Visit Anglet (Aquitaine, France)
Anglet forms part of the Biarritz-Bayonne-Anglet 'conurbation', on the Atlantic Coast in south-west France and running along the Adour River to the north.
The coast is the main attraction, and the beach at Anglet is pretty much the southern end of the very long (200km) stretch of beaches that run in a more or less continuous row from Arcachon to Biarritz.
Strictly we should say 'beaches' rather than 'beach' because there are several here including: Barre, Cavaliers, the Dunes (unofficially this is a naturist beach, and not surveyed), the Ocean, Madrague, Corsaires, Marinella, Golden Sand (sables d'or), Club (not surveyed) and VVF - divided between the two main coastal sections in the town.
As with many of the resorts along the Atlantic coast, surfing is popular along with other beach activities, and numerous other sports and pursuits are available - walking, horseriding, cycling etc.
Anglet itself has a pleasant centre based around a large open paved area (with the church and town hall on the square) that has managed to retain its own identity despite the close proximity of both Bayonne and Biarritz (although Anglet also has a substantial amount of recent development around the centre).
Monuments and buildings in Anglet
One notable building that should be seen is the Villa Béatrix Enea, a substantial villa built in stone around 1900 and now home to various government offices. Another is the Chapel of Notre-Dame de Refuge, an unusual 19th century design featuring various statues inset in the facade and a decorative entrance. Inside you can see stained glass windows and a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary.
There is a section of coast towards the southern end of the coast (towards the Biarritz lighthouse) that is known as the Chambre d'amour (bedroom of love), romantically named for a couple of lovers who became trapped here by the rising tide and drowned, in the 17th century. The area has a beach and is one of several popular family beach areas.
In the north of Anglet there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and natural environment in both the forests and the Izadia Ecology Park. The Pignada forest in particular has several short marked trails that are very pleasant.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Anglet
Anglet is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*
Address: Anglet, Bayonne, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, 64600 || GPS: latitude 43.485, longitude -1.51833
Map of Anglet & places nearby
Highlights close by
Saint Jean de Luz 16km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Anglet, France
- Bayonne cathédrale St Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (3km)
- Bayonne - secteur sauvegarde (3km)
- Marais d'Orx - site of natural beauty (16km)
- Jardins de la villa Arnaga - remarkable garden (17km)
- Sare - most beautiful village (20km)
- Ainhoa - most beautiful village (20km)
- La Bastide-Clairence - most beautiful village (22km)
- Sorde l'Abbaye - abbaye St Jean (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (38km)
- Porte St Jacques - St Jean Pied-de-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (42km)
- Parc du Sarrat - remarkable garden (45km)
Market days in Anglet: Regular market(s) are held in Anglet each Thursday & Sunday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Anglet (Francais)