Basque Country Culture


Top 10 things to do in the Basque Country when it rains

In the Basque Country, the weather can sometimes be capricious. To cope with unexpected showers, we offer you a selection of the best outings to do in case of bad weather.

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Castles, museums, aquariums, games, many activities are to be done with family or friends in the Basque Country in rainy weather. Barnes presents his top 10.

The Biarritz Aquarium

Very popular with children, the Biarritz aquarium is an ideal family outing. You will discover a very rich ocean fauna and many species of fish and other marine animals. During your visit to the museum, you will have the opportunity to attend the seal meal, which is sure to please your children.

Villa Arnaga in Cambo-les-Bains

20 kilometres from Biarritz, the small village of Cambo-les-Bains welcomes you for a discovery of the hinterland. This charming little town houses the home of the famous Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac. Located a stone's throw from the city centre, Villa Arnaga can be visited freely or with a guide.

Isturitz and Oxocelhaya Caves

To be safe from bad weather, there is nothing like visiting the caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya. Located in the region's lands, near Hasparren, these caves are not to be missed. Classified as a historical heritage site, these caves are entirely natural places that will emerge in the very heart of the Basque Country.

The Ocean City in Biarritz

With the Aquarium, the Cité de l'Océan in Biarritz aims to promote the discovery of ocean fauna and to inform about the importance of protecting this natural heritage. In this science and play theme park, you can learn more about the oceans while enjoying 4D and virtual reality experiences and enjoy exceptional moments with the whole family.

Abbadia Castle in Hendaye

Perched between Hendaye and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Château d'Abbadia is one of the region's unusual historical monuments. Bordering the Basque coast, the castle offers an exceptional panorama of the ocean and the surrounding land. Within the castle, you will discover a neo-Gothic style architecture and a monument rich in history.

The Caves of Sare

On the Spanish border, you have the opportunity to discover the natural area of the caves of Sare. In a dry place, you will visit for one hour a site steeped in 2 million years of history. A sensational visit to do with your children in the heart of the limestone massif of Sare.

The Basque Museum of Bayonne

When the sun is not shining, do not hesitate to visit the Basque Museum in Bayonne, located in the heart of the city centre. Through the various collections and objects, you will be immersed in the Basque culture and the very rich history of the region. This museum is therefore a must to get to know the cultural and historical heritage of the Basque Country as well as possible.

The Louis XIV House in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Dating back to the 17th century, the Louis XIV House now houses a particularly rich historical heritage. In this residence, you will discover numerous galleries, furniture, paintings and period objects that will plunge you into the heart of this part of the region's history and Louis XIV's stay during his wedding.

The workshop of the Basque Knifemakers in Bidart

For a discovery of Basque culture and local crafts, you can take the direction of Bidart and its workshop of the Basque Cutlers. In the heart of a farm dating back to 1769, you will be impressed by the technique and mastery of this craft. Do not hesitate to visit his knife shop to bring back a souvenir of the region.

Escape You, escape game in Anglet

This escape game in Anglet which welcomes you for a trip with family or friends when the rain is there. The purpose of the game? Escape by solving all the riddles together. Great nature, this Escape Game promises you a great experience and a friendly moment.

Despite the rain, you can do many activities during your holidays in the Basque Country. To fully enjoy the local culture, do not hesitate to taste the region's culinary specialities in one of the restaurants in Biarritz, Bayonne or Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The region has plenty of specialities to offer you.