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Holidays to the Basque Coast

France’s Basque Coast faces the Atlantic Ocean and is home to the greatly contrasting Bayonne, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye.

With a strong culture, way of life and identity, the Basque Coast is brimming with natural, historical and gastronomical treasures waiting to be discovered.

Bayonne, to the north of the coast, is famous for its festivals. Thousands of festival-goers dressed in red and white head there each summer to enjoy five days of celebrations, including bull fighting, bull running, parades, traditional bands, concerts and fireworks. Outside the holiday season, Bayonne is a small and pleasant town and a great place to live. Petit Bayonne, located between the Adour and Nive rivers, is a popular place to take a stroll and enjoy a coffee.

Anglet is sandwiched between its two neighbours, Bayonne and Biarritz. Its eleven beaches have earned it the nickname “Little California”. It is an ideal spot for surfing, and hosts many popular competitions. One of the best-known beaches is the so-called “Lovers’ Bedroom” beach. Legend says that two cursed lovers were surprised by the rising tide and drowned in the cave on the beach. Today, a plaque stands in front of the cave, telling this tale.

Formerly a fishing village, modern Biarritz is an eclectic mix of Basque, Belle Époque and Art Deco architecture, making it a charming and highly unusual city. It is an ideal destination for a romantic weekend getaway or for relaxing with the family. The city’s iconic symbol, the Rock of the Virgin, is not to be missed. If you don’t have time to enjoy the Grand Plage, head to the casino or visit the sea museum, where you can find sharks, sea lions and other marine animals.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a pretty fishing town and former privateers’ town. The charming narrow streets of the city centre are filled with chic boutiques nestled in typically Basque buildings with white and red façades. The Grand Plage is ideal for families and swimmers as the waves are not strong. If you enjoy surfing, ride the rollers at Lafiténia or Cénitz beaches. For foodies, the daily market is the perfect place to fill your basket with traditional local produce (Espelette pepper, hake, Basque cakes and many other delights).

Hendaye is the last coastal town before Spain. As with all the towns on the Basque coast, visitors can enjoy the beach and waves or go hiking. While in Hendaye, why not cross the border for a taste of Spanish Basque Country and spend a day in beautiful San Sebastian? You won’t be disappointed!

Beaches, surfing, Basque pelota, traditions and delicious cuisine are what you can expect during your holiday on the Basque Coast, one of France’s most beautiful regions. The area is easily accessible by getting a ferry to Bilbao in neighbouring Spain and driving east. Alternatively, you can fly into Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport, Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport or Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport from a range of UK airports and hire a car to get around.


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Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz £111
Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz

Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz

11 avenue Edouard VII, Biarritz
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 186 reviews
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    Located in Biarritz City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Biarritz City Hall, Grand Beach and Casino Barriere. Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Biarritz Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

    Premiere Classe Bayonne £30
    Premiere Classe Bayonne

    Premiere Classe Bayonne

    ZAC De Saint-Frederic, Bayonne
       
      3.1
      of 5, from 216 reviews
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      Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from L’Atelier du Chocolat and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Musee Basque. Paroisse Notre-Dame de l'Assomption - Bayonne Centre and Church of Saint-Andre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Baya Hotel & Spa £109
      Baya Hotel & Spa

      Baya Hotel & Spa

      85 Avenue du Maréchal de Lattre, Capbreton
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 303 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Offering direct access to the beach, this Capbreton hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino of Capbreton and Capbreton Pier. Capbreton Bunkers and Office de Tourisme Intercommunal Agence de Capbreton are also within 15 minutes.

        Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery by Sofitel £149
        Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery by Sofitel

        Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery by Sofitel

        52 Avenue De l'Impératrice, Biarritz
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 100 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Biarritz hotel is next to a golf course and within a 5-minute walk of Biarritz Lighthouse and Anglet Beach. Grand Beach and Casino Barriere are also within 15 minutes.

          Premiere Classe Biarritz £29
          Premiere Classe Biarritz

          Premiere Classe Biarritz

          41 rue Chapelet, Biarritz
             
            2.8
            of 5, from 261 reviews
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            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Halle D'Iraty, Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Casino Barriere. Grand Beach and Cote des Basques are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Hôtel St-Julien £123
            Hôtel St-Julien

            Hôtel St-Julien

            20 Avenue Carnot, Biarritz
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 91 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Biarritz City Centre, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mazon Park, Grand Beach, and Casino Barriere. Biarritz Aquarium and Cote des Basques are also within 10 minutes.

              Novotel Resort & Spa Biarritz Anglet £72
              Novotel Resort & Spa Biarritz Anglet

              Novotel Resort & Spa Biarritz Anglet

              68 Avenue d'Espagne, Anglet
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 285 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Anglet hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Stade d'Aguilera, Lac Marion and Halle D'Iraty. Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Casino Barriere are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Hôtel Villa Koegui £99
                Hôtel Villa Koegui

                Hôtel Villa Koegui

                7 Rue de Gascogne, Biarritz
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 96 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Biarritz hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Gare du Midi, Casino Barriere and Grand Beach. Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Biarritz Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

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