Coast
No 10

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The Atlantic coast

Heading further west towards the coast is Bayonne, the Basque capital city.  


Over-looking the Rivers Nive and Adour with its 13th century cathedral dominating its centre. Famous for delicious Bayonne Ham and Chocolate with its Ham Fair in March and a Chocolate Festival in May


Stroll along the Nive River separating Grand Bayonne & Petit Bayonne the buildings a mixture of Basque and French architecture,  with colourful shutters.


Both sides of the water are lined with bars and restaurants and make for great places to stop and take in beautiful views of the city.


Biarritz was originally a whaling settlement since the 12th Century. It rose in prominence in 1854 when Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III’, built a palace by the beach. It is now an hotel whose guests have included Queen Victoria, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway.





Today Biarritz  is well known as being a town with exquisitely restored ancient façades not to mention a wealth of good restaurants and designer boutiques.


Take a walk along the Grande Plage to the Light House for views of Spain and  Pyrenees..


Biarritz has a strong surfing culture, which is of world class. standard.


Once the centre for Basque corsairs in the 17th century, Saint Jean de Luz lies on an attractive bay. In the old town you will find many colourful Basque houses. Many from 17th century, when the port was one of the most important for fishing in France.


Be sure to visit Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.  Its plain exterior hides a stunning interior complete with monumental baroque altarpiece from the 17th century. It was the venue for the wedding in 1660 between Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain.

Saint Jean de Luz – Eusko Guide