• Biarritz

French Basque Country

Straddling two nations on the Atlantic Coast — stretching about 100 miles from Bayonne, France, south to Bilbao, Spain — lies the ancient, free-spirited land of the Basques. The Basque Country is famous for its sunny beaches and scintillating modern architecture...and for its feisty, industrious natives. It's also simply beautiful: Bright white chalet-style homes with deep-red and green shutters scatter across lush, rolling hills; the Pyrenees Mountains soar high above the Atlantic; and surfers and sardines share the waves.

At a Glance

The Basque Country

▲▲ San Sebastián (Spain) Relaxing upscale city with beachfront promenade wrapped around chic shopping neighborhood and tasty tapas bars.

▲▲ Bilbao (Spain) Revitalized regional capital with architectural gem — Guggenheim Bilbao — and atmospheric Old Town.

▲▲ St-Jean-de-Luz (France) Sleepy seaside retreat in the French Pays Basque that serves as home base for countryside exploration.

▲ Guernica (Spain) Village at the heart of Basque culture that was devastated by bombs during the Spanish Civil War — later immortalized by Picasso masterpiece.

▲ Bayonne (France) Urban French scene with a Basque twist, home to impressive cultural museum, scenic ramparts, and lots of ham.

Biarritz (France) Beach resort known for its mix of international glitz and surfer dudes.



  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
  • Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain
  • Bar Interior after Running of Bulls, Pamplona, Spain