Visit Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France
The Pyrenees-Atlantiques has two personalities which together make a fascinating destination: the first is the atlantic coast, around the towns of Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz; the second is the pretty villages and outdoor activities in Basque country and the foothills of the western Pyrenees.
Selected places to visit in Pyrenees-Atlantiques
Highlights in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Aquitaine
The Pyrenees-Atlantiques department is found in Basque country, at the far south-west of France on the border with Spain. The department has a different character in the east, where it runs into the mountains of the Pyrenees, and the west, which is essentially a coastal region.
The town of Bayonne, perhaps unfairly seen as 'second best' to neighbour Biarritz, also deserves a visit - it is more or less a part of the Biarritz conurbation.
Likewise for Ciboure, which is the quiet southern neighbour to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Much further inland again, in the east of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department, is the town of Pau, best known for its view of the mountains, and for being one of the first towns to have a large English expat populaion (100 years ago). The village of Laruns and the town of Oloron-Sainte-Marie are also in this part of the department.
South-west from Oloron-Sainte-Marie, and close to the border with Spain, visit the Gorges de Kakuetta at Saint-Engrace - a 2km (each way) walk along the bottom of a verdant gorge, with cliffs high above the valley bottom, and a pretty waterfall.
Note - in many places in southern, Basque, Aquitaine you will notice a large flat wall centrally built in the town with a clear court in front for players of the traditional basque game of pelote.
See a list of all Pyrenees-Atlantiques communes
Map of Pyrenees-Atlantiques
French version: Pyrenees-Atlantiques (Francais)