Discover the Basque Country, setting out from Biarritz!

  • A Biarritz, la Grande plage le soir du feu d’artifice du 14 juillet. A droite le casino et en arrière plan le Palais Eugénie. Edifié par l’empereur Napoléon III pour son épouse Eugénie en 1854, le bâtiment est depuis la fin du XIXŁme siècle l’un des plus prestigieux palaces de France

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    A Biarritz, la Grande plage le soir du feu d’artifice du 14 juillet. A droite le casino et en arrière plan le Palais Eugénie. Edifié par l’empereur Napoléon III pour son épouse Eugénie en 1854, le bâtiment est depuis la fin du XIXŁme siècle l’un des plus prestigieux palaces de France

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  • Anglet beach

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    Anglet beach

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  • Sur une plage des Sables d’or, à Anglet, moniteurs donnant un cours de surf à un groupe de jeunes filles.

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    Sur une plage des Sables d’or, à Anglet, moniteurs donnant un cours de surf à un groupe de jeunes filles.

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Discover the Basque Country, setting out from Biarritz! biarritz fr


On the programme to be discovered in ANGLET: 11 beaches running alongside 4.5 km of promenade as well as two pine forests.Action and relaxation, with surfing as the focal point, golf, spa, walks, cycling, even amongst the trees! Events: markets, concerts, the Surf Film Festival, beach rugby, street art, night surfing competition, pelota parties and fireworks, to name but a few. Enjoy your holiday out in the open countryside!

Bayonne, the historic capital of chocolate

Chocolate production is an age-old Bayonne tradition. Dark, bitter, with a high cocoa content, chocolate is what has made the town famous for almost four centuries.Initially discovered by the pre-Columbian civilisation, chocolate was brought to Europe by adventurous sailors - many of whom were Basque and who crossed the Atlantic! In the 17th century, it was mainly produced in Bayonne. The Jewish population of the Iberian Peninsula, persecuted during the Inquisition, settled in the Saint-Esprit area, on the right bank of the River Adour. They brought the recipe for producing chocolate to France, and they were the first of the Kingdom's artisans to work with the cocoa bean.Today, the town is still home to seven prominent chocolatiers. As members of a guild, they perpetuate their craft by drawing on the same recipes used two hundred years ago, and by forming, in 1993, an association working to spread the word about chocolate from Bayonne: the Chocolate AcademyTo celebrate this confectionery, each year Bayonne hosts a big event during the Feast of Ascension, the Chocolate Exhibition – on 30 and 31 May 2014."Chocolate Exhibition" Special Offer:

BAYONNE IN CHOCOLATE - 1-night/2-day stay from €110 per personIncludes one night in a 4* hotel with breakfast included, a gourmet dinner and a guided tour focused on the theme of chocolate. 


It was in BIARRITZ in 1957, that surfing made its first appearance, almost by accident, on a beach along the Basque coast.Today "Surf Spirit" is omnipresent, the town lives and breathes surfing: through its boutiques, events, fashion and everyday life. Both summer and winter, the familiar sight of surfers riding the waves forms part of the scenery. Surf has taken root in Biarritz, and is now perfectly at home there.

SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ a bay, a fishing port, a scenic town with a pedestrianised centre, offering a multitude of events.
Located a stone's throw from Spain, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is an authentic town with a particularly rich past. Rising up from the sea, Saint-Jean-de-Luz was a hotspot for whaling. Tuna, sardine, hake and anchovy line fishing is still practised here today. 
The town showcases its heritage through its "Maison de l’Infante" [Infanta's House], "Maison Louis XIV" [Louis XIV House] and its Basque eco-museum, offering a wide range of activities including golf, walks, sea-based activities, Basque pelota, boat trips and fishing excursions. The relaxed lifestyle is enjoyed all year round: walks along the beach, relaxation and treatments at the thalassotherapy spa. Local specialities and delicacies abound: ttoro (a type of fish stew), marmitako (a tuna stew), chipirons (small squid), Basque cake, macaroons and mouchous (Basque-style macaroons), providing a small selection.The many shops in the town centre are open every Sunday all year round, inviting you to take a leisurely stroll around the pedestrianised streets. Every Sunday at 11:00, at Place Louis XIV [Louis XIV Square], a musical spectacle is performed for passers-by who can relax on the terrace to take in the song and dance.With no fewer than six beaches, there is something for everyone: for example, safe swimming for families at Grande Plage or surfing off the beaches of Acotz.Saint-Jean-de-Luz is the ideal place from which to start exploring the Basque Country.

You are sure to appreciate its exceptional, top-notch setting, its proximity to other towns, such as Bayonne, Biarritz and the Basque countryside encompassing Aïnhoa and Sare and other beautiful villages.

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