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

photo of Ainhoa


Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among the most beautiful villages in France
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photo of Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

The church in Ainhoa is a traditional Basque church with rows of balconies around the walls
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photo of Anglet


Anglet, close to Biarritz, has several kilometres of beaches on the French Atlantic coast
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photo of Bayonne


Bayonne is a lovely historic city with a cathedral, a substantial old town and a charming riverside promenade
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photo of Bayonne cathedral

Bayonne cathedral

Bayonne cathedral is an imposing gothic style cathedral with a beautifully restored apse and an impressive cloister
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photo of Biarritz


The 19th century architecture and lovely beach and coast combine to make Biarritz a very popular destination
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photo of Cambo-les-Bains


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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photo of Cathedral Saint-Marie in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Cathedral Saint-Marie in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

The cathedral of Sainte-Marie is best known for its remarkable 12th century entrance
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Chateau de Pau

The Chateau de Pau is an impressive combination of the renaissance and 19th century architectural styles
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photo of Church Sainte-Croix in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Church Sainte-Croix in Oloron-Sainte-Marie

The Church Sainte-Croix is an interesting roman style church built in the 12th century
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photo of Ciboure


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

Col d'Aubisque

The Col d'Aubisque is a beautiful mountain pass with views of numerous high mountains in the Pyrenees
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photo of Eaux-Bonnes


Eaux-Bonnes is a 19th century belle-epoque spa town at the base of the Col d'Aubisque
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photo of Espelette


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


Gourette s a small ski station on the route to the Col d'Aubisque near Eaux-Bonnes
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photo of Hendaye


Hendaye, the last resort in France before the Spanish border, also has a popular large sandy beach
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photo of Hendaye church Saint-Vincent

Hendaye church Saint-Vincent

The Church Saint-Vincent in Hendaye has a charming interior of tiered balconies and red walls
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photo of Hondarribia


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


Less visited than some of the traditional Basque villages here, Itxassou is very pleasant to explore
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La Bastide-Clairence

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

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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photo of Laas


Laas is a pretty village with a castle and roman style church in the gave d'Oloron valley
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photo of Laruns


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


The village of Lescun is close to the Cirque de Lescun and other scenic highlights in the western pyrenees
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photo of Navarrenx


Navarrenx is a traditional fortified French bastide town in the western pyrenees
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photo of Oloron-Sainte-Marie


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


The 13th century stone bridge across the river is the highlight of your visit to Orthez
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photo of Pau


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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photo of Perpignan Palace of Kings of Majorca

Perpignan Palace of Kings of Majorca

The Palace of Kings of Majorca is an imposing fortress and royal residence in Perpignan, built of red brick in the 13th century
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photo of Saint-Jean-de-Luz


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

Saint-Jean-de-Luz church

The church of Saint John the Baptist in Saint-Jean-de-Luz has a remarkable interior with a baroque altar and tiered balconies
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photo of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port


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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photo of Saint-Palais


Saint-Palais is a small town on the Bidouze river in the historic Navarre region of south-west France
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photo of Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle


Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle is a small basque village with a popular leisure lake
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photo of Salies-de-Bearn


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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photo of Sare


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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photo of Sauveterre church of Saint-André

Sauveterre church of Saint-André

The church of Saint-André in Sauveterre is an interesting and charming roman style church built in the 12th century
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photo of Sauveterre-de-Bearn


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

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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: See tourist guide

Pau: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Oloron-Sainte-Marie: See tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Cirque de Saint-Engrace

Col d'Aubisque

Gorges d'Holzarté

Gorges de Kakoetta

Vallée d'Aspe

Vallée d'Ossau

Vallée des Aldudes

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Bayonne: See 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: See tourist guide

La Bastide-Clairence: See tourist guide

Sare: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Bayonne cathédrale de Sainte-Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Eglise St Blaise (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

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

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