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    The Basque Coast of France: St Jean de Luz and Biarritz

    The Basque Coast of France: St Jean de Luz and Biarritz
    Starts from

    Bordeaux

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Activities

    19

    Duration

    2 days

    Length

    263 mi

    Guide details

    Starts from

    Bordeaux

    Transportation

    By Car

    Guidance

    Self-Guided

    Duration

    2 days

    Length

    263 mi

    Natural AttractionsUnusual LocationsActive Leisure
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    Darcy Tuscano

    Darcy Tuscano

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    Highlights

    • Catch a Wave at Europe's First Surf Beach.
    • Learn the Whaling History of Biarritz.
    • Get Up Close with Sea Life at Le Musée de la Mar.
    • Feast on Fresh Seafood and Gâteau Basque Cakes.
    • Stroll the St Jean de Luz Promenade.
    The Basque coast of France is filled with amazing culture, food and beaches.
    On this 2-day road trip, you'll explore two French Basque towns: St Jean de Luz and Biarritz.
    St Jean de Luz, a former sleepy fishing village, is famous for the crescent-shaped beach bay which provides a gorgeous backdrop to the traditional Basque architecture, shopping and fine cuisine.
    Biarritz, a whaling community in days-gone-by, has now firmly established itself on the map as the surfing capital of France, with plenty of other attractions to sample along with exquisite dining options.

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    The Basque coast of France is filled with amazing culture, food and beaches.
    On this 2-day road trip, you'll explore two French Basque towns: St Jean de Luz and Biarritz.
    St Jean de Luz, a former sleepy fishing village, is famous for the crescent-shaped beach bay which provides a gorgeous backdrop to the traditional Basque architecture, shopping and fine cuisine.
    Biarritz, a whaling community in days-gone-by, has now firmly established itself on the map as the surfing capital of France, with plenty of other attractions to sample along with exquisite dining options.
    Darcy Tuscano

    Darcy Tuscano

    Travel Expert

    • Catch a Wave at Europe's First Surf Beach.
    • Learn the Whaling History of Biarritz.
    • Get Up Close with Sea Life at Le Musée de la Mar.
    • Feast on Fresh Seafood and Gâteau Basque Cakes.
    • Stroll the St Jean de Luz Promenade.

    Travel itinerary

    Loving the Light in St Jean de Luz
    11 Activities

    Day 1

    139 mi1 mi

    Loving the Light in St Jean de Luz

    St Jean de Luz is a gem of bygone days with colorful 17th Century Basque houses lining the crescent-shaped bay. This small town used to be one of the most important fishing villages in all of France and that character shines through to this day. However, the real wealth of the town came from pirates! Yes, the riches that made this town so wealthy are the products of 17th Century looting and plundering pirates who targeted France's enemies at sea. Enjoy this relaxed day wandering the vibrant streets in old town St. Jean de Luz, admiring the Basque architecture, shopping, Basque cuisine and the Grand Plage. Later, on the way to Biarritz, you'll visit an old working mill with a bakery that sells the best Gâteau Basque cakes in the region. You're going to love this dessert! You'll finish the day in Biarritz, high on hill, enjoying a drink as you watch the sunset over the Atlantic.
    20:00
    Exploring Beautiful Biarritz
    8 Activities

    Day 2

    124 mi3 mi

    Exploring Beautiful Biarritz

    Biarritz, once a whaling community of fisherman, became a surfer's paradise in the 1960's and the legacy lives on in this beautiful beach town on the French Basque coast. From surf lessons to an Aquarium visit, your stay in Biarritz samples the best of everything the city has to offer. You'll stroll the coastline promenade, admiring the architecture and soaking up the beach vibes. Along the way, there's plenty of time to dine on some of the best French cuisine and sample cocktails and wines. You're going to love this day in Biarrtiz!

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