Biarritz

 

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With a range of surf schools and board hire on all the larger beaches there's no excuse not to get your feet wet and enjoy some of Europe's finest surfing.

 

All beaches are life guarded over the summer. For the less experienced, try Cotes des Basques with plenty of room to let the locals do their thing.

 

See list of schools below:

Surfing

Here are some of the best courses in and around Biarritz:

 

Biarritz - Le Phare  

Up at the top end of town. Great views over the town on the front nine with fairways lined by pines and overlooking the sea.

Seignosse

Recognised as one of the best courses in France. A 45 min drive north of Biarritz but well worth it.

Arcangues

Just out of town set against the backdrop of the Pyrenees. Worth staying for lunch in the rustic clubhouse.

Hossegor

My personal favourite. Set in amongst the woods just inland from the coast. A half hour drive from Biarritz.

Moliets.

Best known for the stretch of three holes out on the soft sandy beach Moliets is well worth visiting. About 45 minute drive from Biarritz.

Makila (Bassusary)

With the Pyrenees in the background; a rolling wooded course with large, fast Greens and water featuring on many holes.

Rugby

Wherever you go in town you'll notice the Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque colours where the locals are fiercely proud of their team.

 

BOPB plays up at the Parc des Sports Aguiléra, about a 10 minute bus ride from the town centre.

 

BOPB were French champions in 2005 and 2006 and runner up in the Heineken Cup in 2006 and 2010.

 

If you enjoy your rugby it's well worth a visit especially for the friday evening games in early autumn.

Skiing

Just over two hours drive gets you to the resorts of La Mongie / Bareges, part of the Grand Tourmalet ski resort in the Haut Pyrenees. While not as extensive as the french alps this can be a great cheaper option for the family, especially for younger kids. 2014/15 ski pass covering both resorts is €40 a day.

Pelote Basque

A highly popular game in the Basque region of south-west France. Take an evening stroll up to Parc Mazon where there is generally a game being played.

It is a fast paced game with a hard leather ball, and often played in teams.