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In Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques quite simply offers the best of the marriage between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic Ocean.
Between summits and oceans, from the Basque Country to Béarn, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques is a land of discovery and exceptional experiences. An ideal place for holidays with family or friends.
The essentials of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department
During your holidays in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, discover surfing in Biarritz, before going along the wild Basque coast by car or by bike. Anglet, Bidart, Guétary, Saint-Jean-de-Luz await you there ... Then set off to discover the Inland Basque Country and its villages. Espelette will give you a wonderful postcard of Basque culture and traditions. Do not miss the Isturitz and Oxocelhaya caves. Then continue your journey towards Béarn, and its mysterious valleys and circuses. Finally, let yourself be introduced to the captivating aromas of the Jurançon vineyard, in moderation of course.
Remarkable natural sites
The Pyrénées-Atlantiques have a number of remarkable natural sites. The coastline of course and its must-see Talaia trail…But also the Ossau valley and its sumptuous lakes, the Aubisque pass, Kakuetta Gorge or even the impressive Cirque de Lescun. Suspended 180 meters, the Holzarte footbridge offers a spectacular panorama of the Olhadubi gorges.
When we think of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, surfing and hiking come naturally to mind. The mythical beaches and the emblematic hiking trails are unmissable. But you will also find magnificent golf courses with sea view, and many sites to practice the outdoor sport of your choice. It's simple everything is possible here. And in winter, the ski areas of Artouste, Gourette and La Pierre Saint-Martin await you for hours of skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
During your stay in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, let yourself be seduced by the heritage. Biarritz, Bayonne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port offer a journey through time. You will contemplate respectively the Rock of the Virgin, the Sainte-Marie Cathedral, the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church and the ramparts on the pilgrim route.