Dining In The Port City of Saint-Malo, Bretagne

In the land of Butter, Buckwheat Crêpes and Gallets Créps are an everyday affair in much of France, but you can’t come to Brittany if you don’t like buckwheat, the gluten-free, rich in vegetable protein, fiber and anti-oxidants, the highly nutritious staple referred to as Brittany’s black gold.  Creperies are everywhere where you can enjoy this taste of…

Exploring Cap-Ferret

Lunch at La Canfouine-au-Canon, Lège-Cap-Ferret After a morning touring Cap-Ferret, we enjoyed a typical feast overlooking the bay at La Canfouine-au-Canon.  The day was warm and sunny, the oysters and shrimp perfect, and the bottle of Le Canon De Cote Montpezat Rose chilled! Contact Iberian Traveler – Maribel’s Guides to request a custom itinerary to explore the…

Where To Dine On The Côte Basque Part 1

Saint-Jean-de-Luz If you come in to Saint-Jean to shop and would like lunch during the high season, I highly recommend taking refuge from the hordes, far away from Rue Gambetta, Place Saint Louis and the touristy “restaurant row” of rue de la République, with two notable exceptions, the first, Kaiku, on rue de la République…

The Pays Basque Countryside

Exploring the lovely Bucolic Countryside from the Atlantic to Béarn Full-day excursions covering the Labourd, Basse-Navarre and Soule provinces of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques are possible starting either from San Sebastián-Donostia or Hondarribia on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, or from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz or Bayonne on the France side.  The day-long excursions will take you through…

Lodging in the Pays Basque

You’ll find accommodations to fit all budgets in the French Basque Country, from the historic 5-star Hôtel du Palais, luxury boutique hotel Beaumanoir, or the Belle Époque Le Régina in Biarritz, to more moderately priced 3-star accommodations like Hôtel Edouard VII  in Biarritz, 4-star Hôtel Ithurria in Ainhoa, the 3-star country inn, Hotel Arcé, in…

Stars of the Côte Basque Part 3

Bayonne The Spiritual Capital of the Pays Basque For genuine, un-touristy Basque flavor, venture a little further up the coast from the elegant, bustling resort of Biarritz to the quintessentially Basque city of Bayonne, or Baïona in Basque, once the most important commercial port on the coast and the spiritual capital of the Pays Basque. …

The Côte Basque – Biarritz 2019

Biarritz A quick 15-minute drive up the autoroute from Saint-Jean-de-Luz is the elegant, stately, and formerly very staid, international resort, the crown jewel of the Côte Basque, Biarritz, a Four-Flower Village (Ville Fleurie) with a climate similar to Carmel, California.  The more time we spend in Biarritz, the more we fall under its spell.  While…

Stars of the Côte Basque Part 1

Saint-Jean-de-Luz Known as Donibane Lohizune in Basque, is a charming, lively, sophisticated, but extremely busy in summer, tuna, sardine and anchovy fishing port with 5 sandy beaches, turned tourist draw.  Take a walk atop the seawall on the Promenade Jacques Thibault.  Survey the sardine boats moored in the small, protected harbor, or stroll along the…