Pyrenees-Atlantiques places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department of Aquitaine. See also our Pyrenees-Atlantiques travel guide

Ainhoa

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Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

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Anglet

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Anglet, close to Biarritz, is also a good place to enjoy some of the most southern beaches of the French Atlantic coast

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Bayonne

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Bayonne is oten neglected because of famous neighbour Biarritz, but is well worth exploring!

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Biarritz

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The 19th century architecture and lovely beach and coast combine to make Biarritz a very popular destination

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Cambo-les-Bains

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Cambo-les-Bains is a small pleasant town, best known for its thermal waters and the gardens of the Villa Arnaga

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Ciboure

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Once home to Maurice Ravel, Ciboure is a smal port and resort just south of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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Espelette

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Home of red hot chillies, Espelette is a very traditional basque village in the western Pyrenees

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Hendaye

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Hendaye, the last resort in France before the Spanish border, also has a popular large sandy beach

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Hondarribia

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Hondarribia is just across the border in Spain but we included it because its a very nice historic town!

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Itxassou

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Less visited than some of the traditional Basque villages here, Itxassou is also very pleasant to explore

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La Bastide-Clairence

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Labastide-Clairence is another of the most picturesque villages in the Basque region

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La Rhune

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The Rhune is a small Pyrenees mountain that you can go up in a scenic train - a nice way to enjoy the scenery.

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Laruns

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Laruns is a pretty village, but it is the surrounding mountain scenery that attracts most visitors here

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Navarrenx

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Navarrenx is a traditional fortified French bastide town in the western pyrenees

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Oloron-Sainte-Marie

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There are several sights of interest in Oloron-Saint-Marie including a picturesque section of river

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Orthez

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The 13th century stone bridge across the river is a great place to start your viit to Orthez

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Pau

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The large town of Pau is well known for the views from the belvedere that cover a large section of Pyrenees mountains

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Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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A long established beach resort, Saint-Jean-de-Luz also has a lively and popular town centre to explore

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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The small village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port has a long established role on one of the important pulgrimage routes across France

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Salies-de-Bearn

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The small town of Salies-de-Bearn is a pleasure to explore, and a nice place to visit when you are passing through the region

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Sare

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Sare is one of several traditional Basque towns in the western Pyrenees, with lots of houses in the local architectural style

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Sauveterre-de-Bearn

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The view from the terrace in front of the church in Sauveterre-de-Béarn is one of our favourites in the Basque Pyrenees region

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For more information see the Pyrenees-Atlantiques guide

 
 

Market towns & days in Pyrenees-Atlantiques

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Anglet: Thursday & Sunday
Aramits: Sunday
Arthez-de-Bearn: Saturday
Artix: Wednesday & Sunday
Bayonne: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday
Bedous: Thursday
Bidart: Saturday
Boucau: Saturday
Cambo-les-Bains: Wednesday & Friday
Castet: Thursday
Ciboure: Sunday
Gan: Wednesday
Hendaye: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday
Monein: Monday
Mourenx: Wednesday & Saturday
Navarrenx: Wednesday
Oloron-Sainte-Marie: Friday
Orthez: Tuesday
Pau: every day except Sunday
Saint Jean de Luz: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: Monday all day
Saint-Palais: Friday
Salies-de-Bearn: Thursday
Tardets-Sorholus: Monday
Urrugne: Thursday
Ustaritz: Saturday

Tourist attractions to visit in Pyrenees-Atlantiques

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Zoo d'Asson

4* Towns in Bloom

Anglet: Tourist guide

Pau: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Oloron-Sainte-Marie: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Cirque de Saint-Engrace

Col d'Aubisque

Gorges d'Holzarté

Gorges d'Holzarté

Gorges de Kakoetta

Vallée d'Aspe

Vallée d'Ossau

Vallée des Aldudes

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Bayonne: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin du château de Momas

Jardins de la villa Arnaga

Jardins du château de Viven

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Ainhoa: Tourist guide

La Bastide-Clairence: Tourist guide

Sare: Tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Bayonne cathédrale St Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Eglise St Blaise (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Eglise, Oloron-Sainte-Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide

Porte St Jacques - St Jean Pied-de-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes): Tourist guide