Join us on a cultural journey through the Basque French Coast from the sophisticated city of Biarritz, where the essence of ‘Belle Epoque’ mixes up with relaxed mecca for surfers to Hondarribia – the medieval fishing town known as a pearl of Cantabric Coast.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Meet your guide in the morning and embark on a cultural day out to explore the French Basque Coast of Iparralde – one of the most picturesque regions on the Atlantic Coast. On the way to Biarritz, your guide will give you an introduction on the history of the area, and what to expect throughout the day.
In 45 min, you’ll have made it to Biarritz famed for its beaches, therapeutic waters and surf scene. You’ll walk along the shore enjoying brilliant views of the sea to finally reach the impressive 44 meters tall lighthouse built in 1834! From there we will head to Les Halles – a vibrant area of Biarritz and visit the food market. It is a perfect place to observe everyday life with locals having bubbly conversations while shopping for their favorite cheese, charcuterie or boulangerie.
After soaking chic atmosphere of Biarritz we will start the coastal journey towards Guethary passing through Basque villages filled with charming white houses and their green and red shutters. These lush hills, sharp cliffs and mystic beaches will accompany us all the way along to San Sebastian.
Next, we will stop in the village of Guethary to have a look at this surfers favorite spot with hip restaurants, bars and stunning sea views.
In the quiet sea resort of Saint Jean de Luz we will visit Maison Adam, a pastry shop where the world famed macarons were first created in 1660! Not only sweets make this visit memorable but also the thrilling stories of local pirates – Corsairs, named this way after Johannès de Suhigaraychipi who caught more than 100 British, Dutch and Spanish ships!
From Saint Jean de Luz we will continue along one of the most beautiful coastal roads of Basque Country to the Spanish village Hondarribia – a unique space where the ocean, the mountains and the river come together in a fabulous bay. We will stroll down the streets of the fishing neighbourhood learning about modern Basque cuisine and discover the hidden gems of the walled Old Quarter.
Lunch time! There is no better place to satisfy your appetite than Hondarribia. Your guide will recommend different, typical lunch options: from award winning pintxos, through a fixed lunch menu and traditional grill house to 1 Michelin star restaurant.
From Hondarribia we will continue up the Jaizkibel mountain to enjoy the last part of our trip along the coast and finish in our beloved San Sebastian.