Surfing, pintxos and pilgrim routes in the Basque Country
When you drive south along the English Channel on the European mainland and finally have to turn west to follow the coast, then you are here – in the beautiful Basque Country, where France meets Spain. There is wonderful food, captivating nature and enticing waves for adventure, however brave you are.
Surfboards and broken waves in Biarritz
The waves that roll in outside Biarritz are on historic surfing ground. If you can call it ground. It was here that European surfing started in the 1950s, and it is still an eldorado for surfers from all over Europe. We take a beginner’s course with the Swedish Surf Academy, and Martin surfs his first wave in Hendaye, right by the Spanish border.
Europe’s culinary capital San Sebastián
The best viewpoint for San Sebastián is the mountain Monte Igueldo, but it is the city streets and squares that have the real visitor attraction – the food. San Sebastián has the most Michelin stars per capita in the world. Treat your taste buds and yourself by arriving hungry.
Hermitage San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
If there are some who have been good at laying claim to nice land to build on over the years it is the monks. And maybe especially those who in the ninth century, in the honour of John the Baptist, built San Juan de Gaztelugatxe: a narrow stone bridge with 241 steps that leave you catching you breath – but it really is worth it.
Pilgerpfade nach Santiago de Compostela
Walking along a pilgrim route is a lifelong dream for many, even those who aren’t religious. And that’s understandable. The nature is magnificent and the stamps in your booklet are nice proof that you have completed the challenge. You choose how much of the route you want to walk. Some choose to divide up the stretch into separate stages – completing a little bit each year. All the routes lead to Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain.
Our accommodation in the Basque Country
Le pavillon Royal Camping
This campsite is located just south of Biarritz on the French west coast. It is the only five-star campsite located by the beach in the area. It has a total of 300 pitches, of which two-thirds are adapted for caravans and motorhomes. Whichever pitch you end up on, you will hear the roar of the waves.
Camping As Cancelas
Camping As Cancelas is a year-round campsite in an elevated location in Santiago De Compostela. It has pitches and cottages to hire, and if it’s too hot or your feet are tired after a long walk, it also has a pool. Nice location and approx. 20 minutes’ walk to the city and the enormous cathedral.