Photo the best views of the Basque Country Biarritz

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Discover the splendor of the Basque Country through the best views of the region!

The Basque Country is full of jewels offering breathtaking views, and we’ve prepared an exclusive list to guide you to the most extraordinary panoramas!

Sunset at the summit of Artzamendi

At an altitude of 900 m in the commune of Itxassou, the summit of Artzamendi is the ideal spot to admire a sunset over the mountains .

Marvel at the spectacle as the sun paints the sky in warm, golden hues.

The last rays of daylight kiss the mountain peaks, creating a magical, romantic atmosphere, before disappearing on the Mondarrain side.

Good to know

  • It’s possible to reach the summit by car, but this is a narrow mountain road, so it’s common to have to stop when two cars pass each other.
  • Bring your camera.

Sainte-Barbe hill

Located on the coastal path, the pointe de Saint-Barbe offers the finest viewpoint over the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz .

From the top of the hill, enjoy an exceptional panoramic view of this charming coastal town. Calm waters and golden beaches create an idyllic coastal landscape. In front of you, offshore boats, bathers, flysch cliffs, colorful buildings and, in the background, the peaks of the Rhune and Trois Couronnes mountains.

A viewpoint that blends mountains, ocean and Basque architecture.

Good to know

  • Settle down on the grass for an impromptu picnic, or enjoy a drink on the terrace at the guinguette.

La Rhune

The mythical summit of the Basque Country, La Rhune, or Larrun in Basque, offers panoramic views of the Atlantic coast from its 905 m altitude. a panoramic view of the Atlantic coast the surrounding mountains, and even beyond the Spanish border.

The scenery can be explored on foot (difficult hikes) or by train. During your ascent, you’ll come across the mountain’s inhabitants: pottok (small Basque horse), flocks of sheep and griffon vultures.

Good to know

  • It is strongly recommended that you book your tickets in advance, especially during the tourist season, to avoid long queues at www.rhune.com
  • To make sure you get a good view, we recommend checking the weather forecast before you go.
  • Don’t forget to take a jacket, as temperatures can vary with altitude.
  • Grab your camera and capture the magic moments.

The citadel of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Built at an altitude of 80m on the Mendiguren hill, the Vauban citadel offers a panoramic view of the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port .

It can be reached on foot via Rue de la Citadelle, or by car via Chemin de la Porte de Saint-Jacques.

Once you’re up there, you’ll be able to enjoy views of the tiled roofs and surrounding peaks in a place steeped in history.

Good to know

  • Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a famous stage on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

The Route Impériale des Cimes

Taken by Napoleon’s troops in the early 19th century during the Spanish War of Independence, the Route Impériale des Cimes (D22) provides a 53 km link between Bayonne and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

A small country road, it offers a variety of views of the mountains and Basque villages.

From Cambo, head towards Hasparren to join this axis and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views over the Pyrenees.

Good to know

  • Take care not to drive too fast, as you may come across flocks of sheep on their way to the fields or sheepfold.
Photo of the Route des Cîmes Cambo-les-Bains in the Basque Country

Jaizkibel

From Hendaye, on the outskirts of Hondarribia, take the road leading to Mount Jaizkibel to take in the sights!

Along this itinerary, which takes you to Pasaia Donibane, a typical little port with colorful houses, you’ll discover a little corner of paradise with a breathtaking view of the ocean and mountains .

For nature lovers, the Jaizkibel is a must-do hike in the Basque Country, offering a variety of landscapes, from verdant woods to rocky ridges.

Good to know

  • Be careful around the ocean, as the waves can be surprising.

Le Mont Urgull Saint-Sébastien

Overlooking the bay of La Concha, Mont Urgull offers one of the city’s most spectacular views .

It’s the ideal place to admire the coastline, the picturesque port and San Sebastian’s unique architecture.

The mountain’s paths are also steeped in history, as you discover the fortifications and ramparts, remnants of the town’s various battles over the centuries. At the summit, the 12-metre-high statue of the Sacred Heart has watched over San Sebastián since 1950.

Good to know

  • There are several routes to the summit of Mount Urgull: from the Basilica of Santa Maria, opposite the San Telmo Museum or from the Paseo Nuevo.
  • The mountain opposite also offers a superb view. This is Mount Igeldo.

L’esplanade du phare in Biarritz

The esplanade offers a splendid view of Biarritzthe beaches and as far as the summit of the Three Crowns in Spain.

Take advantage of the panoramic view to enjoy a drink in the shade of the plane trees at the Lighthouse Pavilion (open only in season).

For an even clearer view of the coast, climb to the top of the Biarritz lighthouse. At 73m, it’s the ideal vantage point from which to observe the tides, the infinite blue of the ocean, the famous surfers and the horizon of the Basque coast.

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The Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine in Bidart

Nestled in the hills above Bidart, the Chapelle Sainte-Madeleine welcomes you to an exceptional setting.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it offers a panoramic view that captures the magic of the Basque coastline.

Reputed to be the oldest in the commune, it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1817 and rebuilt in 1820.

Good to know

  • Join the chapel early in the morning to watch the sun rise over the ocean horizon.

Kostaldea in Anglet

Perched on the heights of Anglet, Kostaldea offers an unbeatable panorama of the Atlantic Ocean. .

Let yourself be lulled by a lounge atmosphere, with soft music and a soothing sea breeze, while enjoying a cocktail in front of a sublime sunset.

Good to know

  • Observation point: Esplanade Yves Brunaud 64600 Anglet.