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

$519.44 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Biarritz and French Basque Coast from San Sebastian

Meet your own private guide and driver at your San Sebastian hotel at 8:30am to begin your driving tour of the French Basque Country. Your first stop after departing San Sebastian is the village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, considered a quintessential Basque seaside town with a lively harbor, narrow streets, and a small beach.Continue along the coast to the town of Ciboure. Take in the views of the town and its surroundings from the historic Fort of Sokoa. In Guéthary, have a drink on a terrace (own expense) overlooking this typical Southern French fishing village perched on the Basque coast.The last stop on your tour is Biarritz, a former fishing village that transformed into a major luxury resort for the French aristocracy during the 19th century. Take a walk along the beach and old harbor, and keep your eye out for emblematic buildings like the Hotel du Palais, the former residence of Maria Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III.Return to your hotel in San Sebastian at around 4:30pm, leaving you plenty of time to rest up for a night out on the town on your own. All food and drinks during the tour are at your own expense.

$51.94 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.

$68.10 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.

$115.43 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.

$40.40 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).

$148.91 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.