Biarritz-Pays Basque is one big sports field hosting an exciting range of outdoor activities.
Golf occupies a crucial place in the Biarritz-Pays Basque lifestyle, with the region boasting no less than 16 courses in a 100km area, from Biarritz to Moliets, St-Jean-de-Luz to Pau. Le Golf du Phare is Europe’s second oldest course created in 1888 by the British visitors in Biarritz. The 3 golf Pass allows you to play on these courses at a discounted rate. Also don’t miss the stunning Ilbarritz Training Center and its four golf schools, surrounded by 26 hectares of green space and breathtaking panoramic ocean views. Biarritz-Pays Basque’s mild climate allows you to play golf all year round.
In Biarritz Pays Basque, each town or village has its 'fronton' and from a young age, boys and girls spontaneously meet to play a few points. Here Basque pelota is a sacred sport where you even count the score in Basque. There are around 20 disciplines, of which three are best-known: hand pelota – the purest; the very elegant chistera (played with a large glove); and the spectacularly athletic cesta punta (played against a wall). It’s a male-dominated sport which needs strength: only two of the disciplines are played by both men and women. This is the fastest ball game in the world. If you fancy trying your hand at the game, there are plenty of opportunities for private introductory courses.
A prime location for boardsports, the Basque coast boasts a dozen or so beaches where surfing is king. People travel from all over the world including Australia, California and Hawaii to catch waves at Cavaliers or Corsaires in Anglet, at the Côte des Basques in Biarritz, Parlementia in Bidart-Guéthary or Lafitenia in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. In summer and winter, pro surfers head out to the waves for a session at isolated or urban spots with, in every case, the added bonus of a view of the mountains thrown in! Whether you want to learn or to improve, surf schools on the Basque Coast offer a wide range of lessons and courses adapted to your age, level and enthusiasm.
Whether you're a seasoned athlete, young adventurer, outdoor enthusiast or just curious… any outdoor sport is possible in Biarritz-Pays Basque.
Leaving the ocean behind, turn towards the Pyrenees and set out to the east on foot along the GR10 trail, or by bike on the mountain pass routes, and you’ll be sure to experience a true adventure. Walking and biking open new doors and lead to unforgettable encounters.
Longing to climb up high? Try a paragliding flight from atop Mount Baïgura.
If it's water you're after, seek out a thrill through the canyons or following the currents of the Nive. In Itxassou and Bidarray, the river Nive is made for rafting and hydrospeed, providing exciting trips downstream.
Find out more from the Biarritz-Pays Basque Tourist Board