A land of tradition and culture, bathed by the Bay of Biscay, the Basque Country stretches from the Ebro to the Adour, over two countries: Spain and France, with the Pyrenees as its natural border. On the French side, from Hendaye to the Adour estuary, from Mauléon to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Guéthary or Biarritz, the geological structure offers a real diversity of wild landscapes where there is no shortage of sporting activities. Not a village without a pediment for its pelota, not a hill without a hiking trail or a golf course, not a beach without its surfers or scuba diving clubs, not a sports field without rugby clubs, tennis... The Basque Country is full of sports activities and points of interest where heritage enhancement is a religion. Not a village, not a city where the authenticity of hearts and souls is not the signature, where the spirit of celebration sweeps through (800 days of celebrations per year, it is said!). Wealth also with this world-renowned gastronomy! Its hams, raw milk sheep's milk cheeses, chilli, Basque cakes and other macaroons, chocolates, the ancestral know-how is no longer to be "made to know"! A tourist guide on the Basque Country will mirror and amplify the tremendous abundance of nuggets and local initiatives. In the Basque Country, a tourist stay is not just a break but a real immersion in a captivating country where everyone will find something to suit them.

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When to go to au Pays Basque?

When to go to the Basque Country? Given the diversity of climates and landscapes in the region, the period of time is chosen according to the activities. Snow sliding lovers will prefer the months of January to March, those who like water sliding will rather come from May to September even if some surfers are present all year round. The best period is still the high season for all types of tourism, but it rains in the Basque Country in summer, which can cool the temperature. If it rains, you can always take refuge in bars or tea rooms to drink hot chocolate. In the Basque Country, there are many demonstrations. The most famous are the Bayonne festivals, which start the first weekend of August and end the following Sunday, and the Espelette chilli pepper festival, which takes place at the end of October. Even if some would like them to disappear, the big prizes still exist. Spotlight on Biarritz on July 14 and August 15 with pyrotechnic shows and a bodega village.

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Espelette, un village basque haut en couleur et en saveurs

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