Activities for your holidays in Basque country

As everyone knows, the Basque Country offers its inhabitants and tourists an environment of living and expectional holidays!

Bidarray halfway to the ocean and the Iraty Forest is the ideal place to stay, the crossroads of many :

  • sports activities (ballad in Montagen, rafitng on the Nive),
  • cultural activities  (Basque Museum of Bayonne, Villa Arnaga in Cambo
  • gastronomic and culinary activities (near the Aldudes valley where trout and Basque pigs are good, close to Espelette and its inevitable chilli ….

 

Mountains

Located at the crossroads of the Nive, Baztan and Begieder valleys, the village of Bidarray is ideally located to make the famous GR10, to climb to the top of the ridges of Iparla as well as hikes of all kinds.

You will find near Bidarray family ski resorts and walks that will allow you to discover a land remarkable for its landscapes (coastal, mountain or plain), its fauna and flora, and a heritage often spared. These walks will make you discover the Pottoks, robust little Basque ponies living in total freedom, the manech ewes and the tawny vultures, raptors emblematic of the Pyrenean chain.

Iparla’s chalet is just a few minutes from the summit of the Rhune, which offers the best view of the Basque country. Indeed, the Rhune offers an exceptional 360 ° panorama on the French and Spanish Atlantic coast as well as the Pyrenees.

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Gastronomy

Basque cuisine will delight you with its sweet and savory dishes.

The Basque country is the ideal place to come for Bayonne ham tapas, “Ossau Iraty” cheese accompanied by Itxassou cherry jam or cooked parsley squid. For the main course why not try the veal axoa?

This traditional dish is deliciously accompanied by a touch of the famous Espelette pepper and all the good local products. For dessert, come taste the delicious Basque cake often filled with black cherries or custard with a glass of Patxaran.

During your stay, the Iparla chalet staff will be happy to show you all the good addresses in the area to savor our gastronomy.

 

Ocean

The bidarray village is ideally located about thirty minutes from the Basque coast. Staying at Bidarray at the Iparla chalet will allow you to discover the famous imperial city of Biarritz, with its world famous surf spots, its unmissable big beach, place of sport and dream.

The seaside resorts of Hendaye and Saint-Jean-de-Luz are cities full of tradition and authenticity. You will discover Basque crafts, pretty fishing ports and cities of arts and stories.

 

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Culture

Basque culture is very present in the Basque country either on the land or on the Atlantic coast. Your stay in Bidarray will be the opportunity to discover the atmosphere of a rugby match of one of the two flagship teams of the Basque country (Biarritz Olympique or Aviron Bayonnais).

Throughout the year, the villages and towns of the Basque country organize traditional festivals where you can (re) discover and experience the authenticity, the folklore of this territory thanks to the mythical Bayonne festivities, festival of pepper in Espelette.

 

Sport Activities

The Iparla chalet team will advise you on fun activities that will also help you discover the beauty of the Basque country. The village of Bidarray is the ideal territory for outings with friends, family or other.

Indeed, you will have the opportunity to (re) discover whitewater activities such as rafting, canyoning or hydrospeed. Mountain activities such as climbing, tree climbing or downhill scooter are also available.

By booking directly with our staff, you benefit from discounts on whitewater activities and mountain activities in Bidarray.

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