What future for my child in the Basque Country?

With a thriving economy, breathtaking landscapes and a unique culture, the Basque Country is the perfect place to live. However, if you are wondering how your kids are going to acclimatize to the area, this article is for you.

 

What to do

The Basque Country offers a ton of activities for the whole family. There is no excuse for your kids to spend all day behind a screen. Even if it is raining, there are a variety of activities inside.

Here are some activities in the Basque Country that children will love:

  • Days at the beach in Saint Jean de Luz or Hendaye. The water is calm and both beaches have a Mickey Club.
  • Surf. Children can start surfing at age 3. NewSchool Surf is a surf school that welcomes young children.
  • Take the historic train to La Rhune
  • Wow park
  • Visit of the castles (Urtubie, Abbadia, Montaner)
  • Visit Biarritz aquarium.
  • Take the Hendaye shuttle to Spain for a day trip.
  • Journey
  • Archery label
  • Ludopia (unusual park)
  • Zipline
  • Snowshoe outings in the Pyrenees
  • Bosdarros Adventure Park
  • Asson Zoo
  • Visit the prehistoric caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya
  • Basque cake museum
  • Paintball
  • Dance, music, theater lessons (Maurice Ravel Conservatory)
  • Visit local farms
  • Ball
  • skateparks
  • Tennis
  • Golf / Mini Golf

 

Basque heritage still alive and well, many cultural activities are perfect for children. (Pastoral, Souletin masquerade, dance)

If you want to get the best value for money and have a large garden for your children, we suggest that you consider the hinterland of the Basque Country when looking for a home.

 

Schools

Due to the high population density within the BAB (Bayonne, Anglet, Biarritz) and Saint Jean de Luz, one might think that it would be an obligation to live near the coast to have access to the best schools, but not necessarily .

The population is dispersed throughout the Basque Country, so there is no shortage of quality schools.

The following high schools have an excellent reputation:

  • Immaculate Conception High School (Pau)
  • Gaston Fébus High School (Orthez)
  • Saint-Joseph High School (Orthez)
  • Bernat Etxepare High School (Bayonne)
  • Saint-Thomas d'Aquin High School (Saint Jean de Luz)
  • Saint-Louis Villa Pia High School (Bayonne)
  • Pays de Soule High School (Chéraute)
  • Biarritz Atlantique High School (Biarritz)
  • Jules Supervielle High School (Oloron-Sainte-Marie)

For a complete list of high schools in the Basque Country, click HERE

The best rated colleges are:

  • Saint-Amand of Bayonne
  • Manex Erdozaintzi Etxart from Larceveau-Arros-Cibits
  • The Saint-Bernard room in Bayonne

If you are looking for Montessori or bilingual schools for your children in the Basque Country:

 

Transport

There are many cycle paths and enough public transport for your children to get around until the age of 18, unless you are comfortable with them on a moped. Biarritz, Bayonne and Saint Jean de Luz are towns within walking distance that do not require motorized transport.

The Basque Country is a great place to learn to drive. Traffic is rarely saturated and the roads are relatively safe.

 

Career opportunities

The Basque Country has a thriving economy with a wide range of niche markets. For younger generations, the main areas of interest would likely be digital marketing, the surf / skate industry, fashion and e-commerce. However, there are many more traditional career paths that can be pursued in the Basque Country, such as employment in the tourism, construction, food, health, transport and aeronautics industries. .

As remote working becomes more and more common, the days of going to an office for 8 hours a day will soon be a thing of the past. This means that your children's generation will not have to worry so much about being in the “perfect” geographic location to have a stable source of income. A lot of tasks can already be done from anywhere with an internet connection.

In addition, as the population of the Basque Country continues to grow exponentially, new local markets will inevitably develop.

 

En conclusion

As our lives become more and more digitized, it's important to offset this prolonged exposure to technology with proximity to nature in order to stay mentally and physically healthy. The Basque Country offers this perfect balance. You will find the same amenities as in the big cities, but with a much more invigorating and refreshing environment.

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If you want to find the perfect home for your whole family in the Basque Country, our team at O'Plus Immobilier will be happy to help you throughout your trip. Do not hesitate to call us on +33 (0) 6 64 55 77 49 or send us an email by clicking HERE.