Bidart, in the heart of the Basque Coast
5 minutes from the campsite, Bidart is an authentic Basque village built on high cliffs. Nestled between Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in the heart of the Basque coast in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Region, it is an ideal destination to enjoy a wide range of cultural, gastronomic and sporting activities, to recharge your batteries, to relax and to have fun.
A holiday to combine beach, surf and camping!
With 5 km of supervised beaches in season, Bidart has very pretty sandy areas for swimming and water sports of all kinds: surfing, bodyboarding, longboarding, stand-up paddle...
No less than 6 beaches and numerous surf schools are available for the pleasure of campers looking for idleness and thrills. To the north, Ilbarritz beach is the most family-friendly beach in Bidart. To the south, Parlementia beach is very popular with surfers for its world-famous wave. At the foot of the cliff, Erretegia beach is the starting point of the Coastal Trail.
Culture and heritage, at the heart of Basque traditions!
Your camping holiday in Bidart will also be an opportunity to discover the local culture and traditions: Basque song and traditional dance (Mutxiko), Basque power games and pelota games, not to mention the cuisine on offer every Tuesday of the summer in the village square.
You haven't tasted the famous Basque cake yet?! Visit the Moulin de Bassilour, an old mill dating back to 1741 and renowned for its regional pastries: cream cakes and black cherry jams, shortbreads, metures (corn flour breads) and loaves (aniseed corn cakes). Here's something to enjoy!
Other skills to discover: the workshop of the Basque Knifemakers where the authentic Mizpira is made, an artisanal pocket knife made of scarified medlar, but also the workshop Ona Pilota which perpetuates an emblematic tradition of the Basque Country by making balls and chisteras by hand.
As for heritage, Bidart is not lacking in attractions: old labourdine houses, churches, chapels, laundrette...
Above the ocean, you can discover the Chapelle de la Madeleine and its esplanade, one of the most emblematic sites in Bidart. A few steps away, the Second World War Memorial recalls the fate of Basque refugees from Spain, the bombings of Biarritz and the Basque Resistance during the occupation. A little further on, you can visit the church of Our Lady of the Assumption (16th century), which houses oriental style baptismal font donated by Queen Nathalie of Serbia in 1902.
Further north stands the impressive castle of Ilbarritz, perched atop Handia Hill. It was built in 1897 by Gustave Huguenin for Baron Albert de l'Espée to house the largest organ ever designed for a private individual.
To the south, on the Atalaye plateau, at the end of Parlementia beach, the "Koskenia" watchtower is also worth a visit. It was once used as a whale-watching observation post, an activity that had been firmly established in Bidart since the 16th century.
The Coastal Trail hike
From Erretegia de Bidart beach, the "Sentier du Littoral" offers a great opportunity to explore the Basque coast as far as Hendaye (25 kilometres).
On the way, you will discover the esplanade of the Sainte-Madeleine de Bidart chapel, the small port of Guéthary, the tip of Sainte Barbe (one of the most beautiful lookouts on the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz), the Basque Corniche and its cliffs and the Château d'Abbadia to finish at the foot of the 2 Twins rocks on the large beach of Hendaye.
Many other hiking routes will allow you to discover, among others, the Uhabia valley, the cliffs of Ilbarritz and its castle or Lake Mouriscot (Natura 2000 classified site) between Bidart and Biarritz.
Activities and leisure for the whole family
Between water sports, golf, Basque pelota, hiking and leisure parks... Bidart offers a wide range of activities and leisure activities for the whole family. During your camping holiday in Bidart, take the opportunity to learn about Basque pelota - Cesta Punta and Grand Chistera - on the cancha of the Grand Fronton.
Golf lover? Discover the golf course of Ilbarritz, a giant practice that is among the most prestigious on the Basque coast. Its 9-hole course offers a magnificent view of the ocean!
Finally, if you are looking for an idea for an outing with the children, head for the Bid' A Parc! On the program: tree climbing, rides, inflatable games, zip lines, trampolines, small horses and animal park in the heart of a palm grove.
Moulin de Bassilour
Immerse yourself in one of the finest Basque traditions.
1129 rue Bassilour – 64210 BIDART
05 59 41 94 49
Restaurant du Moulin
Rue Bassilour - 64210 ARBONNE
05 59 41 94 01