Beaches close to Ainhoa
Which are the best beaches close to Ainhoa?
The beach at Sokoa, just the other side of St Jean de Luz, is also a protected bay. A gently sloping bathing area is safe for children. You can also rent wind-surfers and catamarans.
Saint Jean de Luz – Grande Plage
The Grande Plage in Saint Jean de Luz is half an hour’s drive from Ainhoa. This bay is accessible from the centre of the town and is protected and easy for all levels of swimmers.
Bidart – Ilbarritz Beach
The beach of Ilbarritz is north of Bidart, below the castle of Ilbarritz.
With 300m of sand, this beach is supervised during the summer season, from mid-June to the end of October.
Bidart – Uhabia
Also half an hour from Ainhoa is Bidart and Uhabia beach. It is a wide, sandy beach behind typical basque houses, with 2 free car parks
Biarritz – Côte des Basques
This is the beach where surfing was born in France. It is in an exceptional setting framed by cliffs, with views of the Spanish coast and the mountains. Swimming is only possible at low tide.
Biarritz – Grande Plage
The Grande Plage in Biarritz is the main beach, between the Hôtel du Palais and the Rocher du Basta. There is a casino, café and walkway, but it’s very busy in summer.