Each of these three beautiful towns has its own distinct character and offers visitors a different perspective on the North Basque Country. Besides, the impressive Route de la Corniche leading to them is an attraction itself with panoramic views of the cliffs and ocean.

Bayonne, a fortified town

Give  in to the  beauty  of  the quaint   main town of Labourd, located at the confluence of the Nive and Adour Rivers.
It will surprise you at every turn and corner. A charming walk in the old town will take you through a maze of narrow streets lined with colorful half-timbered houses. The food market hall, the picturesque banks of the Nive or the gothic cathedral are worth a stroll too. In addition to this, the pedestrian streets with trendy shops and the fine chocolate specialties will delight serious shoppers and gourmands alike.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, with a letter of marque

This little gem on the Basque coast, once known for being home to corsairs, still retains its seafaring spirit. Take a walk along the beachfront and explore its nooks and crannies. You will not want to leave before tasting the famous macarons (local pastries) as the Sun King did when he married Felipe IV’s daughter in the church of Saint‑Jean‑Baptiste, in 1660. The pretty village of Ziburu, on the other side of the harbour, was the birthplace of the composer Maurice Ravel.

Biarritz, the queen of beaches

Biarritz has enjoyed a reputation for attracting European aristocracy since Empress Eugenia de Montijo made it her favourite destination in the 19th century. We will follow the footsteps of Elizabeth of Austria or Victor Hugo along the promenade of the Grande Plage and the Côte des Basques and will come across eclectic style buildings, magnificent manor houses and little treasures hidden among the rocks, such as the tiny fishing harbour and its lovely crampottes.

Keen to surf? You are in the right place, as the city is a great surfing spot and hosts several competitions throughout the year.