Camping Pays Basque » La Corniche, camp-site on the Basque Coast
Located on the Basque coast, a few kilometres from the camp-site in the Basque Country the commune which forms part of the Basque province of Labourd is boarded on the north-west by Gascogne (and Biscaye) and by the Spanish border to the south. With 9,200 inhabitants, it spans over 5,057 hectares whereas the average surface area of communes within metropolitan France is 1,510.2 hectares. The commune festivals take place at the beginning of September. Ibardin is the closest border area located on a pass, great for a hike, strolling along the lake and finishing up at the top of the « ventas » (small souvenir shops and bars/tapas).
Saint-Jean-de-Luz shares the Bay of Socoa with Ciboure, the only protected bay between Arcachon and Spain. Owing to the dykes protecting it from the force of the Atlantic Ocean, it is popular with bathers and has become a well-known beach resort on the Basque coast. The port of Saint Jean de Luz- Ciboure is typical and holds all the ambience of a Basque port. The beach resort is quite new however the port is ancient, dating back to pre-history. The town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz has seen the recent restoration of the « town centre »: pedestrian only routes around Place Louis XIV, construction of an underground car park, Vinci Park in the town centre and restoration of the covered market forecourt. A cycle route was also established between the fishing port and the Chantaco sports plain. Golf courses, shops, casino, thalassotherapy, restaurant and bar are also available.
Not to be missed: You can begin your visit of the town with a ride on the tourist train where recommendations are offered, for example, you are encouraged to visit the home of Louis the 14th, the magnificent church where the sun king married as an Infante, the Basque ecomuseum, etc.
For fans of gastronomy, do not leave without tasting the specialities of St. Jean: the « ttoro » typically Luzienne fish soup, and the « macarons » biscuits made by M. Adam in 1660 and gifted to Louis the 14th for his wedding; the family has kept this secret for generations.
Surrounded by the communes of Guéthary, Arbonne, Ahetze and Biarritz, this small beach resort is located 5 km to the South-west of Biarritz, and 7 km to the North-west of Saint Jean de Luz, the two largest nearby cities.
In Bidart, you can set off upon the discovery of the local architectural heritage, tempt your taste buds with a visit to Moulin de Bassilour, visit the workshop of an artisan knife maker as well as participating in a whole host of activities (surfing, bodyboarding, golf, tennis, Basque pelote, horse-riding, walking hikes).
Guéthary, a small village (142 hectares), situated between Biarritz-Bidart and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, has officially been a commune since 1633. However, the church dates back to the 16th Century.
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It is also possible to set off upon the discovery of supports which recount the history of the districts at the root of the village:
The port and whale fishermen – The terrace and beach establishments -Haispoure, fishermen’s area -Behereta and ship captains (cruise) -16th Century church, which dominates the village -The square, the village’s historical centre -Costa Aldia, modern centre.
Free guided tour: Your Capucine guide will recount the history of a Basque coastal village and relative areas. Drop in from 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Tourism Office from mid-June to mid-September. Group guided tour available off season upon request at the Tourism Office.
Biarritz is presently a commune with almost 26,000 inhabitants, the population of which is majoritarily elderly. The economy relies upon the tertiary sector, of which, luxury hotels, personal well-being and sea activities are the main areas. Biarritz is built on a chain of hills which run along the coast. The city directly overlooks almost 4 km of coves and fine sand beaches such as Grande Plage, the Basque coast, or the fishing port. Biarritz has a station and airport.
Not to be missed: The sea museum (aquarium), rocher de la vierge, chocolate museum, the ocean city.
Bayonne is located to the south-west of France, on the western border between the Basque Country and Gascogne. The commune forms part of the Basque commune of Labourd. A river crosses the city, Adour which divides Bayonne in two, Grand Bayonne and Petit Bayonne.
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Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the last 550 years, the festival of ham marks the start of the season.
Each year, ever since 1932, the Bayonne festival, for five days, has marked the middle of the summer period in the commune, with the organisation of processions, small cow races, fireworks and Basque-Gasconne traditional music. These festivals are the largest in France in terms of numbers attending.
Bayonne boasts the oldest French bull tradition. A by-law from 1282 regulates the encierro: cows, bullocks and bulls are released into the streets of Petit Bayonne during the summer festivities. The present arenas, established in 1893, are the largest in the South-West and can accommodate more than 10,000. A dozen bull-fights are put on each year, which attract the biggest names within bullfighting.
Bayonne is often associated with the ham boasting the same name. Presently, Bayonne ham is protected with the PGI label. To secure this label, the following main criteria apply: a rather broad selection from the pig breeding area, must be manufactured within the Adour valley, the ham must be salted using dry salt within the Adour basin saltworks; the refinement period must be at least seven months.
Bayonne introduced chocolate to France, imported by the Portuguese Jews targeted by the Inquisition, at the start of the 17th Century. This tradition has been upheld and seven artisans presently continue to produce dark chocolate which is unique in terms of its high cocoa content and bitter taste. The chocolate association, an activist for the promotion of Bayonne chocolate, organises a Gourmand Festival every year at the time of Ascension.
Anglet has 39,300 inhabitants, a calm and relaxing city, which once focused on agriculture and particularly market gardeners, and which now boasts, thanks to its location in the middle of Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz, a rich economic fabric. Amongst local activities, we must include seaside tourism, thalassotherapy, sports (surfing and skiing) and aeronautics.
An initiative of the conurbation authority and the City of Anglet on the Barre, site, the Izadia Ecology Park was designed to protect and restore the site, and envisaged as a place of discovery and educational awareness aimed at the public. It also focuses on numerous scientific works. The site is visited more than 10,000 times a year.
Families, walkers, joggers, cyclists, swimmers and surfers make the most of the Anglet coast all year round, which is exceptional in more than one sense, the Anglet coast spans 4.5 kilometres between beaches, lawn and forest.