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About The Basque Country
The coast from Bayonne and Biarritz, at the point where the long straight sandy beaches of the Landes transform into jagged rocks and cliffs as it speeds towards Spain and the Pyrenean countryside behind, is all Basque country. The region offers a mixture of mountains, dramatic Atlantic coastline and beautiful countryside and is a hugely rewarding holiday spot. The Hotel Guru's picks of the best places to stay in the Basque Country range from seaside hotels in St Jean de Luz and Biarritz to country escapes with Michelin star restaurants.
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The distinctive traditional village architecture of the Basque country features whitewashed houses, often half-timbered which have their shutters and woodwork painted the blood red or rich green which are the Basque national colours. Other colours are unusual in the region. The small churches in basque villages often have balconies running around the inside, and many villages also have a fronton in the village centre for playing pelota.
Biarritz is the surfing capital of France, and the increasingly year-round presence of boarders on the beaches and in the cafes and shops has contributed to the town's transformation from a slightly frumpy retirement spot to a boho outpost of Paris which has become known as the California of France. We have found some of the best places to stay in the Basque Country in Biarritz, which reflect the town's new vibe.
- The Hotel de Silhouette has funky but functional modern bedrooms and unusually for Biarritz, a peaceful garden with sun loungers.
- Minutes from Biarritz, the smart Chateau de Clair de Lune sits in exquisite formal gardens. Bedrooms are in the turn of the Century Chateau or in the much more modern hunting lodge.
- Ultra B & B, La Villa Vauréal is family friendly with kitchenettes in all the rooms and extra delicious breakfasts. There are two suites in the house, two chalets and a loft in the garden.
- The Edouard VII feels more like a guest house than a hotel, and is delightfully and immaculately French with historical piquancy added by creaky wooden floorboards and old mirrors.
More than anywhere else in France, the best places to stay in the Basque Country are still owned and run by families, generations of them.
- Arcé in St Etienne-de-Baigorry has seen five generations in charge;
- others such as Arraya in Sare, Chez Chilo in Barcus and Ithurria in Ainhoa have seen three.
This is always a good sign, and when you add the beautiful mountain scenery, the charm of these red and white and green and white Basque villages, the local preoccupations such as pelota and rugby and the superb culinary specialities, you have somewhere special to stay.
Michelin Starred Restaurants
Foodies will love this area and several of the best places to stay in the Basque Country have Michelin-starred dining.
- Ithurria in Ainhoa has simple bedrooms, a surperb outdoor pool and a bistro for table-d'hôte lunches as well as a five bed family apartment.
- Slightly nearer the coast to the west in the traditional Basque village of St-Etienne-de-Baigorry, Arcé also has an outdoor pool accessed over a wooden bridge, lovely rooms some with terraces and huge picture windows in the dining room through which diners can admire the mountain scenery whilst enjoying top class food.
Best Hotels in The Basque Country
Jardins de Bakea 25 rooms from $72Biriatou, The Basque Country
A charming property with lovely views of the Basque Country. Pretty rooms, traditional in style, with chintz fabrics and sash windows. Contemporary, well appointed bathrooms. Gourmet regional cuisine, a stunning outdoor terrace for dining and a great wine list to boot. An ideal country getaway.Country Escape - Situated in a pretty garden with lovely sweeping views and plenty of outdoor pursuits in the surrounding area.Value chic - An excellent value stayGreat walks - Lovely walks through the pretty Basque country.Views - Great views from hotel
Chez Chilo 8 rooms from $73Barcus, The Basque Country
An adorable family hotel with fantastic rustic food, in a picturesque village. Fresh and simple bedrooms in pastels and whites and a lovely dining room, in which you'll be served the best local produce. A delightful garden, swimming pool and children's play area. The perfect hideaway.Hideaway - A French country getaway where you can trade the hustle and bustle for the laid back life of the mountains.Great walks - Grab a packed lunch from the hotel and set off to explore the plateaus, forests and grasslands.Sights nearby - The beautiful valleys of Aspe, Ossau and Barétous are nearby.Outstanding location - Tucked away in the Basque countryside
La Villa Hotel 10 rooms from $78The Basque Country
An elegant white painted house a near the historic centre. Ten classic-contemporary bedrooms decorated in soft pastels. Breakfast on a lovely Italian-esque terrace overlooking secluded gardens. A tranquil spot on a hill above the Nive.Local exploring - Just a 15 minute walk into the historic town of Bayonne. Well positioned to explore the Basque country.Sights nearby - Visit the d Château Vieux castle in Bayonne.
Hotel Laminak 12 rooms from $78Biarritz, The Basque Country
A large country house/B&B set in beautiful gardens. Large elegant rooms with private terraces onto the garden. Charming breakfast terrace, large swimming pool, and outdoor sauna. A great location for families and those on a budget.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Sawdays
Chateau d'Urtubie 8 rooms from $84Saint-Jean-de-Luz, The Basque Country
Elegant family-run chateau. Decorative suites with rich fabrics and fireplaces. Beautiful grounds and lovely swimming pool. Within walking distance of a Michelin star restaurant. Ideal for foodies, couples, and local explorers.Foodies - Michelin star restaurant nearby.Value chicSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolFull of characterRecommended by - Sawdays
Olhabidea 5 rooms from $89Sare, The Basque Country
A restaurant with rooms that provides wonderful hospitality and food in a beautiful home. Five individually styled, traditional, rooms. Chintz fabrics, beamed ceilings and local art give a quaint feel. A delightful menu with much of the produce coming from the garden. A charming rural stay.Foodies - Mouthwatering, simple, regional cuisine using only the finest local ingrediants, most straight from the garden.Country Escape - A lovely rural property, cosy and quiet, at the foothills of the Pyrenees.Sights nearby - Visit the late-Romanesque church and wander the streets of Sare with it's quaint whitewashed houses.Great walks - Spend a day at the coast and find stunning rugged walks.
Briketenia Hotel 14 rooms from $107Biarritz
A chic boutique restaurant with rooms owned by renowned restauranteurs the Ibarboure family. Undeniably brilliant cuisine. Trendy interiors with simple white-washed walls, exposed stonework and small balconies to take your gourmet breakfast on. Miles of sandy beaches nearby. French paradise.Foodies - Owned by the Ibarboure family who harbour generations of restaurantier experience and are littered with Michelin Stars.Surfing - Long swathes of sandy beaches with excellent surf conditions.Great walks - Miles of coastline to be explored.Romantic - Good for couples.
Arcé 22 rooms from $94St-Etienne-de-Baigorry, The Basque Country
Magical riverside setting in a typical Basque village. Excellent restaurant serving rustic treats such as wood pigeon. Large elegant bedrooms with terraces and beautiful mountain views. Guests are invited to relax by the outdoor pool or the cosy hotel lounge. A peaceful country retreat.Foodies - The in-house restaurant dishes up delicious rustic treats.Country Escape - Located at the foot of the Ispéguy passRomantic - Beautiful location, perfect for a weekend awaySights nearby - A beautiful mountain range to be exploredRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Maison Maxana 2 rooms from $94La Bastide-Clairence, The Basque Country
A boutique B&B in a historic house. Chic rooms, suites, and a family suite have contemporary furnishings and all the mod cons. Works of art and objet d'art fill every corner, a large swimming pool and sun bathing area for relaxing, and lunch on request. Close to the beach and sights around.Local exploring - Beaches, countryside, villages, and monuments to explore.Views - Beautiful green countryside around.Sights nearby - Charming villages and historic abbeys, churches, and cathedrals to explore.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Maison Garnier 7 rooms from $102Biarritz
A refined sea side hotel within walking distance of Biarritz's beaches. Just 7 bedrooms with white washed walls and wooden floorboards, some with private balconies. Elegant and poised - an intimate hotel with plenty of style.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Sawdays
L'Auberge Basque 12 rooms from $100Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, The Basque Country
A trendy rural abode with stunning scenery. A perfect merging of traditional design and simple Scandinavian style modernity. Rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, light wood, crisp white linens and contemporary art. Modern French cuisine at the restaurant. A chic country option.Active Holiday - Plenty of outdoor pursuits in the surrounding area to keep all entertained.Country Escape - Situated in a pretty rural location overlooking La Rhune Mountains.Families - Lovely family rooms with self-catering as an option.Great walks - Lovely walks through the picturesque Basque Country starting straight from the property's door.
Relais du Silence Argi Eder 26 rooms from $104Ainhoa, The Basque Country
A gorgeous property set in a quaint village in the hills of the Basque Country. Traditional french-country rooms feature light wooden furniture and pretty fabrics. Lovely gardens equipped with a tennis court and pool. The gourmet regional cuisine is a treat. A charming rural abode.Country Escape - Set in lovely gardens with a tennis court and swimming pool - the perfect country staySights nearby - Visit the Rock of the blessed Virgin that overlooks Biarritz Bay.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool.Romantic - Good for couples.
Chateau de Méracq 6 rooms from $104Méracq, The Basque Country
A lovely family run chateau in two hectares of parklands. Fabulous food, elegant bedrooms, and friendly service. Total relaxation in the countryside surrounded by vineyards and castles. Perfect for families and local exploring.Country Escape - The chateau sits in a 2 hectare park.FamiliesFull of characterSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Sawdays
La Reserve 41 rooms from $120St Jean de Luz
Beautiful hotel with stunning vistas of the Atlantic ocean. Its contemporary rooms are light and spacious with balconies that boast views out to the sea. Have a game of tennis or amble down the coastal path to the charming town of St Jean de Luz. The perfect place for exploring the Basque coastline.Families - Tennis courts, gardens, children's menus and plenty of activities - plus dogs are allowedEco break - An eco friendly escapeSurfing - Great surfing opportunities on the beaches near the hotel.Sailing - Perfect for sailing around the Basque coastline.
Edouard VII 18 rooms from $120Biarritz
Charming and oh-so-French address in the city centre. A 19th century mansion keeps its original interiors - wood panelling, wooden floors, and old mirrors - which compliment the rooms' elegant creams and whites. The breakfast terrace is the pièce de résistance. Relaxed and family-friendly.City Style - Charming residence, at the centre of BiatrritzLively area - In the thick of the action.Local markets - Good for local colour.Lively - Hip and happening.
La Devinière 11 rooms from $125Saint Jean de Luz, The Basque Country
Utterly charming and individual B&B in the heart of the old town. An eclectic mix of decorations - china, rugs, objects d'art, paintings, and a wonderful library. Minutes from the beach. A really characterful spot.Beach Life - A gorgeous french house on a quiet pedestrian street leading to the main beach, in the heart of the old city.On the beach - In front of the hotel.Recommended by - I Escape
Arguibel 5 rooms from $136Saint-Jean-de-Luz, The Basque Country
A modern villa with a neo-Basque facade. High tech designer rooms focusing on rock'n roll, baroque, or stone spirits, all with private balconies. Walking distance to Michelin starred restaurants and beach sports galore. Ideal for foodies, surfers, and romancers.Foodies - The hotel is within walking distance of 2 michelin star restaurants.Beach LifeLocal markets - Good for local colour.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
Hotel Les Pyrenees 18 rooms from $137Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, The Basque Country
A charming hotel within reach of Bayonne and Biarritz. Contemporary chic rooms and suites with all the mod cons, polished wooden floors, and elegant furnishings. Fabulous restaurant with a Michelin starred chef, pool, and lovely terraces. Excellently placed for local sightseeing.Foodies - Michelin starred chef and inventive cuisine.Sights nearby - Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port itself has many attractions which you can reach by foot.Great walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.
Ithurria 28 rooms from $141Ainhoa, The Basque Country
Charming renovated 17th century inn with Michelin-starred restaurant. A hotel with a rich heritage and an equally rich experience - delicious food, activities aplenty (tennis, swimming, golf), refreshingly simple rooms and family apartments. Foodies, families, fun in the sun.Total relaxation - A warm and welcoming hotel sItuated in tranquil countryside, with a sauna, pool, reading room and lovely gardens.Families - With some large apartments and plenty of activities for everyone to partake in, from table tennis to golf.Sights nearby - Bayonne and Biarritz are a short journey away and well worth checking out.Great walks - Take a stroll around one of the most beautiful villages in France, Ainhoa.Recommended by - Fodors
Château de Clair de Lune 17 rooms from $146Biarritz
Set in a large leafy estate stands a chateau, a hunting lodge and a villa - an ideal spot for foodies, families or groups touring the Basque country. A wonderful restaurant, beautiful period-inspired interiors and lovely garden. A really magnificent place to explore Biarritz.Private villas - There is a separate hunting lodge and a separate villa on the estateFoodies - The restaurant is listed in the Michelin guideWeddings - Romantic manor house, in beautiful groundsFamilies - Lots of space for children to roam
Arraya 20 rooms from $151Sare, The Basque Country
Delightful, family-run hotel in the centre of lovely Sare. It combines the comfort of a modern hotel with the charm of a quintessentially Basque residence - wooden beams, colourful country fabrics, pretty objects d'art and quaint bed spreads. An excellent restaurant too. A charming country abode.Country Escape - A gorgeous property, set in one of France's prettiest villages, at the foothills of the Pyrénées.Sights nearby - Visit the storybook pretty hamlet of Ihalar.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Villa Catarie 16 rooms from $157Saint-Jean-de-Luz, The Basque Country
A gorgeous townhouse hotel in Guethary. Romantic rustic-style rooms and suites filled with sumptuous fabrics and antiques. Beautiful garden, pool, and breakfast terrace. A stunning location for romantics who want to experience the surf, sand and restaurants around.Full of characterSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays
Ostapé 22 rooms from $177Bidarray, The Basque Country
A Pyrenean lodge nestled in the hills with sweeping views over the valley. Giant suites with white washed walls and exposed beams. Swimming pool, spa, and fantastic Basque cuisine. A back to nature experience with comforts designed for romancers, foodies, and even families.Views - View across the Nive valley from a 45 hectare estate.Outstanding location - In the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolFour poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - I Escape, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors
La Maison Oppoca 10 rooms from $179Ainhoa, The Basque Country
A quaint coaching lodge in the historic village of Ainhoa. Traditional rooms keep their charm with exposed stone walls and wooden beams yet have a fresh contemporary feel. Regional cuisine is served in the restaurant. Plenty of outdoor pursuits in the area. Inexpensive, ideal for a country break.Country Escape - A converted coaching lodge with a number of outdoor activities in the surrounding area.Sights nearby - Visit the pretty seaside town of Saint Jean de Luz.Spa
Hotel de Silhouette 20 rooms from $183Biarritz
Airy and contemporary addition to Biarritz’s hotels. A beautiful sandstone building with funky modern rooms and a lovely garden. A charming place to stay, nestled in the town's streets, with great restaurants and a daily market place close by.City Style - Near to the lively centre of the cityBeach Life - Close to the coastLocal markets - Daily market just a few steps awayLively - Close to local hot spots