What you need to know before traveling to Pyrénées Atlantiques

The Pyrénées-Atlantiques is perfect for those who love active holidays, You can cross country ski or downhill ski during the winter. In summer, you can climb the mountains or hike the trails. Forest of Iraty is great to explore. Here you have a grand stand of beech trees on a plateau. In Barritz, activities like beach games and sports are organised all year round. Barritz water sports include some of the very best surfing in the region. Other Barritz activities include the casino and sun bathing or playing volleyball on any of the resort’s three great beaches. For a change, visit one of the few Barritz cultural attractions such as the Museum of the Sea.

The Pyrénées-Atlantiques region is also home to several other cities and villages with much to offer visitors. At St. Jean-de-Luz, there are very chic shops and the Basque Church of St. John the Baptist. It is triple-galleries with a 17th century altarpiece. In the fortified market town of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, you can take part in a number of cultural and historical activities. Here, you can join in the salmon fishing championship. You can visit the 16th century Château de Nays or the decorative art collection in the Château de Laâs.

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