based resorts of Bidart and Guéthary, with their traditional red and white houses. From the mountains to the sea, the surrounding countryside is a delight.
Situated between St-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz, these two neighbouring villages have seven sandy beaches between them, all with lifeguards – and quite often at low tide, you can safely go from one beach to another along the shoreline.

The marked coastal footpath passes through both villages making them ideal holiday bases for walkers.

There's also Guéthary harbour, which was once famous for its whaling. And to avoid the holiday traffic jams, catch the train at Guéthary station to travel north to Biarritz and Bayonne, or south to St-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye...

Throughout the holiday season, numerous fêtes and entertainments are organised for holidaymakers. Celebrate the local culture with Basque dancing and singing, or watch the traditional sports of pelote, surf and Force Basque. Bidart even has a small cinema.

Our famous Atlantic waves guarantee fun for everyone! Young families will undoubtedly prefer the calmer waves at low tide, but you won't have to wait long for more exciting waves to return for those who prefer bodyboarding and surfing!

All along the Basque coast, every town has a range of friendly shops and services for visitors, from supermarkets and traditional markets, to chemist shops, doctors' surgeries and dental practices...

We look forward to welcoming you for your dream holiday on our beautiful Basque coast!
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