Basse Navarre is one of the seven provinces constituting the Basque country, four being in Spain and three in France. Labourd is the coastal province in France where the elegant resorts of Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz can be found as well as the historic port of Bayonne with its fine cathedral.
Soule is the other French Basque province to the east of Basse Navarre with its own very different architecture.
These three provinces run from the Atlantic ocean to the Pic du Midi d’Ossau and encompass some of the finest mountain walking in Europe.
Cross country and downhill ski-ing is on offer as well at the centres in nearby Iraty and Saint Martin.
The Spanish Basque region:
Nearby Spain offers some of the most colourful and interesting historic towns including Bilbao, San Sebastian and Pamplona. Each of these towns has its own special history and individual attractions. Whether it is the Guggenheim gallery in Bilbao or the annual bull running in Pamplona or sampling the numerous Tapas bars in San Sebastian there is something to interest everyone.
The pilgrim routes from northern Europe come together at Ostabat, close to Etxexuria, and then on to Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port before crossing the Pyrenees. This popular route brings 100,000 walkers to this region every year.
The beautiful Basque coastline attracts many tourists every year and is just an hour away. Surfing beaches run all along this coast and many seafood restaurants offer culinary delights to the discerning diner.