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Discover the Basque Country while staying dry

When the rain comes to enrich the land of the Basque Country, there are plenty of exciting activities to discover. Whether you’re passionate about art, history or cuisine, the Basque Country has something for everyone, even in the rain.

Here are a few ideas to keep you busy on rainy days:

Thermal Spa & Thalasso

Pamper yourself at the Cambo-les-Bains thermal spa!

Our teams of wellness experts offer a range of personalized treatments, from soothing massages to revitalizing rituals, sculpting, hydromassage baths, reflexology and natural care.

Enjoy the serenity of the idyllic setting. Peaceful gardens and modern facilities create the perfect environment for a total escape.

And if you want to relax in a thalasso, head for the Thalmar center in Biarritz, where the combination of soothing seawater and expert treatments transports you to a world of absolute relaxation.

There’s nothing like plunging into warm water while watching the raindrops fall outside.

Take a well-deserved break!

Practical information

Access to the Cambo-les-Bains thermal spa is by reservation only. +33 (0)5 59 29 39 02.

Caves of the Basque Country

The caves of the Basque Country offer an excellent rainy-weather activity option, providing natural shelter while exploring captivating geological formations.

Practical information

Visits to the caves are by reservation only.

Tickets are available on their respective websites.

Grottes de Sare : www.grottesdesare.fr

Isturitz and Oxocelhaya caves : www.grottes-isturitz.com

  • The caves of Sare reveal a fascinating underground network that has been sculpted by time, nature and the elements. Stroll through the illuminated galleries and listen to the echoes of a human adventure that has lasted for millennia, on a guided tour accessible to all. Light effects enhance the natural beauty of the caves, creating a magical atmosphere and highlighting the spectacular geological formations.
  • The Isturitz and Oxocelhaya caves in Saint Martin d’Arberoue form a unique underground complex, where archaeological discoveries and exceptional geological formations plunge you into a mysterious world. Accompanied by enthusiastic guides, explore the twists and turns of these prehistoric caves. Discover the history of their discovery and how they have been inhabited over the centuries. Two caves in one and an international reference site!


A breathtaking journey awaits you in the bowels of the earth!

Museums & Castles of the Basque Country

There’s nothing like an afternoon at the museum when it’s raining!

We recommend taking shelter in the heart of Basque history!

The Bayonne Basque Museumis dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Basque culture. It offers visitors a captivating insight into the traditions, crafts, language and history of our community.

Then continue your immersion with a visit to an Etxe (house in Basque). La Basque House Ortillopitz is a living testimony to traditional Basque architecture. Built in the 17th century, it has been carefully preserved to offer visitors a true immersion in the past. In the Basque Country, a house is more than a piece of property or architecture: it’s a memory and a history.

For a change of scenery, head to Château Abbadia Observatory an architectural and scientific gem, with a breathtaking view of the ocean and a fascinating history of astronomy. Built in the 19th century by architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc for scientist Antoine d’Abbadie and his wife, Château Abbadia is a unique example of neo-Gothic architecture. It also houses an astronomical observatory that has played an important role in the study of the night sky.

Practical information

Tickets for Château Observatoire Abbadia are on sale at the Cambo-les-Bains Tourist Office.

Basque know-how

Leave your umbrella at the entrance and push open the doors of our craftsmen’s workshops, where tradition and creativity meet to give life to unique works of art.

Our artisans will share their passion, answer your questions and discuss the story behind each creation.

The addresses we’ve selected for you in case of rain :

The Banaka bead workshop in Cambo-les-Bains

At Banaka, the beads tell a story and the creations are works of art. This workshop is the place where tradition and creativity intertwine to give birth to one-of-a-kind jewels.

The Makhila workshop in Larressore

L ‘Atelier du Makhila perpetuates the age-old skill of making Basque walking sticks, known as “Makila”. Each piece is the fruit of meticulous craftsmanship handed down from generation to generation. Today, the seventh generation of the Ainciart Bergara family is at the helm!

The espadrilles in Ossès

This boutique-museum celebrates the traditional craftsmanship of espadrille, the emblematic symbol of Basque know-how. A fascinating story in the world of shoes that conquered France.

Goicoechea pottery in Ossès

Goicoechea pottery embodies the heritage of several generations of craftsmen, dedicated to creating exceptional pottery where each piece is a work of art shaped by hand with passion and expertise. In addition to the showroom, an educational circuit and a video room overlooking the workshops enable visitors to immerse themselves a little further in their world.

Lartigue weaving in Ascain

Lartigue embodies the excellence of traditional Basque weaving and has been preserving this artisanal heritage since 1910. Discover the expertise of Maison Lartigue during a guided tour of the workshops, where the team will share their manufacturing secrets with you.

The glassblower in Saint-Jean-le-Vieux

This workshop embodies the soul of glass craftsmanship. Alexandre’s imagination and precision combine to create unique pieces of creativity and craftsmanship that capture the light and the imagination.

 

Exhibition venues

Rain can be an excellent opportunity to discover the cultural treasures of the Basque Country.

Start your discovery at the espace culturel Assantza in Cambo-les-Bains, which offers permanent and temporary exhibitions. Among the permanent exhibitions, one is dedicated to the painter Pablo Tillac and the second to the sculptor Jesus Echeverria, two artists who lived in Cambo.

Then on to the Ospitalea d’Irissarry commandery Founded by the Order of Malta, it has now been converted into the Centre départemental d’éducation au patrimoine. Here, you can discover local heritage and culture through events and exhibitions.

Finally, we’re off to Didam in Bayonne a contemporary art space featuring exhibitions by regional artists and big names in national and international photography.

A shopping spree

Grab your best umbrella and take a stroll through the picturesque streets of Cambo-les-Bains to discover the local boutiques.

If you love reading, visit Chez Margot bookshop.

If you prefer deco boutiques, head for Kukuka.

And if you’re more into fashion, there’s no shortage of stores: Naia Boutik, Apirila 14, Banaka, Fashion Takoin, Galerie d’Artigas, Fabrika and more.

Shopping in the rain can also be an opportunity to discover unique places you might not otherwise have explored.

Going to the movies in the rain is a great way to stay dry and entertained! Check the current program, find the time of the session, bring your plaid and don’t forget the popcorn.

And if the weather is really gloomy, why not do a double session?

Practical information

Consult the cinema program on : www.moncine.fr

Gourmet break in a tearoom

What better way to brighten up a rainy day than with a gourmet break in one of our charming tearooms?

Let yourself be seduced by Salon Cyrano ‘s menu of fragrant teas and gourmet coffees. Then accompany your hot drink with a succulent home-made pastry. Brownie, chocolate fondant, lemon tart and, of course, Basque cake on your snack menu.

Or try your hand at Oihana tea room . The menu of this small tearoom changes daily, and the homemade treats are lovingly prepared, gluten-free, plant-based & ORGANIC to satisfy as many people as possible.

A warm and tasty experience that’s sure to turn dreariness into sweetness!

Whether it’s a downpour, drizzle, drizzle or heavy rain, there’s no stopping you!
Make rainy days just as memorable as sunny ones.

What to do in case of rain

Eglise Saint Laurent

Eglise Saint Laurent

The town of Cambo-les-Bains preserve a typical basque church : the Saint-Laurent’s Church. The church has been built on the XVII century. Reshuffled several times, the church is now composed by an…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Espace culturel Assantza

Espace culturel Assantza

Assantza domain is one of the oldest place in Cambo. It was before made up of the church and of the main part of “Haut-Cambo”. Cambo first took the name of “Assantza”,…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Banaka

Banaka

Banaka is a workshop of glass pearl fabrication. The creator, Nathalie Gonzalez delivers her secrets about her multicolor pearls realization. Discover the several masterpieces in the shop and the gallery, which welcome…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Cinéma l'Aiglon

Cinéma l’Aiglon

The cinema offers different kind of movies, for all publics. Located in the city center of Cambo, the cinema has a close parking and its room is air-conditioned. Program monthly avaiable at…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
La Chapelle aux icônes

La Chapelle aux icônes

This little chapel is an original place nestled on a street corner, on the path leading to the Colline de la bergerie. With its Labourdin-style exterior, it’s hard to imagine the surprise…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Musée Chocolaterie Puyodebat

Musée Chocolaterie Puyodebat

Immerse yourself in childhood souvenirs with the visit of the museum. You will know eveything about the history and the fabrication of chocolate, from the cocoa beans importation to the cooking. After…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Les ateliers dégustations Kultur Piment

Les ateliers dégustations Kultur Piment

A farming estate since 1856, the Lurmintoën Borda farm has seen generations of farmers. In 2011, Jean-Baptiste turned to growing PDO Espelette chillies. From seed selection to planting, from harvesting to the…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Ferme Harizkazuia

Ferme Harizkazuia

The Harizkazuia Farm strechs on the heights of Cambo-les-Bains, at 10 minuts only from the city center. A passionate apiculturist produces an organic honey and had decided to hand over his knowledge…

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Thermes de Cambo Les Bains

Thermes de Cambo Les Bains

In the middle of neo-byzantine mosaic setting, the vast thermo-mineral swimming pool and its powerful bracing jets, the white kaolin bath and the “Orient style” steam baths combine body and mind benefits.

CAMBO-LES-BAINS
Bipia

Bipia

Bipia is an artisanal production company that has been making Espelette chilli products in Larressore since 1997. Most of the production operations are carried out by hand. Bipia offers a range of…

LARRESSORE
Makhila Ainciart Bergara

Makhila Ainciart Bergara

This workshop has existed for over 200 years with the same family working there using the same secret techniques. Makhilas d’Honneur have been made in this workshop for the great and noble…

LARRESSORE
Atelier du Piment

Atelier du Piment

Welcome to the Atelier du Piment, a place of work and life created in 2002, where you can meet authentic and tasty people. From the field to the tasting, the Atelier du…

ESPELETTE
Chocolat Antton

Chocolat Antton

Since 1993, Antton Chocolatier has been perpetuating the chocolate tradition of the Basque Country. The chocolatiers share their passion by inviting you into the workshop. The visit accompanied by a guide lasts…

ESPELETTE
Ferme Agerria

Ferme Agerria

Ferme Agerria is located 15 minutes from Hasparren, near the Grottes d’Isturitz and Oxocelhaya, in the peaceful village of Saint-Martin-d’Arberoue. Maitena, Bernadette and Jean Claude invite you to share their passion for…

SAINT-MARTIN-D’ARBEROUE
Poteries Goicoechea

Poteries Goicoechea

In the heart of the Basque Country, ten minutes from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and 40 minutes from Biarritz, come and discover the Goicoechea pottery in Ossès, in the artisans’ village. We recommend a detour…

OSSES
La Cité de l'Océan

La Cité de l’Océan

The Cité de l’Océan is a fun-scientific space dedicated to understanding the ocean. The structure innovates by its architecture and its content, the ocean in all its forms is presented there. The…

BIARRITZ
Grottes Préhistoriques de Sare
Bookable online

Grottes Préhistoriques de Sare

Observation of the geological formations so particular to the cave (small plateau-like structures, tubes, meandres, dwelling site, etc.) Discover the origins of the Basque People and their mythology according to the work…

SARE
Savonnerie artisanale Etxean Egina

Savonnerie artisanale Etxean Egina

Just ten minutes from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the soap factory is located in the heart of the beautiful village of Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry. Our Etxean Egina artisanal soap factory uses the traditional, ancestral method of cold…

SAINT-ETIENNE-DE-BAIGORRY
Bordatto Etxaldea

Bordatto Etxaldea

10 minutes from Saint Jean Pied de Port, the Bordatto estate is located in the village of Jaxu. In the heart of the Basque mountains, you will discover a producer of wine…

JAXU
Musée de la chaise

Musée de la chaise

Situated on the borders of the Basque Country, the Landes and Béarn, Came is the village of the cellars by tradition. Workshops for the manufacture of chairs were set up in the…

CAME
Abbaye d'Arthous

Abbaye d’Arthous

From this abbey founded in the twelfth century, you will remember the beauty of the stone sprung from a green setting, the pleasure of a break in a place that breathes the…

HASTINGUES
Cave d'Irouleguy

Cave d’Irouleguy

The Cave d’Irouléguy, founded in 1952 by 9 winegrowers, now represents a collective of 36 cooperative members. Located in the heart of the Basque country, the grapes come from vines planted on…

SAINT-ETIENNE-DE-BAIGORRY
Maison Barthouil
Bookable online

Maison Barthouil

For 3 generations, we’ve been making foie gras and smoking salmon in Peyrehorade, in the Pays d’Orthe. The history of Maison Barthouil is closely linked to this region of the southern Landes,…

PEYREHORADE
Espadrilles Don Quichosse

Espadrilles Don Quichosse

Don Quichosse espadrilles are unique pieces hand-sewn in the town of Mauléon-Licharre, in the heart of the Basque Country. This town has been famous for its production of handcrafted espadrilles since the…

MAULEON-LICHARRE
Cave des Producteurs de Jurançon

Cave des Producteurs de Jurançon

First attraction of Béarn, sixth most visited France and the first company producing Jurançon Cave de Gan – Jurançon welcomes you free all year for a moment of conviviality and sharing around…

GAN