Welcome to French Basque Country

The region's biggest town is the glitzy beach resort of Biarritz, famous for its sweeping oceanfront and thriving surf scene. Nearby Bayonne is considered the true heart of the Basque Country, and hosts a major Basque festival every July. Along the coast you'll find surf towns and fishing ports, while sleepy hilltop villages nestle among the hills towards the Spanish border.

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French Basque Country activities

$518.12 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Biarritz and French Basque Coast from San Sebastian

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: La Corniche Basque d'Urrugne, Urrugne, Basque Country, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-AquitaineIt is a beautiful road on the cliffs of the French coast. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Port de Saint-jean-de-Luz., Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Basque Country, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-AquitaineIt is a coastal village located in the middle of a large bay. It is a place with a lot of charm and a good example of French Basque architecture.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Le Port de Guethary, Guethary, Basque Country, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-AquitaineIt is a small fishing village located right on the sea. The views of the coast are fantastic from here. It is an obligatory stop to drink a glass of wine and enjoy the views.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Phare de Biarritz, Biarritz, Basque Country, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-AquitaineIt is a beautiful village located in front of the sea. During the XIX and part of the XX century was a tourist destination of the European aristocracy. Its most outstanding features are: beautiful 19th century palaces, luxury shops, cafes and incredible views of the entire Basque coast. Duration: 3 hours

$52.05 Tours & Sightseeing

Walking Historical Tour of Biarritz

A prime destination forever branded by the passage of Napoleon III and the famous Eugenie, Biarritz has always been one of France’s most welcoming towns. A century ago, thanks to the Empress Eugenie, the little whaling town became a fashionable summer resort that, through the years, has stayed open to the outside world without ever losing its identity.From the blue domed Russian Orthodox Church, constructed in the 19th century for visiting Russian aristocrats, to the St. Eugenie’s Church by the old harbour discover the city’s landmarks, which capture the architectural metamorphosis at the turn of the 20th century. This private guided tour will also take you to the most beautiful sights of the “Pearl of the Basque coast” like the Virgin Rock where you can see the whole Basque coast and Spain in the distance. To finish we’ll stop at the Food market for a cup of coffee to really appreciate its particular atmosphere.

$74.86 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Biarritz Local Market Guided Visit with Tasting

You’ll make your way around from stall to stall enjoying delicious foie gras, fresh oysters and seafood, specialty cured ham from Bayonne, local cheese and wines, coffee and Basque cake. This guided lunch tour will introduce you to the hot spots of the market that you’ll surely want to hit again during your stay.

$115.14 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Basque Cooking Class in Biarritz

Enjoy 90 minutes hands on cooking experience in our brand new fully equipped kitchen with the chef. Participate at your own rhythm and then sit and enjoy the delicious 3 course meal you've helped to create. Local wines are happily included.

$40.30 Water Sports

2 Hour Surf Lesson in Hossegor

Option for a morning or afternoon surf lesson. We offer a larger selection of surfboard onsite. The sandy beach is a safe learning environment for both adults and children. Restaurant located on the beach. The 2-hour surf lesson comes with a personal instructor, as a result classes are limited to no more than 8 people. Our surf instructors have all the diplomas required by the French state, French Surfing Federation as well as an International Surf Diploma (International Surfing Association-ISA) and are qualified lifesavers (BNSSA).

$149.64 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dinner at a local s home in Biarritz

Take a break from being a tourist and become one with the Basque culture. Come dine at Philibert’s house. Philibert, a chef by trade, will open his home to you and treat you to some of the Basque Countries most delicious and traditional meals. A three course meal, using seasonal and local products will be served and paired with the perfect wine. Philibert's home is situated over the beautiful “Cotes des Basques” beach in Biarritz and is only a short stroll from the town centre and also an easy location to arrive by Taxi. Philibert has a wealth of knowledge on both French and the Basque cuisine and culture and will surely provide you with some good laughs and entertainment over your dinner.