Come stay in the leafy setting of the small Basque town Cambo-les-Bains. Cambo-les-Bains, the spa resort on the River Nive in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department (64) reveals all the facets of the Basque Country. Cambo-les-Bains lies 20kms from the coast, at the foot of the Pyrenees and a stone’s throw from the Spanish border. An ideal location for an original holiday to the beat of local life.
In this land of tradition, meet local producers and discover the region’s crafts. Visit the Puyodebat chocolate factory and museum and journey to a world of delicious delights and childhood memories. In just over an hour, you’ll discover everything there is to know about the history and production of chocolate, from the import of cocoa beans to the final product before your eyes. The adjacent museum houses an amazing collection of vintage objects, and the gift shop is a fun world of sweet treats!
If you’re a fan of regional gastronomy, make sure you sample Espelette peppers, the red gold of the Basque Country and a local alternative to pepper in any dish. Visit the Atelier du Piment à Espelette red pepper workshop. Follow the trail through a field of peppers to end your visit with a generous tasting session.
Edmond Rostand, the author of Cyrano de Bergerac, is undoubtedly the most famous person to have lived in Cambo-les-Bains. He built the superb Villa Arnaga between 1903 and 1906, which presently houses the Edmond Rostand Museum and its original collection of objects and art works evoking the life and family of the famous writer. This exceptional home is renowned for the beauty of its gardens, one of Cambo’s treasures. The Jardins d’Arnaga, a listed Outstanding Garden, covers some 15ha and boasts a French-style garden complete with ponds, water mirrors and a pergola, in addition to an English-style garden with mineral lines against a green backdrop.
Are you longing for nature and the great outdoors? Join one of the guided hiking tours organised by the town. Patxi will take you to one of the best spots to contemplate sunset in the Basque countryside with a host of encounters with local fauna along the way, such as sheep, pottok ponies, betisoak and birds of prey…or if you prefer, Patxi can take you on the Vulture Trail. Meet the king of mountain birds, and get a close up view of its nest through your binoculars!
Take the time on your outdoor holiday to explore villages by electric bike. The rolling hills of the inner Basque Country are accessible to even the most occasional cyclist. Take the time on your outdoor holiday to explore villages by electric bike with Basko Vélo. Without being a great sportsman, you can easily walk the hilly roads of the interior Basque Country.
Along the way, discover the typical district of Bas-Cambo and its traditional Basque labourdine houses, Halsou and its magnificent listed church, Larressore and the renowned ‘Makhila’ production workshop, Itxassou and the canyons of Pas de Roland, and not forgetting some delicious stop-offs with local producers.
For accommodation in Cambo-les-Bains, take a look at our selection of houses, flats, guesthouses and chalets, ideally located and suitable for families.
TO GET EVEN MORE OUT OF YOUR HOLIDAY:
- The Cambo-les-Bains spa centre, with its Art Deco style, specialises in rheumatology and respiratory conditions and offers spa packages for relaxing wellness stays open to all.
- A must-see: Saint Laurent church, built in the 15th century and a listed Historical Monument. The site offers an exceptional view of the Nive valley and the picturesque district of Bas-Cambo.
- The Vulture Trail, guided hiking tour. Accessible from 7 years and over – Distance: 5km, +250m elevation / Sunset guided tour: 7 years and over – Distance: 6km, +200m elevation. Booking via the Cambo-les-Bains Tourist Office.
- Terra Aventura “Aux Cîmes de la Bergerie” treasure hunt in Cambo-les-Bains: A sure hit with kids, this geo-caching activity will immerse you in a treasure hunt based on the natural and historical heritage of the site, leading to the Colline de la Bergerie, a listed Sensitive Natural Area.
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Do you enjoy cycling but are less a fan of uphill pedalling? We have the perfect solution for you! With an electric bike, cyclists of any level can take to the road.
South of Bayonne, Cambo-les-Bains has been home to a number of famous figures, including the author of Cyrano de Bergerac. Edmond Rostand built the house of his dreams here, a villa inspired by Basque farmhouses.