In the extreme south-west of France, separated from its southern counterpart by imposing barrier of the Pyrenees Mountains —which is more open here as if to encourage communication between the two regions— the Northern Basque Country offers a permanent source of discovery to those willing to make the effort to find it. Through its varied landscapes, sandy beaches, jagged cliffs, picturesque harbours lined up along the Ocean front, green mountain slopes scattered with tiny villages and beautiful white half-timbered houses —the Basque country anchors its tradicional values in time and space— traditional values which are expressed in the architecture of its houses and churches, it its festivities and games, in its fishing and handicrafts, in its history and its language. All this forms the common cultural basis of the land, Euskal Herria, the land of the Basques.
The French Basque Coast extends from Bayonne to Hendaye, and with Biarritz, Guéthary, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Socoa creates a chapelet of prestigious places. It is also the maritime side of the Basque Country and perpetuates its culture and (...)