BIDART

Bidart in the Basque Country

At just 6 kilometres form Biarritz, Bidart has managed to preserve its identity and the charm of a small coastal village. It is the most elevated village on the Basque coast. At nightfall, visit the Sainte-Madeleine chapel. You will find a bench perfect for admiring the surrounding mountains, Jaizkibel, les Trois Couronnes (or the ‘sleeping policeman’ as it is known by locals) and la Rhune, and enjoying the sun setting over the ocean, a sight you will never tire of.


The town stretches across six beaches each with their own, different atmosphere and unique landscape. From north to south: Ilbarritz, Pavillon Royal, Erregia, Centre, Uhabia and Parlementia.

The town square is surrounded by cafés and restaurants, and is the perfect place for lunch or dinner.

You will be right between the town hall, the church, and of course, the fronton. You might be lucky enough to catch a game of pelota (a Basque ball game), an extremely popular sport in the region, which sparks enthusiasm in anyone who watches and tries to follow the rubber ball! Entertainment guaranteed.


On Rue Tarte, there is a wash house which uses water directly from the Plazako Ithurria spring.

Do you play golf? Don’t miss the Ilbarritz golf course. This International Training Centre features a huge circular practice area like no other in Europe. The adjoining course is 9 holes.


Bidart is also the starting point of the Coastal Track which goes to Saint Sebastian in Spain. An easy walk to do with the family.

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.

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.