• SAINTE BLAISE HOSPITAL

    In a green setting, a great place full of history ranked a UNESCO World Heritage!

    Ancient hospital foundation for pilgrims on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela, the church of the Sainte Blaise hospital will surprise you by its sobriety and its sleek proportions.

    Probably next to the church, the hospital allowed travellers to take a break before the difficult crossing of Pyrenees. The Romanesque church carries the marks of the influences which crossed themselves on roads, from north to south and from south to north...


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    Isabelle and Patrice, two sailing enthusiasts realized their dream, opening a guest house on the water. Her name Djebelle is a blue house on the Adour moored at Pier de Lesseps.

    You embark on a beautiful English over 40 m long. The gateway takes you on a terrace overlooking one of the prettiest views of Bayonne.

    Can not decide between a room with oriental atmosphere, situated in front of the boat, or Isles of the room, installed in the cab of Petty: two real invitation to travel and dream.

    Cosily installed, you let yourself be lulled by the undulations of the river and share with your guests, this happiness over water.

    Time stops just landed on the water.<o:p></o:p>


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    The Arapaho is the newest of all terrain scooters, 100% downhill.<o:p></o:p>

     

    Sports enthusiasts and thrill seekers, go to the leisure of Baigura to Mendionde to ride this new machine.

    Without difficulty, you cross any terrain and down the slopes of the Basque mountains.

    Before, you must take the small tractor equipped to reach the summit.

    You will meet paragliders, mountain bikers, hikers who prepare their descent in the mid pottocks.

    Before starting, take the time to look, the view is spectacular.

    For the less adventurous, a nature trail was built on a massive way to learn while having fun.

    All, enjoy yourself.<o:p></o:p>


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    Bob, this is Robin Worboys, a Briton who has left his life in London to create a brew pub in the Basque Country. It was inspired by one of his ancestors, who founded the brewery in Cambridge, England Stourton.

    The brewery Etxeko Bob's Beer is located in Hasparren, 15 minutes from the center of Bayonne. It produces beers and gourmet natural.

    The first Bob's Beer is a blonde European golden color with a fruity aroma and rich hop. It contains no additives. It is neither filtered nor pasteurized.

    As his beer, Bob's eyes sparkle when he explains in his excellent French course and his desire to develop a quality product.

    Feel free to visit him, he hosts tours every Thursday at 18h. As for the store, it is open every afternoon from Monday to Thursday or by appointment.<o:p></o:p>

     

    Drink in moderation of course!<o:p></o:p>


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  • IRATY'S FOREST
     
     
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    Magnificent and famous forest in 1350m of height which extends for a girl left for French territory and for its major part in Spanish Navarre. Beeches, Walnuts, Birches and Fir trees constitute the majority of essences, numerous holiday resorts in the summer months, cross-country skiing in winter. A very favorite for the Chalet Pedro, a local institution, opened in season and where you will taste magnificent typical dishes of the local gastronomy in a friendly atmosphere in the corner of the fire. Very favorite also for Chalets Iraty, atypical accommodations offering you disorientation, charm, and tranquility!

     

    Numerous strolls and possible rides in forest, small numerous picturesque roads if you prefer your vehicle, or for the bravest, the bike! Attention on cows, ewe and other horses on the road!

     

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  • BAYONNE ANGLET BIARRITZ

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      Since 1972 existed the district Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz which realized in particular infrastructures of transport. On December 31st, 1999 the district was transformed into community of urban area (The Basque Coast Adour) and was equipped with new skills.

      It exercises 4 compulsory skills: economic development, arrangement and town planning, social balance of the housing environment, the urban affairs and optional skills.

     

    BAYONNE

    In the confluence of Adour and Nive, in 6 km of the sea, on a swampy zone dried up between close Landes and Pyrenean foothills, Bayonne is the main city of the Basque country on the Economic plan, it played a very important role in the development of the region. Former(ancient) castrum in the time of Romains, named Lapurdum, a victim of successive invasions, it will take the name of "Baiona" only in 10th century, meaning " good river ".

      The city will know its first Golden age thanks to the Dukes of Bayonne, with the development of the business, Cathedral, Convent and Castle will then be built. Before falling again in the French lap in 1451, Bayonne was for a long time under English influence, the English people had then made one of their fortified towns at the same moment serviceman (Bayonne testifies of it always today by being surrounded with 3 ramparts) and commercial, during the Hundred Years' War Bayonne moreover remained faithful in English people, the same Castile which claimed then the city and Labourd never reached its purposes. From the 16th century and the creation of the new mouth of Adour, Bayonne prospered strongly and embellished a lot. Today the city stend on 3 districts, and trains a beautiful set, with a conservation area, a very active and creative life.   

      Stayed in the distance of the tourist effervescence of Biarritz the city knew how to develop an Economic dynamism by welcoming companies such Dassault Aviation, the port is always very active too.

      Visit Big Bayonne, the theater which also accommodates the City Hall and its place celebrates where start every year the famous parties of Bayonne, the Place of the freedom, the old Castle, the cloister, the cathedral, the Door of Spain, the ramparts, the magnificent quays of Nive in the morningduring the market when they are flooded with sun

    Discover finally small Bayonne, on the right bank of Nive, very popular district, you will find the Basque museum, the Bonnat museum, the new castle …

     

    ANGLET

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    Anglet is situated in the South of the estuary of Adour and extends over unique fine 5 km of sandy beaches in the Basque country and the paradise of the Surfers, the end of the tray from the Landes at the beginning of the cliffs of Biarritz and the Basque ledge, marked by saint Martin's point and his lighthouse. The industry of the Tourism and the Surfing allowed the development of Anglet, Airport, luxury equipments (golf of Chiberta, Thalassotherapy) Holiday residences...

      Visit in particular the cave of the Chamber of the Amour, two lovers hid from it and drowned themselves there...

     

    BIARRITZ

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      Biarritz is doubtless one of the most renowned French sea resorts. After development thanks to the activity of it sins in the Middle Ages, Biarritz will stay nevertheless until the much less dynamic 18th and recognized than its sisters of Saint Jean de Luz and Bayonne who have then the preferences of the monarchy.

      From the 18th century, any exchange, the holiday resort of the seaside becomes very fashionable and rich, celebrities, artists and the powerful invade Biarritz, Napoleon in 1808 then Victor Hugo, Stendhal then Napoleon III made build in 1854 the villa Eugenie.

       Since then, except during the war 39/45, Biarritz will not until today stop attracting the vacationers, the French people, the Spaniards, the Germans or the English people, rich and famous who will build tens of luxurious villas there to organize the most magnificent evenings there. These magnificent and quite original villas make of the architecture of Biarritz a harmonious mixture today, sometimesold-fashioned mixture, but not without charm, of very different styles today. Biarritz thus remains very fashionable, the surfers, golfers and the other followers of the game or the Thalassotherapy are there to give evidence of the charm always exercised by the sea resort in 21th century!

      To visit Biarritz, nothing better that to leave the Lighthouse of the point Holy Martin to discover it the geography of the city: the coast makes of beaches for the North which get beyond Anglet to Landes; and in the South both main beaches of the bay of Biarritz, the beach Miramar and the hotel of the Palace, the big beach and her Casino. Far off always southward, the small port of sins embedded in the rock, and a little farther still the famous Rock of the Virgin, the emblem of the city, connected with the coast by a metallic footbridge conceived by Eiffel.  

      Finally, at the end of the rocky spurs of the bay, another symbol of the architectural wealth of the city and of its) luxurious past: the Villa Belza, built in the end of the 19th by the architect Alphonse Bertrand.

      Visit the central beaches by roaming along the walk following the seaside up to the Rock of the virgin, by way of the port of sin, the rich and tortuous avenues of the city center and their beautiful and luxurious shops of big marks, make a tour to the Casino Bellevue, discover the Museum of the Sea on the Esplanade of the Rock of the Virgin; also visit the Holy district Martin and its church dating 1342 which established then the center of the first medieval village, the Castle Gramont which welcomed Napoleon and Eugénie, the Castle Boulard which faces her, then in the North of the city, the Imperial Chapel built in 1864 at the request of Empress Eugénie.

     January 1st, 2011 "BAB" passes from 3 to 5 municipalities and changes name.

    The cities of Boucaut and Bidart were added.


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  • The legend of Bayonne ham ...
    "One day, during a beat, Gaston Phoebus wounded a boar. The animal ran ... it was discovered by hunters, a few months later, buried in a salt spring in Salies-de-Bearn. The animal was in perfect condition! Thus we discover the cure of the Adour basin. "
    But already in the year 10 a Roman general mentions of a flourishing tradebetween Bordeaux and Bayonne ham.



    The hams of yesteryear
    The geological and climatic conditions of the basin of the Adour, between dry weather and humidity, are favorable for curing ham.
    It is produced in all villages of the basin. It is the city of Bayonne, with its port activity that allows to export the ham, make it known ... hence the name "Bayonne ham." Jeanne d'Albret and her son Henry, as Louis XIV were the firstambassadors.

    Even today, they make the Bayonne ham in the Adour basin. Each year in Bayonne, during Holy Week, we celebrate the ham ... and that since 1462.


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  • Did you know that the Petit Train de La Rhune is one of only three cogwheel trains in France?

     

    The PetitTrain de la Rhune is one of more famous French tourist trains. It offers a magnificent panorama and allows to discover the local culture.

    "Exceptional". It is the qualifier which often returns in the mouth of those who have a borrowed day the Petit Train de la Rhune. Situated in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques ( 64 ), this site attracts approximately 350 000 tourists every year !

    Inevitable. Whoever goes in the Basque country owes go to discover the Petit Train de la Rhune. It offers to his visitors of the unforgettable memories. 

    Having got back your ticket at the station, have so typical as have welcoming, you embark for a ballad of 35 mn approximately aboard this very beautiful train. The charm of its cars, completely wooden, transports you at once in another world...

     

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    The Petit train de la Rhune is a metre gauge rack railway in France at the western end of the Pyrenees. It links the Col de Saint Ignace, some 10 km (6.2 mi) to the east of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, to the summit of the Rhune mountain. Although this summit lies on the border between France and Spain, the railway lies entirely within the French  department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques.

     

    The idea of building a railway to the summit of La Rhune was first proposed in 1908, and a law passed in 1912 entrusted the construction and operation to the département. Work started on the construction of the line in 1912, but was suspended during Worl War I. The line opened on June 30, 1924. In a referendum in 1978, the population of the nearby village of Sare rejected a proposal to build a road to the summit of the Rhune, thus enabling the railway to survive.

    The concession to build the line, and operate it until 1982, was granted by the department to the Société Anonyme des Chemins de Fer Basques, which changed its name to the Voies Ferrées Départementales du Midi in 1914. The original concession was extended until 1994 and, as a result of a merger, it was taken over by the Société Hydroélectrique du Midi in 1989.

    In 1994, the concession expired and operation of the line reverted to the département. Since then the line has been operated under contract by Veolia Transport, a large international transport services business that also operates several other tourist railways in France.

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  • THE VIRGIN'S ROCK, A REAL EMBLEM OF BIARRITZ!

     

     

     

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    The legend tells that whalers returning to the port were taken in a storm of such an intensity as they believed their last hour had come, when a light so saving as radiant returned them to the port…The survivors set up then some crosses and a statue of the Virgin on this rocky and inhospitable island seeming to challenge the ocean at the end of the beach of Biarritz.

     

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    Napoleon III, who had discovered Biarritz thanks to Empress Eugenie, had the great idea to make connect the rock with the coast by a metallic footbridge. This bridge has been built by Gustave Eiffel.

     

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    This place is approachable only in clear weather. When the weather is clear and when the sun is brilliant, it is the small walk which remains a delight: the beach confides in front of you, marrying the bay making since the port up to the lighthouse of Biarritz, whereas a light breeze will wrap you with its steams marine.

     

    So I recommend you strongly to go there if you have a walk around.

    Thus do not wait any more to discover this place.


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    On Thursday, February 16th, 2012 will dash of the Park of the Futuroscope and the Saint Jean de Luz an outstanding student event. Hundreds of 4L and adventurers every carriers of a universal message will try to cross 6 000 km of the edition 2012 to perceive the dunes of Merzouga where will be distributed about 80 tons of school stationery within the framework of the humanitarian aid begun since the first edition of the raid.
     
    The 4L Trophy is a raid risks reserved for the students in the Moroccan desert aboard Renault 4L. Young people in search of Adventure live a only experience mixing sports challenge, disorientation and solidarity.The sports aspect is also very present on the 4L Trophy, this raid risks being based on diverse tests of crossing and orientation with as only browsing devices: a compass, a road portfolio and a map! 
     
    Meeting on Thursday, February 16th, 2012 for the departure of this outstanding adventure...
     
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    64 has created a range of tee-shirts, clothing and accessories in a variety of colours and styles. It is their aim to design clothing which can be worn on a daily basis, using
     the highest possible standards of design to suit a demanding market. 
     
     
     
     
     

     

    The motifs they use are both modern and relaxed, maintaining simplicity and character. They are suitable for every friendly environment. 
    Their designs are derived from the world of 64, drawing on our love of Basque style, seaside living, sport and Festivities. They use simple, sometimes ironic graphics which you see on the front and the back of their clothing. 
    Whether screen-printed or embroidered, you can select your graphic from across the wide range of clothes from children to adults. All the family can pick their own colors and motifs. 
    64 aims to satisfy their clients need for creativity and dynamism with a collection of fashions that are constantly up-dated. 
    The circular 64 logo, which is now the symbol of the company,
    was created in 1997.
    The brand attach enormous importance to the comfort of our clothes,
    continually working to maintain the highest possible standards.
     

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