Where to live year round in the Basque Country?

You have been to the Pays Basque on vacation, but curious about what it's like to live and work there all year round? You are probably also wondering what specific places to consider to live year round. This article will answer these relevant questions related to a potential major move!


Campaign? City? Town? Sea side? A little bit of everything?

Before you narrow down your search, you will first need to decide whether you would prefer to live in a more secluded natural environment, near the beach, or in a town with plenty of amenities. What is unique in the Basque Country is that in some cases you can be close to all three ways of life. You have options. Of course, this preliminary decision will depend on the particular situation of your family, your personal preferences and your professional activity.


BAB - Often the first choice for families all year round

The most remarkable place (around 120 inhabitants in all) where professionals and families live all year round. Pays Basque is known under the name of BAB or Bayonne - Anglet - Biarritz

This is not surprising given the excellent quality of life these places offer. You have access to large schools, shops, culture, gastronomy and beaches. Unfortunately, such a perfect lifestyle doesn't come cheap. BAB is relatively expensive compared to the Basque villages found further inland.




The Basque Coast - The life of a postcard

Basque fishing villages have come a long way from their humble origins. These elegant and well-preserved villages offer stunning views of rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and small populations. However, for the most part, these places are seen primarily as vacation destinations and are filled with second homes.

  • Bidart
  • Guéthary
  • Hendaye
  • Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • Corniche d'Urrugne



North and South Basque Country - For nature lovers (and the best prices)

If you decide to live on the lands of the Basque Country, you will generally and naturally find accommodation at more reasonable prices compared to those on the coast or the BAB. Keep in mind that the drive to Bayonne or Biarritz from these areas can be quite frustrating depending on the time of day. Nevertheless, these districts are perfect places to live all year round which offer an exceptional quality of life, especially for families looking for more space and tranquility. If you are lucky enough to be able to work remotely, a Basque village further inland is certainly worth considering.

These areas offer the best of both worlds. You are always a short drive from the hiking trails, beautiful villages and all the amenities one would need in big cities like Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz or Bayonne.


South Basque Country

  • Ahetz
  • Arbonne
  • Arcangues
  • Ascain
  • Bassussarry
  • Saint-Pee-Sur-Nivelle
  • Urrugne Land
  • Ustaritz
  • Villefranque


North Basque Country

  • Briscous
  • Lahonce
  • Mouwar
  • St. Pierre d'Irude
  • It burned
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In conclusion

Le Pays Basque offers a good quality of life to live all year round, but it is important to know what lifestyle you want before embarking on such a move, because the Basque Country has a choice!

If you are looking to buy a house in the Basque Country, an inland house is probably the most attractive from an investment point of view, as these houses are expected to increase in value considerably over the next few years.