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By: Melanie Mauro

INTRODUCTIONS

If you are a surf expert, then you might already have heard of the birthplace of surfing in Europe. Otherwise, let me give you a taste of what awaits if you have the opportunity to visit the Basque country, in France.

30 km of coastline that concentrates all the sensations of the best waves of the world. 

Sounds exciting ? 

The configuration of the Basque Coast is made in such a way that no matter the direction of the wind, the size of the swell, the tide or the time of the year, there is always a surfing sport working… you just have to find them. And that's why I'm here, to guide you!

Anglet

The coastline of Anglet is composed of 11 beaches, extends over 4.5 kilometers and has around 10 surf spots on its own. A coastal and pedestrian promenade runs all along the beaches.

You'll find plenty of surf shops for your gear and some bars breathing the surf culture for post-session drinks.

To name a few, The Cavaliers beach is famous for its barrels and the power of its waves, La Barre is surrounded by breakwaters and conditions need to be moderate to heavy swell for the waves to start breaking with any power. The Chambre d’Amour beach is the southernmost spot of Anglet and the waves are often smaller and therefore more appreciated by beginners.

Spots: La Barre, Cavaliers, the Ocean, the Dunes, Madrague and Petite Madrague, Marinella, Corsaires, Sables d’Or, Club, Chambre d’amour.

Biarritz

In the heart of the Basque country, between ocean and cliffs, Biarritz has become a destination of choice for all the surfing lovers. More than a sport, surfing is a way of life. From the sea, you can admire the basque architecture, the spanish coast and the mountains.

La Côte des Basques is the most famous surf spot of the city. Like all beach breaks, the sandbanks move and the spot is constantly changing. Be careful to always surf at low tide because at high tide, the waves are breaking on the rocks and the exit can be complicated!

After your session, have a drink at “Etxola bibi”, a bar overlooking the sea and offering one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen!

Spots: Grande Plage, Côte des Basques, Marbella, Miramar, Midaly.

Bidart

Less than 10 minutes driving from Biarritz, you will discover the beautiful city of Bidart. Between ocean and mountains, Bidart has preserved its wildness and family atmosphere. The beach of Bidart Centre offers some left and right peaks with very good waves if you arrive while the tide goes up.

Uhabia is right next door and is also a nice beach with enough peaks to handle the crowds.

Spots: Uhabia, Erretegia, Bidart Centre, Ilbartiz, Pavillon Royal.

Guethary

This quaint little town is a home for reef waves, a place for longboard, shortboard and thrill seekers.

Cenitz offers a selection of waves that break on a rocky bottom and can only really be surfed at high tide and Parlementia allows experts to have fun in times of heavy swell.

Spots: Alçyons, Parlementia, Cenitz.

Saint-Jean-De-Luz

Surrounded by three groynes, Saint Jean de Luz is a harbour city appreciated by all.

The city holds two must-see spots: Erromardie for the the length of the waves and Lafitenia will delight the most experienced ones.

Spots : Sainte-barbe, Mayarco, Erromardie, Lafitenia.

Hendaye

With its 3 kilometers of beach, it is the very last beach before the Spanish border. Hendaye is a paradise for beginners. It has a large bay with countless different peaks wich allows everyone to appreciate their session.

Indeed, its north orientation and its sandy bottom offers smaller and more accessible waves.

Urrugne

Finally, if you are a pro, you might have the chance to surf the giant wave called Belharra, off the coast of Urrugne. Consired as one of the biggest waves in the world, it can reach 8 to 15 meters.

Depending on some exceptional weather conditions, professional surfers from around the world come to face the giant wave Belharra in town-in.

From mythical spots such as the Côte des Basques in Biarritz which welcomed the first surfers, the Barre in Anglet where international competitions took place, Belharra in Urrugne which is in the list of the biggest waves of the world... you got it, the Basque country is a paradise for surfers where everyone is able to find the right match for their needs.

So surfers, whether you are beginners or experts, knowing that the Basque Country lives to the rhythm of surfing, all you have to do is put on your swimsuit and get into the water!

The birthplace of surfing in Europe

Melanie


If you are a surf expert, then you might already have heard of the birthplace of surfing in Europe. Otherwise, let me give you a taste of what awaits if you have the opportunity to visit the Basque country, in France.

30 km of coastline that concentrates all the sensations of the best waves of the world. 

Sounds exciting ? 

The configuration of the Basque Coast is made in such a way that no matter the direction of the wind, the size of the swell, the tide or the time of the year, there is always a surfing sport working… you just have to find them. And that's why I'm here, to guide you!

Anglet

The coastline of Anglet is composed of 11 beaches, extends over 4.5 kilometers and has around 10 surf spots on its own. A coastal and pedestrian promenade runs all along the beaches.

You'll find plenty of surf shops for your gear and some bars breathing the surf culture for post-session drinks.

To name a few, The Cavaliers beach is famous for its barrels and the power of its waves, La Barre is surrounded by breakwaters and conditions need to be moderate to heavy swell for the waves to start breaking with any power. The Chambre d’Amour beach is the southernmost spot of Anglet and the waves are often smaller and therefore more appreciated by beginners.

Spots: La Barre, Cavaliers, the Ocean, the Dunes, Madrague and Petite Madrague, Marinella, Corsaires, Sables d’Or, Club, Chambre d’amour.


Biarritz

Less than 10 minutes driving from Biarritz, you will discover the beautiful city of Bidart. Between ocean and mountains, Bidart has preserved its wildness and family atmosphere. The beach of Bidart Centre offers some left and right peaks with very good waves if you arrive while the tide goes up.

Uhabia is right next door and is also a nice beach with enough peaks to handle the crowds.

Spots: Uhabia, Erretegia, Bidart Centre, Ilbartiz, Pavillon Royal.


Bidart

Less than 10 minutes driving from Biarritz, you will discover the beautiful city of Bidart. Between ocean and mountains, Bidart has preserved its wildness and family atmosphere. The beach of Bidart Centre offers some left and right peaks with very good waves if you arrive while the tide goes up.

Uhabia is right next door and is also a nice beach with enough peaks to handle the crowds.

Spots: Uhabia, Erretegia, Bidart Centre, Ilbartiz, Pavillon Royal.

Guethary

This quaint little town is a home for reef waves, a place for longboard, shortboard and thrill seekers.

Cenitz offers a selection of waves that break on a rocky bottom and can only really be surfed at high tide and Parlementia allows experts to have fun in times of heavy swell.

Spots: Alçyons, Parlementia, Cenitz.

Saint-Jean-De-Luz

Surrounded by three groynes, Saint Jean de Luz is a harbour city appreciated by all.

The city holds two must-see spots: Erromardie for the the length of the waves and Lafitenia will delight the most experienced ones.

Spots : Sainte-barbe, Mayarco, Erromardie, Lafitenia.

Hendaye

With its 3 kilometers of beach, it is the very last beach before the Spanish border. Hendaye is a paradise for beginners. It has a large bay with countless different peaks wich allows everyone to appreciate their session.

Indeed, its north orientation and its sandy bottom offers smaller and more accessible waves.

Urrugne

Finally, if you are a pro, you might have the chance to surf the giant wave called Belharra, off the coast of Urrugne. Consired as one of the biggest waves in the world, it can reach 8 to 15 meters.

Depending on some exceptional weather conditions, professional surfers from around the world come to face the giant wave Belharra in town-in.

From mythical spots such as the Côte des Basques in Biarritz which welcomed the first surfers, the Barre in Anglet where international competitions took place, Belharra in Urrugne which is in the list of the biggest waves of the world... you got it, the Basque country is a paradise for surfers where everyone is able to find the right match for their needs.

So surfers, whether you are beginners or experts, knowing that the Basque Country lives to the rhythm of surfing, all you have to do is put on your swimsuit and get into the water!