What to do in the Basque Country when it rains?

Au Pays Basque, the average annual rainfall is 1 mm, double that of the Côte d'Azur. It even rains more than in Brittany! It is the Pyrenees that stop the clouds, and provide additional rainfall. In the Pays Basque, there is a meteorological phenomenon called the fohn effect. It occurs ahead of a disturbance, when a southerly wind occurs. The windward side of the Pyrenees is the object of heavy rainfall.

Fortunately, we are not bored here despite the weather. Here are some activities to do when it rains in the Basque Country.

Cazenave in Bayonne

Le Salon de The Cazenave located Bayonne is a perfect place to spend a rainy day. Real chocolate lovers should order the “old fashioned chocolate”.

Pierre Martin Cazenave, 22 years old, founded in 1854 rue Lormand in Bayonne the chocolate factory which has since bears his name. He transferred his factory and his shop to 19 rue des Arceaux in 1864, where a famous chocolate factory had already existed there for more than a century.

The Arceaux chocolate factory will become this elegant tea room whose furniture, Limoges crockery with its roses and the so characteristic decor of mirrors, woodwork and stained glass still exist.


Visit the Brocante O'Plus

Unlike most flea markets, The Flea Market O'Plus is a covered market, it's an ideal activity on a rainy day in the Basque Country!

Not only the Flea Market O'Plus offers a huge selection of high quality, tasteful items to suit all budgets, but shopping or strolling through the flea market is actually a pleasurable experience. There is a lot of natural light and the people who work there are friendly and happy to answer your questions. They are real experts and enthusiasts!

Established since 1992, over more than 1800m2, in Anglet, between Bayonne and Biarritz, the O'PLUS flea market invites you on a stroll through all styles and eras.

Biarritz Aquarium

Biarritz aquarium, also known by the first name attributed to it, the Musée de la Mer, is located in Biarritz opposite the Rocher de la Vierge.

About fifty aquariums await you with jellyfish, octopus, seahorses ... discover the species that inhabit the Atlantic coast!

The Château d'Urtubie

This castle fort still belongs to the same family since its construction in 1341. Extensions and improvements were carried out in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries and the Château d'Urtubie is today a welcoming historical monument, furnished and decorated with refinement.

The stones of Urtubie tell the story of six centuries of Basque Country history. King Louis XI stayed at the château in 1463 and Louis XIV raised the estate to the rank of viscount in 1654. In the XNUMXth century, Soult and then Wellington were known to the castle during the Napoleonic wars.

Its location 3 kilometers from Saint-Jean-de-Luz and 9 kilometers from Spain makes it a privileged place whose charm and historical richness encourage visitors to visit.


The Abbadia Castle in Hendaye

Built between 1864 and 1884, by Viollet-Le-Duc, its neo-Gothic architecture and eclectic decoration make it one of the must-see sites and museums in the Basque Country. It will appeal to heritage lovers and families looking for a change of scenery.

It is also to benefit from one of the rare achievements of the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, known in particular for his restorations of the ramparts of Carcassonne or Notre-Dame de Paris.

The castle offers 10 rooms to visit, all decorated with period furniture.


Visit the Basque Caves

The Caves of Sare

The caves of Sare are located 30 min. from the Basque coast to Sare, a typical village of the Basque Country classified among the most beautiful villages in France.

The immense limestone massif present in the village of Sare and its surroundings is full of numerous cavities. One of them, called Lezea, can be visited today as it existed more than 2 million years ago.

The Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya

Located near Hasparren, these caves are not to be missed. Listed as a historical heritage, these caves are entirely natural places that will emerge you in the very heart of the Basque lands.

Buy an umbrella

A little water never hurt anyone. Letting external circumstances determine the trajectory of your life is the recipe for missing out on life in the Basque Country. Buy an umbrella and do what you would have done anyway.

Don't wait for the storm to pass. Dance in the rain.


Even when it rains, there are plenty of things to do and see in the Basque Country!

Speaking of the Basque Country, if you are looking to buy or sell a house in the Basque Country, do not hesitate to contact O'Plus Real Estate,

The creation of O'Plus Immobilier comes from the notoriety of the brand and the excellent reputation of the Brocante O'Plus, present in Anglet for nearly 30 years and from the desire to sweep up the area. traditional real estate, to dust off methods and above all to refocus on human relations. Trust, respect and honesty are key values ​​all too often flouted in this profession.

On a strong foundation of mutual trust, come and present your French real estate goals to us.