There is so much to do in the area but here are few of our favorite spots to check out.
ACTIVITIES & Day trips
Shred the waves in Anglet at the Rainbow Surf School
Soak in the sun with your toes in the sand at our favorite beach, La Madrague (this is our absolute favorite and a total locals beach!) * the restaurant at the top has a takeaway sandwich window and there is very often a guy walking down the beach selling fresh beignets!
Hikes & Funicular rides at La Rhune- gorgeous views of the Pyrenees, Spain and the Ocean.
Spend the day in San Sebastian! There's a gorgeous city beach, beautiful architecture, great shopping and tapas, tapas, tapas!!! (buses leave frequently from Biarritz- schedule & prices available here)
Golf lessons with the best in the region at the Golf D'arcangues. Take the time and drive through the village- it's breathtaking!
The Guggenheim in Bilbao is less than 3 hours from Biarritz and a wonderful day trip.
Espelette, is the town where piment d'espelette (super delicious spice) comes from! They famously dry the peppers on the houses of the village.
Guess who else got married in the Basque Country? Louis XIV He tied the knot in the picturesque basque town St. Jean de Luz.
* On September 4th (sunday night) there is a bullfight in Bayonne. if you're interested in getting tickets- let us know and we can assist.
REStaurants & Bars
This area of France is most well known it's food! You can't go wrong with any of the local dishes but here are a couple of our go-tos.
Arosta, Biarritz- delicious local dishes and traditional french food with gorgeous view of the countryside and the Pyrenées
La Concha, Anglet- if you like great fish and seafood, and don't mind simple decor, this is for you!
Auberge D'achtal, Arcangues- dine on local dishes under Sycamore trees.
Bar Jean, Biarritz- awesome for a quick lunch or drink on the terrace.
La Cucaracha, Bidart- great ambiance and delicious food! (tell them it's your birthday for a festive treat!)
Ostalapia, Ahetz- perfect for steak or fish cooked on the plancha and set in an old farm house with a vineyard in the back.
Kostaldea, Anglet- perfect place to watch the sunset with a glass of rosé.
L'Epi Café, Anglet- brazilian cocktails and snacks on the beach!
Sweet Treats, Local Specialities & Chocolate
There are almost too many to count, but if you have a sweet tooth, you will LOVE these spots.
Bayonne, the town that introduced chocolate to Europe has dozens of chocolatier. Daranatz is a favorite for it's colorful array of chocolate bars!
Cazenave (which is next door to Daranatz in Bayonne) is the place to try a mind blowing chocolat chaud.
Let them eat cake!!! Gateaux Basque (THE local cake!!) & Mouchou from Paries in Biarritz are local specialties and a household favorite.
Henriet Chocolat in Biarritz- try the Rochers- they're great!
Feeling like you need another pastry? stop by Miremont, one of Biarritz's oldest tea parlor from the Belle Epoque!
The markets are such a treat! Full of products, it's definitely a great place to pick up groceries and regional specialties.
Les Halles in Biarritz is an indoor market with everything the basque country specializes in and more! * You can grab a quick lunch from the merchants who serve tapas and small plates.
Bayonne has a lovely market every saturday, so check it out before the wedding!
One of the largest and most beautiful markets of the region is in Peyrehorade. Check it out on Wednesday if you're in town.