5 good reasons to live in the Basque Country

Thinking of settling in the Basque Country, but hesitating because of clichés about rainy weather or a non-existent economy? This article is for you. We'll cover these typical arguments and give you other good reasons to pack your bags.

Here are 5 good reasons to live in the Basque Country:

1. Gastronomy

Basque cuisine is varied and has character, just like the Basques. This is surely due to its proximity to the ocean, Spain and the hinterland.

Espelette pepper is the staple of Basque cuisine, and probably the best known. It is not only used in sauces that accompany meat or fish, but it is also found in Basque blood sausages and pâté, offering a subtle and spicy touch.

Sheep cheese (Ossau-Iraty), fresh fish, seafood, Bayonne ham, Basque cake, black cherry jam, wine and beer are great specialties of the Basque Country. Bayonne chocolate is another notable delicacy. All these specialties alone would be reason enough to settle indefinitely in the Basque Country.

These products are found almost everywhere in the Basque Country. Each city has its own market where the producers of these products are located. Even the huge supermarkets in the Basque Country support local producers by selling locally made products. On the other hand, it is always better to go directly to the source!


2. The environment

With breathtaking views of the Pyrenees, fine sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and charming architecture, the Basque Country is considered one of the most beautiful regions in France. Not only does exploring the surroundings refresh the spirit, but it also serves as a playground for all ages.

Hiking, surfing, skiing, snowboarding, cycling, golf and horse riding are all activities accessible to lovers of the great outdoors who are lucky enough to live in the Basque Country. If you don't like outdoor sports, having a beer on a beach is another wonderful activity you can enjoy any time of the year without ever having to wait for the next vacation again!

The beaches are more child-friendly in the Basque Country than in the Landes. The waves and currents are less powerful, and the bay of Saint Jean de Luz is completely protected from the waves.

With Spain so close, you can take a day trip for a change of pace. Be sure to enjoy Rioja and tapas while you're there. It was nothing.


3. Moderate climate

Despite its reputation for non-stop rain, the Basque Country enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year with more than manageable climatic fluctuations. Fall and winter are cool (not cold), spring usually comes early, and summer is not unbearably hot. Although it often rains in winter, it remains very mild. On average, the sun is present 50% of the time. Just be sure to get a Basque beret to protect yourself from the elements in style while respecting the cultural heritage of the Basque Country!

If you are a surfer, board shorts or a 3/2mm wetsuit are fine in the summer, but a 4/3mm wetsuit with booties, gloves and a hood is necessary throughout the winter months.


4. A growing economy with low unemployment

Unemployment in the Pays Basque region of France is lower than in the rest of France (8,4% compared to 10,9%), and the number of job openings increases steadily each year. The vast majority of jobs in the Basque Country are based in the service, surfing, aeronautics and agri-food industries. However, more and more young innovative entrepreneurs and “digital nomads” are heading to the Basque Country to live all year round in one of the most popular tourist destinations and enjoy an unparalleled quality of life see on instagram: #jevielaoutuparsenvacances

Many large companies are adopting remote working, which allows inhabitants of megacities to settle in the Basque Country and have a healthier and more fulfilling daily life around the simple pleasures of life. The beach is better than the ring road.


5. Real estate is a safe bet

With such a magnificent environment and great accessibility (international airport in Biarritz and train stations), investing in real estate in the Basque Country will probably not put you at risk for the future. As people continue to move to the Basque Country, the value of real estate will only increase. This trend was all the more visible in 2020, as the COVID crisis demonstrated how important it is to live in a healthy, oxygenated environment.

As the Basque Country is a very popular destination for luxury tourism, your investments can turn into a source of regular income, and even more so during the summer months.


Ready for the big start?

If you have made your decision and want to live in the Basque Country, contact O'Plus Immobilier so that we can help you settle in the best conditions! If you don't need any help, just stop by and say hello. Our office is located in one of the best flea markets in the Basque Country, the “O'Plus flea market“, which has existed for almost 30 years where you can find unique pieces to complete your Basque interior.