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What to do in the Basque Country?

Take a breath of fresh air during your stay at our campsite in Bidart. Located a few hundred meters from the beach of Bidart, our establishment welcomes you for a restful and relaxing stay in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques.
With your family or friends, come and enjoy the location of Erreka in an exceptional site to spend unforgettable weekends and vacations between sea and mountain.

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Discover the culture and heritage of the Basque Country

Between the idyllic landscapes of the rocky coast and the picturesque villages of its hinterland, the Basque Country invites you to discover a natural and cultural heritage of great wealth.
Ancient whaling ports and trendy surf spots alternate on the coast with the historic cities of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Bayonne.
The elegant architecture of the imperial resorts by the ocean contrasts with the typical Labourdine houses of the inland Basque villages.
In a green and hilly landscape, dotted with imposing white houses with red shutters and half-timbering, discover a region with a strong identity and a true nation.
In terms of gastronomy, the Espelette pepper will enhance the chocolate, another age-old local specialty.
Ewe’s milk cheeses, hams and typical dishes such as axoa can be tasted at the tables of traditional cider houses or at the numerous village festivals. Each of them has its own fronton where the national sport of pelota is played.
For lovers of Basque gastronomy, discover also La Table des Frères Ibarboure in Bidart.

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Sport and activities in the Basque Country (64)

A land of strong identity, whose culture and traditions are the pride of its inhabitants, the Basque Country has its own national sport with the Basque pelota: played with bare hands, with a paleta or a chistera, it is an essential part of Basque culture and is the subject of major sporting events.
From the Atlantic coast to the foothills of the Pyrenees, every village, even the smallest, has its own fronton. Most of them also have a covered trinquet.
The Basque Country is also marked by the bullfighting culture: bullfighting games have a central place during the férias. The variety of landscapes in the area, both on the French and Spanish sides, makes the Basque Country a land of outdoor leisure activities with a varied offer: the presence of the ocean and the Pyrenees allows for water sports and mountain sports, such as climbing, paragliding, trekking and hiking.
The waves of the Atlantic Ocean offer some of the most renowned surfing spots in the world. Inland, lakes and rivers are favorite playgrounds for canoeing, rafting and canyoning.

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An exceptional nature

Between the sea and the mountains, the Basque Country is a territory with infinite natural riches and varied landscapes.
On the Atlantic side, the rocky coast offers the most sublime views of the ocean. The Basque coastline, from Ciboure to Hendaye, is a protected natural area whose cliffs and creeks shelter a rich biodiversity. Discover also the famous Basque coastal path.
Exceptional views are also offered by the first peaks of the Pyrenees: don’t miss the climb to the Ibardin pass for a family walk to the Xoldokogaina lake.
The summit of the Rhune is also a must, to be climbed during a magnificent hike or aboard an authentic little cog railway.
Climbing in the Basque Country means coming across small Pottok horses, which live freely in the pastures.
In the hinterland, geological treasures await you, such as the Kakuetta Gorges, which are home to lush vegetation, or the Sare caves with their atypical and magical concretions.

The Inner Basque Country

At the foot of the Pyrenees, the inland Basque Country is a land of traditions with a rich heritage and sublime landscapes.
Just a few steps from the seaside resorts and towns on the coast, it is inland that you can discover the most traditional villages, which are often animated by folk festivals, pelota tournaments and farmers’ markets.
The Northern Basque Country, on the French side, is made up of three provinces that stretch out at the foot of the Pyrenees, from Biarritz and Hendaye in the west to Sainte-Engrâce and Mauléon in the east.
The province of Labourd, known for its typical houses with red shutters, shelters the inescapable villages of Itxassou, Espelette, Ascain, Sare, as well as the thermal station of Cambo-les-Bains and the big lake of Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle.
In Basse-Navarre, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the last stop on the Compostela route before Roncesvalles, or the traditional villages of Irouléguy and Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry await you.
Poussez jusque dans la Soule pour découvrir Mauléon et ses célèbres espadrilles, ainsi que les gorges de Kakuetta à Sainte-Engrâce.

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The Basque Coast

Between typical villages, surf spots, charming seaside towns and sublime panoramas on the ocean, the rocky coast of the Basque Country contrasts by its character and its reliefs with the long coast of the Landes which goes down to Anglet.
Each beach of the Basque coast has as a backdrop the first peaks of the Pyrenees, among which the Three Crowns and the Rhune are easily distinguished.
The waves of the Atlantic Ocean are ideal for surfing: Lafiténia, Parlementia or La Madrague are internationally renowned spots.
The ports of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Ciboure or Hendaye are the starting points for family or sporty sea outings, to discover the coast as far as Biarritz, to meet cetaceans, or to learn about sea fishing.
Visitors to the Basque Country can enjoy a wide range of water sports: sea kayaking, jet-skiing, towed buoys or water skiing can be practiced in the sheltered bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, for example.
The Basque coast conceals caves and wrecks where a rich underwater fauna and flora nest, to be discovered during a first dive.

Tourist guide of the Basque Country