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A French surfer surfing a wave. The surfer is looking where he wants to go, but this might be too late. The wave gets all its colours because of the setting sun. Surfing silhouette and a colourful wave. ©Jop Hermans Photo/iStock

Surfer and a Big Wave

A sandy beach used for surfing on the Atlantic coast in Biarritz, South West France. ©Khrizmo/iStock

Surfing beach in Biarritz

The southern beach of Mimizan Plage. Focus on the stairway in the foreground. A french travel destination and very popular place for family vacation. Wide beach with fine sand. Sunset with dramatic sky on the evening of a spring day (may). Location: Cote d'Argent, Departement Landes, Aquitaine, France. 110 km south of Bordeaux, 110 km north of Bayonne, Biarritz. In the foreground a wooden stairway down from the dunes to the beach (protection for the sensible vegetation of the dunes). ©Tree4Two/iStock

Travel destination: Cote d'Argent, beach of Mimizan Plage with sunset

Biarritz directional sign ©gustavofrazao/iStock

Biarritz sign

Jungfrauenfelsen Biarritz ©andrzej63/iStock

Rocher de la Vierge

Bridge to the Rocher de la Vierge rock in Biarritz, France. Image taken as a long exposure. ©locknloadlabrador/iStock

Bridge to Rocher de la Vierge rock in Biarritz, France

Beach of Capbreton, France ©gael_f/iStock

Beach of Capbreton, France

The french city of Bayonne at night. City Hall on the right. ©MarioGuti/iStock

Bayonne at night

View of a beautiful empty beach in Mimizan, Aquitaine, France, seen from sand dunes. ©caracterdesign/iStock

Beautiful empty beach in Mimizan, Aquitaine, France

Embouchure du canal d'Huchet, plage de Moliets, Landes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France ©ROUSSEL N'DIAYE MARJORIE/iStock

Embouchure canal d'Huchet

Coucher de soleil dans l’océan, ciel nuageux et rosé ©Adeline Cros/iStock

Coucher de soleil dans l’ocean

Summer crowded beach down the Biarritz castle, Biarritz, Aquitaine, Bay of Biscay - France ©gionnixxx/iStock

Crowded beach and seaside castle, Biarritz, France

Pays Basque

Road trip from Biarritz to Biscarosse

5 days of surfing in the Basque Country and Landes

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Boards at the ready! You’re heading off on a special 5-day roadtrip surfing the beaches between Biarritz and Biscarosse. The Atlantic coast is full of beautiful spots to surf. Your tour begins in Biarritz, a pretty Basque town that you can visit before taking on the waves on the beaches of Cavaliers, Capbreton or la Gravière. You’ll head north towards Aquitaine and take on the beaches of Mimizan and Biscarosse.

All you have to do is put on your suit!

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Biarritz Biscarosse

Day 1 - Biarritz - Biarritz

Blooming with hydrangeas, this resort owes its charm to its cliff-side, landscaped walks. From here, you can view all the best spots including the beach of La Côte des Basques, extending to the beaches of Marbella and La Milady, so popular with bodyboarders.
But before facing the legendary surf, visit the city centre, the casino and head to the Rocher de la Vierge via the Eiffel-designed footbridge, before finishing your trek at one of France’s largest aquariums with its Art Deco inspirations.

MyTripTailor tip: To conserve your energy for the ocean, treat yourself to a tour of Biarritz via the small tourist train. Departures are from the Grand Plage and the Rocher de la Vierge every 30 minutes.

  • Distance : 8,8 km
  • Duration : 0h39

Day 2 - Biarritz - Hossegor

On day two, you leave Biarritz for Anglet and its 5kms of fine sand. You can stroll along the 11 beaches that make up the Anglet coastline. Take your choice! There is the beach of la Petite Chambre d’Amour (‘the little house of love’), further on the very quiet beach of la Petite Madrague and finally the beach of Cavaliers, the most famous for its annual surfing competitions. (Watch out for the shore break waves that can be very dangerous!)
Take advantage of being in Anglet by visiting Bayonne: the Cathedral St. Marie, the cobblestone streets of the old town, the chocolatiers of Rue du Port-Neuf (to build your strength) and finishing at the Basque museum.
Visit Capbreton before reaching Hossegor, your evening stopover.

MyTripTailor tip: At the end of the harbour, the wooden pier (the boom) reveals a beautiful view of the coast, the Basque Pyrenees and the Boudigau estuary.

  • Distance : 41 km
  • Duration : 1h23

Day 3 - Hossegor - Leon

You wake in the legendary city of surfing, renowned for its thunderous waves. Before heading off to enjoy your chosen sport at Gravière beach, go and explore the 1920s villas between the ocean and the lake.
If your schedule allows, you should also visit the small village of Vieux-Boucau for a stroll around the Soustons Lake that stretches to the nature reserve of Courant d’Huchet. The two towns of Moliets and Maâ are also worth quick visits.
Leon is your overnight destination.

MyTripTailor tip: The Place des Landes in Hossegor is a party goer’s paradise: Basque bars, bodegas…

  • Distance : 27 km
  • Duration : 0h33

Day 4 - Leon - Mimizan

As soon as you wake in Leon, head to the Lake for a half-day of sports: There are pedaloes, canoes, boats and sailing to enjoy before hopping on your bikes to reach old Boucau, unless you choose to head down the Courant d’Huchet by boat. Just outside Lake Leon, the current breaks between the rushes and the water lilies. The roar of the ocean can be heard even from a distance. Visit the nature reserve whilst you’re in the area.
In the afternoon, head to Mimizan, the first seaside resort created in Landes at the end of the 19th century. Enjoy a couple of hours of surfing before going for dinner al fresco.

MyTripTailor tip: The promenade fleurie along Lake Aureilhan is dotted with many varieties of exotic plants and flowers.

  • Distance : 70 km
  • Duration : 1h28

Day 5 - Mimizan - Biscarosse

As soon as you wake up, make the most of your stay in Mimizan by visiting the Museum-Priory, an excellent introduction to the visit of the bell tower of the 13th century Sainte-Marie church, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Grab your boards to enjoy the waves for a couple of hours before scooting over to the beach at Biscarosse, an ideal coastal area for lovers of big rolling waves. Like any seaside resort, entertainment is centred around the main street where shops, cafes and restaurants can be found. An ideal spot for some sustenance before a visit to the Historical Museum of Hydraviation.

MyTripTailor Tip: Cazaux Lake is a beautiful 5,600 hectare stretch of water dotted with sails and with 5kms of beach between Port-Maguide and Port-Navarosse. An ideal place for all board sports.

  • Distance : 49 km
  • Duration : 1h4

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