Basque Country Tour
What to visit in Basque Country?
The Basque country with its natural beauty, its climate and an exceptional quality of living, will absolutely seduce any visitor. Ideally situated in South West France, at the foot of the Pyrénées mountains, the northern Basque Country has kept its superb natural environment unspoiled, jealously guarded by its proud inhabitants. The climate, the beaches, boating, surfing, the proximity of the mountains, the golf-courses and the luxury hotels make the Basque Country a privileged area for sporting or leisure. holidays.
Biarritz or San Sebastian give its region a special charm that attract visitors from over the world to live a Belle époque experience. But it is in the hinterland, at the foot of the mountains where you will discover the essence of the Basque Country and its people. The beautiful villages and farms nestling in green valleys reveal a history and culture, unique in the world. The origins of the Basques remain a mystery but they still speak the oldest, living European language. The festivities and local sports attest to a rich and varied folklore and a strong cultural identity.
What are Basque specialities to taste?
In Bayonne you’ll discover not only history and culture of the capital of the French Basque Country, but will savour the very best authentic local cuisine in one of the restaurants in the heart of the old Town.
Also Bayonne is well known for its delicious hot chocolate and is proud to invite you to try it in one of the many shops or tea-rooms.
And do not forget to taste famous Bayonne ham that for the most part owes its reputation to the quality of the local salt that preserves it.
Basque Country landmarks
In Biarritz you’ll walk in the paths of many queens and kings who made from this small Basque Whaling station an internationally renowned seaside resort.
After the “Godmother” of the town – Eugenie, married to Emperor Napoleon III, Biarritz attracted the aristocracy of the “Belle Epoque” (King Edward VII, Queen Victoria, Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia).
In St-Jean-de-Luz, you’ll admire the picturesque fishing port and the beautiful Basque architecture which combine to make a superb site and excellent stopover…
You’ll be enchanted by San Sebastian (or Donostia in Basque) which is situated on one of the most magnificent sites of any European Coastal city. Follow the waterfront from the small fishing port, past the Town Hall (former Casino) and along the delightful promenade which runs along the wide sweep of the superb “Concha” beach.
Basque Country Tour Program
Example of Program (to adapt if necessary, according to your desires and the availability of the restaurants etc.)
Departure from your hotel in Bordeaux (or meeting at your hotel in Basque Country)
Walking tour of the capital of Basque Country Bayonne, visit of the local market and possibly tasting of local ham, cheese and chocolate
Driving to Biarritz, the first sea resort for British, Spanish and Russian aristocracies. Walking tour in the town, possible shopping, etc.
Lunch at a local fish restaurant in the old port of Biarritz
Departure for St-Jean de Luz, former fishing village
Walking tour in the town, shopping, etc.
Departure for San Sebastian, in Spanish Basque Country
Visit of the Monte Igueldo with its outstanding view of the city and the rugged Atlantic Coastline – one of the best vantage points in the Basque Country.
Walking tour in San Sebastian with its famous pinxtos bars.
Option: Dinner at the gourmet restaurant
– Return to your hotel in Bordeaux or to a local hotel
Included: private guide – driver services, transportation by minivan, visits.
This program can be extended to two days (First day: French Basque Country; Second day: Spanish Basque Country).