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Pays Basque - Countryside

Basque Country

With the doubt of any beach can be more pleasant than the ones in Arcachon, we started our trip towards the boarder of France and Spain; the Pays Basque. This area within France is known for its big red chilli peppers, which have nice spicy taste, but not too hot. The local products like the spicy chocolate or mustard is worth trying, also the local dishes prepared heavily spiced with the pepper is a real treat.

Pays Basque - Countryside
Pays Basque - Hills
Pays Basque - Contrast
Pays Basque - Colorful Street
Rue colorée.
Pays Basque - Fish Dish
Pays Basque - Brasserie
Pays Basque - Night
Ambiance de nuit.

The cities in Pays Basque on the French side and the Spanish side are completely different: Housing wise the French has kept their poetic countryside style, while the Spanish side constructed completely with the post industrial age’s concrete blocks. The difference remains if we compare the people: French as the way we know them to be, stay quite relaxed especially in the small villages where only tourists visit; while the Spanish shows their enthusiastic characters in the impressive and restless way.

Pays Basque - Touristic Beach
Plage touristique.
Pays Basque - Marina
Port du Pays-Basque.
Pays Basque - Beach
Plage du Pays-Basque.
Biarritz - Beach
Plage à Biarritz.
Biarritz - Rocher de la Vierge
Rocher de la Vierge.
Pays Basque - The Castle of Ilbarritz - B&W
The Castle of Ilbarritz.
Pays Basque - The Castle of Ilbarritz
The Castle of Ilbarritz.

As tourists coming from France, we were quite surprised by this part of Spain. There were tapas street that never sleeps with great food, crowded people and streets full of litters; There were shops and bars remained utterly in the 80s, with people dressed also in the old fashioned way, faces sparked by the disco balls rotating on top of their heads; There were celebrations or revolutions going on, with every single man, woman, child taking days off and going on the street, wearing colorful costumes to show their opinion.

Pays Basque - Spanish Side
In Spain.
San Sebastián - Tapas Bar
Tapas Bar.
San Sebastián - Tapas Street
Tapas Street.
San Sebastián - Plaza de la Constitución
Plaza de la Constitución.

This is an area made too fragmental to put together for a big picture. Only a couple hours drive around along the boarder, you will be wondering around in many different worlds or times. But as long as the good food follows, we shall smile.

Cap-Ferret - Flowers

Bassin d’Arcachon

This is the part of South France that is not so famous, and you’d rather it stay this way. Maybe I should not write much about it, so I can keep it all to myself.

Arcachon - Seagull

There is the forest, so vast, so deep.
There is the endless coastline, the waves rise high.
Then there is the Dune, in the middle of the two; only to lift you up closer to the sky.

Le Teich - Woods Path
Path in the woods, at Le Teich.


Arcachon - Stairs
Direction l'océan.


Arcachon - Beach
La Lagune Sud.


Arcachon - Seagull
Une mouette.


Arcachon - Boat and the Great Dune
Un voilier en face de la Dune du Pyla.

There you are guaranteed for a tan. Afterwards you can always take a walk with the refreshing air to cool yourself down. You can also pick some mushrooms for dinner, on your way home through the forest, then later on get drunk with the world’s finest wine.

Vous êtes assuré d’un beau bronzage ici ! Et vous pouvez toujours marcher ensuite pour profiter de l’air pur pour vous rafraîchir. Vous pouvez aller aussi cueillir quelques champignons pour le dîner, sur la route du retour à la maison, via la forêt. Pour plus tard finir saoul, enivré par les meilleurs vins du monde.

Arcachon - Bassin d'Arcachon
Vue du bassin depuis La Teste de Buch.


Arcachon - Kitesurf
Le kitesurf, un sport de plus en plus populaire.


Arcachon - Flying Kitesurf
Impressionnant ! Quand je retournerai vivre en France, ça sera surf et/ou kitesurf, clairement !


Arcachon - Stormy Waters
La raison pour laquelle je ne vivrais jamais sur la Côte d'Azur.

One would easily describe this as luxurious enjoyment. But I would avoid it because it is so natural. You do not need any 5 star hotels to ensure a private beach, the beach is generous enough for everyone to have as much privacy as you wish. You would not need to go to a fancy restaurant to get a nice bottle of wine, the wine yards are all close by, within your driving range.

Cap-Ferret - Flowers
Un beau ciel, de belles fleurs !


Cap Ferret - Quiet Seashore
Un petit littoral tranquille et reposant.


Cap-Ferret - Beach
Plage du Cap-Ferret, côté Bassin d'Arcachon.


Le Teich - Swamp
Au fond du Bassin d'Arcachon.


Arcachon - Casino
Casino d'Arcachon.

If you linger around the beach at night, the whole world is yours; the stars so low and the sea so enchanting. You can easily lose yourself completely and helplessly, in front of the pure nature. It is such a impressive place, that one would need to gather up courage in order to face it without trembling; while at the same time feeling the absolute peace, that takes everyone home to where we came from, a very long time ago.

Arcachon - Fireworks
Feu d'artifice du 14 Juillet, à Arcachon.


Le Teich - Moon
La lune, vue de la maison, au Teich !


Dune du Pyla - At The Top

The Great Dune of Pyla

There will be also a few tips for visiting the Dune all throughout this article.

Dune du Pyla - From The Other Side
Vue du côté du Cap-Ferret. Le Bassin d'Arcachon, c'est bien-sûr ce qui se trouve au milieu.

Take a jacket. You are probably hot on the way up but quite windy at the top. Try the not so touristy part. The view is more impressive when it is only the forest, the dune, the sea and you on your own.

Dune du Pyla - Smell of Spice
Habille-toi de ton distille, et prépare toi aux bouffées d'épices !

Take off your shoes. Walking on the soft sand is much easier and more comfortable without shoes. It also saves you the trouble of dumping the sand out of your shoes later on. 

Dune du Pyla - At The Top
Sur la Dune.

Try to avoid putting your bag on the sand, unless is properly sealed. Also, make sure there is nothing in your pocket before you sit on the sand, unless you want to spend the next couple weeks cleaning the sand in your wallet/mobile.

Dune du Pyla - Arcachon's Beaches
Vue sur les plages d'Arcachon.
Dune du Pyla - Paraglider
Dune du Pyla - Ornithopter
Hello there!
Dune du Pyla - Kynes' Dream
Une vue toute relative.


Dune du Pyla - Arrakis
Arrakis. Un ver des sables se profile au loin.
Dune du Pyla - Going Down
La descente est de loin plus facile, et surtout fun !

Run downhill, or roll down if you prefer, for this is the most fun part! It might look real steep and pretty scary from the top. But you can never fall because you every step will be deeply stuck in the sand. And even if you do fall, the dune will always catch you with more than enough cushioning.

Dune du Pyla - Sea of Trees
L'océan d'un côté, une mer d'arbres de l'autre.