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Self-catering Farmhouse with 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Sleeps 12. Saturday changeover.
70.0km from coastline/beach
Very Large House with Pool within 4 Minutes Walk of Small Country Town This spacious, old...
Pyrénées-Atlantiques (department 64) is situated in the region of Aquitaine in the south-west of France, and lies at its most southerly point by the Basque country in the Pyrénées and the Spanish border.
Aquitaine has a turbulent history which has left the region dotted with bastides, fortified hilltop towns and villages, ancient strongholds of Charlemagne, Richard the Lionheart and the Black Prince.
Still relatively undiscovered, this is the land of truffles and armagnac, sunflowers and foie-gras, vast uncrowded beaches, mountain villages, warm, generous people and wine.
Why you should visit the Pyrénées-Atlantiques for your next holiday in France
Where else can you surf the finest beaches in the morning before skiing the pistes in the afternoon. The contrasting landscapes of the Pyrenees Atlantiques is amazing. It is packed full of scenic gems; from the immense sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast to the lakes, gorges and cirques of the Pyrenees National Park.
What to see and do in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
The ski resorts of Artouste, Gourette and La Pierre Saint Martin benefit from a good snow record, the weather conditions are influenced by the nearby Atlantic Ocean. There are plenty of sporting activities in the Pyreneean Valleys such as fishing, rafting, canyoning, horse riding and hiking. Plus the Spa's with their therapeutic waters.
Biarritz is considered one of the world's surfing capitals and an all year round golfing paradise. The picturesque fishing port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz cannot fail to inspire and is the perfect setting for a relaxing meal on a balmy evening.
To walk in the Pyrenees is magical, full of magnificent landscapes and crystal clear mountain lakes. The Baretous valley is renowned for its pot holes and green landscapes.
For those who enjoy cycling or driving the high mountain passes in summer, such as at the col d'Aubisque in the Ossau Valley, provide superb panoramic views. They also feature in the gruelling mountain stages of the tour de France.
Nearby places to visit
- Dax is a pleasant spa town with a small casino and smart teashops.
- Villeneuve-de-Marsan is an important centre for the production of armagnac and has two excellent Michelin restaurants.
- Bayonne is a quiet cathedral city with mediaeval streets and riverside boulevards. It lies on the far south coast and is where Gascony and the Pays-Basque meet.
- Lourdes is celebrated as the holy shrine of St. Bernadette and the grotto is visited by many thousands of pilgrims each year. The town is situated within sight of the Pyrénées and has many good cafes, restaurants and enticing food shops as well as endless souvenir shops selling religious bric-a-brac.
- Just south of the town is the Lavedan, a series of seven valleys whose people are famous for their fiery independence. These take you into the mountains through villages and hamlets, steep pastures, gorges, waterfalls and outstanding scenery.
How to get there
You can fly into, and out of, the Pyrenees Atlantiques from Pau or Biarritz. For example to fly from London (Heathrow) to Pau will take 4hours 50mins, planes usually leave about 14.00 hours. Cars can be hired from either airport.
Eurostar has made the journey easy from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord is just 2 hours 15 minutes. Trains to Pau and Biarritz usually leave from Montparnasse station, therefore a taxi or Metro across Paris is required. A taxi could be expensive, the Metro is easy with one direct journey. The train journey from Paris to Pau and Biarritz takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. It is cheaper to book a month in advance and if travelling to Pau to buy a ticket to Lourdes (the station after Pau).
If you travel via Calais you have to go through Paris, down the A10, past Bordeaux, then towards Toulouse on the A62, turning off at junction 3 (Langon) to take the D932 which becomes the N124 and then the N134 towards Pau. Please be aware you will encounter tolls on this route.
A preferred route is via St Malo using the fast boat crossing. This take you via good motorway/dual carriage ways all the way to Langon. The route is Rennes, Nantes, and Bordeaux.
The port of St Malo offers the shortest car journey once in France and is only 450 miles to Pyrénées-Atlantiques and can be driven in about 9 hours. Brittany Ferries travel to St Malo from Portsmouth and Condor Ferries make the journey in about 5 hours from Poole with a stop at the Channel Islands. Cherbourg, Caen, Roscoff and Le Havre are also convenient if you do not wish to travel from St Malo, none of which are more than 550 miles from Biarritz.