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 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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Escapade maritime à moto le long de la côte basque

With the warm weather coming back, people are starting to feel the urge to take to the sea. For motorcycle road trip enthusiasts, and especially for those who like to ride close to the ocean, a motorcycle trip along the Basque coast is an ideal route. You can stop in the emblematic towns of the Basque Country as well as in villages with authentic architecture. Between two journeys, you can discover a gastronomy rich in flavours, a beautiful ...

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Les meilleures idées de week-ends et de balades lors des jours fériés

Public holidays are a great opportunity to get away for three days or more if you decide to take a day or two off work. They are especially popular in the spring and summer when the sun shines brightly and the temperatures cool down. For those who wish to take a break and get some fresh air, you should take advantage of the holidays to escape and discover the corners of France that you have not yet visited. You'll see, it's good for you and ...

Espelette, un village basque haut en couleur et en saveurs

Espelette is indeed a village full of colour and flavour, with superb façades, crumbling with strings of red chilli peppers. It must be said that the village has acquired a worldwide reputation for its chilli peppers, its famous "red gold". If the Pepper Festival which takes place every year at the end of October will not take place this year because of the health crisis, we should not miss the opportunity to discover this small typical and ...

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