Sandwiched between land and sea, the Basque country offers the rich landscape of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains of the Pyrenees as well as a unique culture and heritage. Here mountains and the sea coexist in the same landscape in a unique combination that permits you to enjoy mountain pursuits in the morning yet be frolicking on the beach in the afternoon. Explore the villages inland to discover nature in all its bounty. Pure delight for hikers!
Pop over to Espelette to see red peppers strewn from balconies and on the fronts of houses and dodge herds of sheep. Climb the 905 metres to the top of La Rhune or hop on the little 90 year old train there instead. See pottoks (wild Basque horses) and enjoy wonderful 360° views framed by the sea in the background.
Gourmets will love the delicious local specialities offered by the many famous restaurants along the coast. Down by the sea, fresh fish a la plancha rules the roost. Bayonne awaits visitors with open arms even after the Bayonne festival in early August with its bustling atmosphere and buzzing bars all year round. Come and enjoy Bayonne’s famous ham, tapas and selection of chocolate desserts by the river Nive. Head for the sea to stroll through some fascinating little seaside resorts. Rocky beaches, cute little bays, wild coves – every beach in the Basque country is unique. Enjoy the architecture in Biarritz, Villa Belza, the Rock of the Virgin, the Lighthouse, Casino, Grand Hotel and visit the Museum of the Sea. Take snapshots of the little fishing ports of Guethary and Saint-Jean de Luz and remember to take a box of the ever popular macaroons from Maison Adam home with you. Then head south towards Spain along the esplanade road that skirts the cliffs to Hendaye for one of the most scenic views in the region. Wind up your experience by taking advantage of your proximity to Spain with a spot of shopping at the border town of Irun and visit the beautiful town of San Sebastian.