Cities of the
basque Country

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CITIES ON A HUMAN SCALE, TO DISCOVER AT YOUR OWN PACE ON FOOT OR BY BIKE

As you explore the towns of the Basque Country, you can’t help but notice the strong identity this area radiates. The locals strive to preserve their rich traditions, culture and heritage. Discover the best cities to visit during your trip in Biarritz Pays basque.

CITIES ON A HUMAN SCALE, TO DISCOVER AT YOUR OWN PACE ON FOOT OR BY BIKE

As you explore the towns of the Basque Country, you can’t help but notice the strong identity this area radiates. The locals strive to preserve their rich traditions, culture and heritage. Discover the best cities to visit during your trip in Biarritz Pays basque.

This two-facetted town between sea and pine forest is located between Bayonne and Biarritz. You can enjoy all sorts of sports including surfing, golf, treetop adventure trails and cycling; and cultural activities such as the Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain and the Théâtre Quintaou, with the “national stage” label, not forgetting the gigantic flea market!

Bayonne is a real hub of Basque culture. It has everything: architecture, including the traditional timber-framed houses, gastronomy with ham and chocolate, sport with rugby and pelota, traditional dances, festivals, including the famous Fêtes de Bayonne, three museums presenting fine arts, Basque history and natural history, and bullfighting in the arenas!

Around the marketplace, a relaxed urban atmosphere fills the bars and restaurants, spilling out onto the streets. Tapas and traditional dishes can be enjoyed on the terraces.
Take on the waves at one of the four beaches in this seaside city, then walk through the streets to discover a rich variety of architecture.

A food-lover’s town, with a Chocolate Museum and a Gateau Basque festival.
It has a rich heritage, as evident in Villa Arnaga, the former residence of writer Cyrano de Bergerac, which is now a museum. Enjoy peace and simplicity at the heart of this inland town.

Bidart is a charming town with a variety of activities on offer. Laze about on one of the six beaches, take a walk along the Coastal Trail or allow yourself a moment of contemplation from a high lookout point over the sea, the mountains and the sunset. Would you like to learn to play golf? Visit the Ilbarritz International Training Centre.

This town’s location between the sea, the mountains and the Spanish border allows you to combine several different activities in one day: the beach, a walk and an evening of tapas. The picturesque view over the bays from the cliffs is unforgettable. The strata of sedimentary rock in the cliffs are well worth a look.

A charming fishing harbour, a beach sheltered from the waves, a pedestrian town centre with lovely boutiques, botanical gardens on the Archilua cliff, located on the Coastal Trail, and architectural heritage tours. All of this awaits you in this renowned seaside town.