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Biarritz Things to Do, Activities

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Cake Making Demonstrations

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Watch famous pastry cook Jacques Le Nay Caruelle - owner of Mandion bakerie - make cakes in his workshop every Saturday and Sunday morning (before 10:30am).

Web Site:www.mandion.com
Address:Pâtisserie Mandion, boulevard du BAB, Centre Urbegi, 4, rue Jean Mouton 64600 Anglet
Phone:05 59 64 86 68

Planète Musée du Chocolat - Chocolate Museum

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

All year round the Chocolate Museum of Biarritz organizes course and activities around chocolate like chocolate tasting, making a chocolate lollipop, chocolate painting, making a gourmet chocolate tablet, tasting of wine and chocolates
. Reservations minimum 15 days in advance.

Web Site:www.planetemuseeduchocolat.com
Address:14 avenue Beaurivage, 64200 Biarritz
Phone:05 59 23 27 72

Musée de la Mer Aquarium de Biarritz

Category:Museums and Exhibitions Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Accept the invitation to travel down a new pathway climbing back along the Gulf Stream presented by the Musée de la Mer-Aquarium (Museum of the Sea-Aquarium) from the seabed of the Gulf of Biscay to the wonders of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific seas!
A dazzling spectacle: the only hammerhead sharks in France presented in a giant pool of 1500 m3.
Marvel at the abundance of life found around one of the largest live coral reefs found a European aquarium: clownfish, anemones, eels and a multitude of exotic fish of original colours and improbable shapes...
Every day at 10:30 am and 5 pm, you don’t want to miss the feeding our the very cheeky seals, an enchanting spectacle that promises to delight young and old ...
For any additional info email: Marion Etcheverry

Web Site:www.museedelamer.com
Address:Biarritz Aquarium, Plateau Atalaye, Biarritz
Phone:05 59 22 33 34

Espadrille Museum

Category:Museums and Exhibitions Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The espadrille is the traditional basque foot wear.
An espadrille shop, featuring an espadrille museum, is located in the little town of Osses, some 43km south east of Biarritz.
The place is open between March 15th and October 15th.

Web Site:www.donquichosse.com
Address:Zone Artisanale ORDOKIA 64780 OSSES
Phone:05 59 37 79 38

Bayonne Ham Fair

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The "Bayonne Ham" is a meat speciality well known and appreciated in France and this since Middle Ages!
The Bayonne Ham Fair celebrates this year 550 years!
Dates: from April 13th to 17th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.bayonne-tourisme.com/fr/decouvrir-bayonne/ville-festive/foire-au-jambon.php
Address:Place des Basques, Bayonne
Phone: 33 (0)5 59 46 09 00

Bayonne Chocolate Days

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each year at the end of May the Academy of the Chocolate Guild of Bayonne organizes the "Chocolate Festival". During 2 days the chocolate makers ("les chocolatiers") of the city expose in front of their shops their chocolate creations that the passers by are invited to taste.
The festival features also exhibitions, conferences and other activities all chocolate themed.
Dates: May 26th and 27th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.chocolatiers.pro
Address:Bayonne
Phone:

Musical Saturdays at the Cathedral

Category:Concerts Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Each summer starting from the mid June until mid September the Bayonne Cathedral hosts classical music concerts (pipe organ and other instruments) each Saturday evening (with the exception of national holidays). Entrance free.

free thing to do
Web Site:
Address:15 Rue des Prébendes, Bayonne
Phone:05 59 59 37 55

"Fête de la Mer" at Capbreton

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The "Fête de la Mer" (Sea Festival) at Capbreton is a yearly tradition. The feast's program includes street entertainment, food booths where one can taste local specialties and boat harbor trips to honor sailors lost at sea.
Dates June 24th and 25th 2017

Web Site:www.capbreton.fr
Address:Port de Capbreton, Avenue du Président Pompidou - 40130 CAPBRETON
Phone:+33 5 58 72 21 23

Itxassou Cherry Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Itxassou is a little village in the heart of the Basque Country some 20 km southeast of Biarritz. Each year since 1952 in the first weekend of June- some 50 days after the blooming of the cherry trees - it hosts the "Cherry Festival" !
The event usually features a Basque choir concert, a Basque pelota game, a farmer's market etc.
A true Basque celebration!
Date: June 4th 2017

Web Site:www.itxassou.fr/Agenda/juin.html
Address:Itxassou, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:

Medieval Market of Bayonne

Category:Medieval Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The Medieval Market in Bayonne is held every year on the second weekend of July.
For three days of troubadours, magicians, soldiers and ... gargoyles are filling the Place Montaut the heart of Bayonne!
Dates: from July 14th to 16th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.bayonne-tourisme.com/fr/decouvrir-bayonne/ville-festive/le-marche-medieval.php
Address:Place Montaut, Bayonne
Phone:06 08 98 97 57

Bayonne Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Every year at the end of July the city of Bayonne hosts - for 4 days and 3 nights! - the "Bayonne Festival" a celebration of the Basque traditions and way of life. Many shows, concerts and street animations.
Dates: July 26th to 30th 2017

free thing to do
Web Site:www.fetes.bayonne.fr
Address:Bayonne
Phone:

"La force basque"

Category:Sporting Events Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

"La force basque" or the Basque strength is a festival/competition that takes place each year on the first Sunday after the 15th of August, in the town of Saint-Palais, some 66 km (41 mi) southwest of Biarritz.
The event features 150 participants competing in traditional Basque games like tug of war, wood cutting, straw bale lifting etc.

Web Site:www.forcebasquesaintpalais.com
Address:64120 Saint-Palais
Phone:05 59 65 71 15

Navarrenx Medieval Fest

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Date: August 19th, 20th 2017

Web Site:www.tourisme-bearn-gaves.com
Address:Navarrenx, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:

Squid Festival of Capbreton

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The festival celebrates the Capbreton port, the music and the...squid! A fishing competition will take place on Sunday morning.
Dates: September 10th and 11th 2016

Web Site:www.capbreton-tourisme.com/spip.php?page=detail&idmodule=FMA&id_rubrique=3&idoffre=FMAAQU040V507XTX&lang=fr
Address:Port de Capbreton, Quai Georges Pompidou - 40130 CAPBRETON
Phone:+33 5 58 72 21 23

Irouléguy Wine Festival

Category:Food and Wine Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Irouléguy is a little village in the French Basque Country some 54km (33 mi) southeast of Biarritz. The village is located in the heart of the Irouléguy wine region and hosts each second weekend of September the "Irouléguy Wine Festival". During the festival the wine makers are opening their cellars for free visits and tastings.

free thing to do
Web Site:www.saintjeanpieddeport-paysbasque-tourisme.com
Address:Irouléguy, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Phone:

Dog-Triathlon 2016

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The triathlon includes dog-paddle , the dog-bike and dog-cross.
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Web Site:www.toutous-surfeurs.fr.
Address:Promenade du lac, 40480 VIEUX-BOUCAU-LES-BAINS
Phone:

Basque Cake Festival of Cambo-les-Bains

Category:Others Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

Cambo-les-Bains is situated some 25km (15mi) southeast of Biarritz.
The Basque Cake Festival is celebrated here each year on the first Sunday of October.
Animations include: best cake maker competition, street music and dances etc.
Sunday October 2nd 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.lafetedugateaubasque.com/
Address:Cambo-les-Bains, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Phone:

Espelette Chili Pepper Festival

Category:Town/City Festival Activity month: J F M A M J J A S O N D

The festival takes place in the town of...Espelette, some 25km (15mi) southeast of Biarritz.
Animations include: a solemn mass in the Basque language with blessing of the peppers, a procession of Espelette Pepper brotherhoods with an induction ceremony into the brotherhood and the awarding of the Pepper Prize, bandas concerts, food fair etc.
Date: October 29th, 30th 2016

free thing to do
Web Site:www.espelette.fr
Address:Espelette
Phone:

Visit a Chocolate Factory

Category:Others Activity month:

Learn the history of chocolate and witness the very making of it in the production floor of "L'Atelier du Chocolat". Of course the visit is followed by chocolate tasting.

Web Site:www.atelierduchocolat.fr
Address:7 allée de Gibéléou, 64100 BAYONNE
Phone: 05 59 55 00 15

Visit a Basque Ham Traditional Curing Shop

Category:Regional Products (Shops) Activity month:

The Bayonne ham - Jambon de Bayonne - is a traditional meat specialty of the region (hence its name!). Visit a "Jambon de Bayonne" artisanal curing workshop.

Web Site:www.pierre-ibaialde.com
Address:41, rue des Cordeliers - 64100 Bayonne
Phone:05 59 25 65 30

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