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Top 10 must-attend summer events in the Basque Country

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During the summer, the Basque Country and its culture attract many tourists. Concerts, celebrations, sports competitions, many events are organized in all the cities of the region.

For a successful family or friends' holiday in the southwest, we offer a selection of events not to be missed.

San Sebastian Jazz Festival

Every year for more than 50 years, the San Sebastian Jazz Festival is held in July. In this Spanish city a few kilometres from the border, many international artists are programmed to perform on different stages within the city itself. Elected European Capital of Culture in 2016, the city of San Sebastian will seduce you with its jazz music.

Bayonne Festivals

Bayonne's festivals are particularly well known and are an essential event for all locals. Organized for 5 five days at the end of July, these festivals are a perfect opportunity to discover all the Basque culture and its traditions. Don't forget your red and white clothes and immerse yourself in the folklore of Bayonne's festivals.

Fireworks of Biarritz

As every year, a fireworks display is organised on 15 August on the large beach of Biarritz. Shot from Basta Rock and the Grande Plage, this 30-minute show attracts many tourists. Produced by renowned professionals, this event is not to be missed if you are in the region!

Semana Grande of San Sebastian

Organized every year in mid-August, "La Semana Grande" is an unmissable event in San Sebastian. For a whole week, the city hosts parades, shows, concerts and a fireworks competition! With your children or friends, you are sure to spend an unforgettable week at the heart of this great celebration.

Baleapop in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Created almost 10 years ago, Baleapop is a festival of music and contemporary art organized in Saint-Jean-de-Luz in August. Each year, the festival attracts more and more people thanks to its advanced programming and artists from all over the world. Let yourself be seduced by this unusual event during your holidays in the Basque Country.

International Surf Film Festival in Anglet

Organized in the city of Anglet since 2003, the International Surf Film Festival highlights films about the sport. Set up in front of the ocean, this festival offers an exceptional setting for the public for 4 days in July. Completely free of charge, this festival is now one of the region's most important cultural events.

Feast of Saint Jean

Every year at the summer solstice, around June 21, the Feast of St. John is organized. In all the streets of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, many shows and activities are offered to highlight the Basque identity. This friendly festival will introduce you to the very rich culture of the Basque Country.

Biarritz Festival in summer

For 3 days in July, the Biarritz festival in summer highlights Basque culture and also offers many concerts by French and international artists. Every year, this festival attracts more and more people thanks to its high quality programming and numerous activities to satisfy all your desires: concerts, surf culture, regional dishes...

Anglet Beach Rugby Festival from July 20 to 22

Just next to Biarritz, in the city of Anglet, a Beach Rugby tournament is held every year at the end of July. During this beach rugby tournament, the oldest in the country, you can attend many games but also try your hand at this sport! Over the years, this festival has grown and now offers many activities all around.

The nocturnes of la Chambre d'Amour

A young festival, "Les Nocturnes de la Chambre d'Amour" has been held in Anglet since 2015. For 2 days, French and international artists perform in the site of the cave of the Chambre d'Amour. Announcing the launch of the summer season, this festival grows year after year, and attracts young people in particular.

Throughout the region, many events and activities are organized during the summer period. Whatever the weather, you are sure not to get bored in Biarritz and its surroundings. To discover all the Basque culture in a festive atmosphere, you have the choice between many festivals and activities! Find your holiday rental on the Basque coast today!