June on the basque coast is the best way to enjoy the area !
If you’re interested in outdoor leisure activities,
it’s the ideal time for exploring the “Montagne de la Rhune”, the Basque Country’s iconic summits that rises to a height of 905 metres. At the top you’ll have a spectacular panoramic view of the ocean and the mountains. If you’re feeling brave, you can do the return trip on foot; otherwise you can do up on the miniature rack railway then walk back down along one of the hiking trails. On the way, stop for a picnic with the “pottoks”, small wild horses typical of the Basque Country, which live in semi-freedom on the Rhune massif.
If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, why not try an accompanied night-time walk, including sunset over the ocean, a shepherd’s snack meal and a torchlight descent.
With the fine weather, activities and entertainment invade the village squares and streets.
It’s the time for village festivals,
as in Arcangues, which kicks off the season in early June with 6 days of celebrations that include concerts, traditional games and Basque gastronomy. And there are plenty more opportunities for festival-lovers to get together before the big event in Bayonne at the end of July.
If you’d like to experience some Basque dancing, try the “Mutxiko” or, more simply, go to one of the shows at which popular dances from the 7 provinces are performed.
And when the Festival of Music comes to celebrate the arrival of summer on 21 June, there’ll be lots of choirs and bands to listen to. Basque choirs, such as Oldarra, which are either men’s or mixed groups, will thrill you with the sound of traditional Country songs at concerts in one of the region’s pretty churches.
There are also a lot of sporting competitions at this time of year. Basque Pelota – Cesta Punta or Grand Chistera style – is played on the courts of Biarritz for the Town Challenge. In Bidart, the large wall attracts world champions and the top players of the moment, while enthusiasts can watch real Basque Pelota matches played bare-handed against the little wall.
Do not forget beach time …
the weather, already hot, allows to lounge in the sun and take a few colors, the sea is a little fresh but delicious as soon as we managed to get in! The Erretegia Beach in Bidart can be reached in a few minutes walk from Villa Kaioa by the Coastal Path.
Time flies when you’re on holiday, but fortunately the days are fine and long in June, so you can enjoy everything that the Basque Country has to offer..