Two other Basque cities I had the chance to see were Biarritz and Bayonne. We came to Biarritz to surf (of course) and Bayonne to eat (of course). Bayonne looks interesting for a cultural trip but it seemed like Biarritz has its own fair share of history and culture, too (mostly because it was a favored beach town by Empress Eugenia, Napoleon III’s wife).
I did manage to surf Cote Basque with le hubby and enjoy a wonderful Biarritz sunset. Biarritz reminds me of Sydney in Australia because the main surfing beach is right in front of the city. The bigger surfing beach reminds me of Bell’s Beach in Victoria, also in Australia. It was a bit further out (although we just walked from Grand Plage) but you had to go down the cliff to get to the beach.
Before we left that weekend, le hubby, my in-laws, and I drove around half-lost in the beautiful city of Bayonne to eat and drink in a cidrerie (with Bayonne getting on my cultural bucket list). It was a pretty cool experience to ‘pour’ a drink flying out straight from a barrel. But I lost my mind when I saw all the food prepared in front of us.
As with Saint Jean de Luz, the towns of French Basque Country have totally enchanted me. I look forward to seeing more of Pays Basque soon!