French Basque Coastal Cities

Known as the first place where surfing took hold in Europe, this North East corner of the Basque Country lies just across the border in France, it offers its own unique charm and Basque heritage, a reputation for stylish resorts, sleepy fishing towns, charming mountain areas and locally made goods that blend both French and Spanish influences.

St-Jean-de-Luz, sits in a small port and gentle bay. Visitors will discover pastry shops that serve Basque specialties, home made artisan goods from linens to local cheeses and store windows proudly displaying berets. A relaxing beach and port town provide the most enjoyable dose of Basque culture in France. The town is also known for a famous wedding celebrated here, the marriage in 1660 of Louis XIV and the Spanish princess Maria Teresa. Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the largest Basque church in France, was the location of the ceremony and remains today, the vast galleried wood interior a mixture of Renaissance style with traditional Basque motifs is a must visit.

Up the coast sits St. Jean’s more glamorous sister city Biarritz, an elegant seaside town on southwestern France’s Basque coast, it has been a popular resort for the well-to-do since the 1800s, visiting dignitaries include European royalty and a mix of award winning surfers. With long sandy beaches, elegant hotels, golf courses and surf schools. Biarritz remains a popular summer get away for many visitors.

Plan a relaxing day exploring the French-side of the Basque culture, we will provide a guide, transport and recommended stops along the way at your groups pace.

Details & Reservation

When: Every Day
Availability: On Request
Duration: Full Day - 8 Hours
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What´s Included: Bilingual local guide
Private transportation to and from your accommodation
Options: It's possible to start/end this tour from a different location * Additional charges apply

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