Luxury holidays in French Basque Country
Slow days passed chasing – or riding – the waves are a sign that summer is in full swing in the French Basque Country, where Belle Époque Biarritz and humbler – though equally charming – traditional towns sit along the sunny southwestern border. A youth-driven boom may have revived the region’s historic hotspots, but locals have ensured that spirited Basque culture lives on in thriving food scenes, artful architecture and gentle games of pelota. Laze away afternoons on sequestered sands, or don the wetsuits and ride the Bay of Biscay’s famed waves.
When to go
You’ll have the best weather between June and September, when temperatures average 25°C. If your trip happens to fall in July, be sure to visit Bayonne for its annual Basque Festival.