A stunning tour from Landes to Costa Verde
Enjoy the surf, then sample the seafood on this quick hop across the border, taking in coastal drama and beauty in equal measure. It’s an easy two and a half hour drive between these two great parcs - with lively towns and pretty coastal villages enroute.
Although you're technically traversing a border, there is something deep and passionate that connects these two centres: their rich Basque heritage (you'll see road signs in the region's protected language in both countries). You'll find a warm welcome, delicious food, and a common bond at every step of your travels.
Camping Village Oyam ★★★★
Landes | France
The fun is as guaranteed as the South of France sun at this engaging Village parc. Splash about in the excellent pool complex or laze about on the terraces. This hook of the Bay of Biscay is renowned for its world-class surf, but don’t worry if they closest you’ve got is listening to The Beach Boys on your trip down - the parc runs its own surf camps, which promise to have you honing your skills within a week.
Explore Bidart - your cool and surf-centred nearest town before heading into stylish Biarritz, with its elegant shops and promenade just a few miles further. Make sure you visit the Rocher de la Vierge - a rocky outcrop reached by a footbridge, it offers wonderful views along the coast.
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Playa Joyel ★★★★★
Costa Verde | Spain
It’s hard to know where this wonderfully relaxing parc ends and the huge expanse of beach begins. Although, we guess, the sand between your toes offers a few clues. Green northern Spain is a refreshing change from the heat and hustle of the more southerly Costas. Here the accent is on excellent food, easy days exploring cultural towns, and sunny splash-abouts in the parc’s pool or in that dazzling emerald-green water just metres away.
Explore Bilbao, with its recently zhuzhed-up riverside replete with the shimmering Guggenheim museum and a wealth of excellent restaurants. More authentic Basque cooking can be found in the old town’s warren of tiny streets. Then dive into the thriving resort town of San Sebastian, with its three golden crescents of sand, fabulous Basque tapas (called Pinxtos) and summer-long programme of open air festivities.
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