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Biarritz and the Basque Country: what to do, what to see...

A must-see: Basta Rock in Biarritz
This region of South-Western France has everything it takes to get your heart racing, from legendary beaches that attract surfers from around the world, to mountain villages. This subtle blend of contemporary style and authentic Basque tradition promises an amazing experience. There's nothing like it! Welcome to the Basque Country.
WHAT TO SEE

• The Biarritz coast at Hendaye
• The medieval city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
• The Aldudes Valley
• Hendaye beach
• The village of Espelette
• Bayonne city centre
• Guéthary
• The city of Biarritz and its legendary beach
• Saint-Jean-de-Luz
• Cambo-les-Bains and its spas

WHAT TO DO

• Perfect your swing at one of the many golf courses
• Take the cog railway to the summit of La Rhune
• Learn traditional Basque dancing 
• Venture into the Forest of Iraty
• Ride a surfboard to tame the waves at Hossegor
• Soak up the atmosphere at a Basque pelota match
• Do nothing more than build sand castles at Anglet, with its 11 beaches
• Play the Empress Eugénie at the Hôtel du Palais
• Take in the view from the Pau funicular railway
• Drink to life at the fishing port at Biarritz

WHAT TO EAT

• Bayonne ham
• Espelette peppers
• Axoa de veau
• Basque Gâteau
• Ttoro, Basque fish soup
• Mouchous, the local take on macarons
• Piperade
• Small squid
• Codfish piquillos
• Basque chicken

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Authentic Basque linen with its traditional 7 stripes
• Bayonne chocolate
• A pair of espadrilles
• A traditional makhila walking stick
• Leather goods from Maison Laffargue
• Tximitxurri spices
• A Basque knife from the Couteliers Basques workshop in Bidart
• Original Basque crockery 
• A Fêtes de Bayonne red beret
• Hasparren craft beer from Bob’s Beer

Getting to Biarritz