What to do with your dog in the Basque Country?

With its wild and wonderfully preserved beaches, lakes, mountains and forests, the Basque Country is a paradise for dogs and humans alike. Outdoor adventures are best shared with four-legged friends, and there is plenty to do in the Basque Country!

* If you take your dog for a walk in the spring, be vigilant! Pines are the habitat of many processionary caterpillars, particularly deadly to dogs.

What to do with your dog in the Basque Country

The beach

Fewer and fewer beaches allow dogs, but out of season and out of lifeguard hours, beaches are generally accessible to dogs. Be careful to keep your dogs on a leash and to have categorized dogs wear a muzzle. Also watch out for hot sand, which can burn your pet's pads.

Off-season, When the beaches are not supervised by a lifeguard station, you can bring your dog for a walk to the beach, but he must always be kept on a leash.

During the summer, the regulations are stricter. During surveillance hours, it is forbidden to come to the beach with your dog. However, outside of supervision hours, early in the morning or early evening, you can walk with your animal, always on a leash.

Anglet beaches are ideal for dogs at the right time of the day thanks to their less concentrated layout. Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz are less accepting of dogs due to the larger population and narrower beaches, especially during the summer months.

Several drinking water points are available to you.

Don't forget the famous black bags! The beautiful landscape makes it a luxurious place for their needs.


Wild Walks

There is an endless amount of hiking trails across the Basque Country. However, there are some things to consider:

National parks are prohibited for dogs.

The Basque Country is a breeding ground which means that you will come across a lot of herds of sheep, cows and even semi-wild horses. At each start of the hike, there is a small sign that reminds you that your dog must be kept in pastoral areas to avoid bad stories.

Some hikes to do with your dog:

Coastal forests

In the BAB, Chiberta Forest and Pignada Forest are very dog-friendly, just be aware that you will likely come across plenty of other dogs, horses, joggers and cyclists. The majority of dogs in these forests are off-leash, so make sure your dog behaves relatively well with other four-legged friends.


Walking along the different lakes of the Basque Country is another activity suitable for dogs.

Here are some potential destinations:

  • Mouriscot lake
  • Lake of Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle
  • Marion Lake
  • Xoldokogaina or Ibardin Lake
  • Chiberta Lake
  • Pond of Brindos
  • Lake of Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle
  • Boucau lake
  • Sames Lake
  • Escoute Pluye Lake
  • Pond of Beyres
  • Lhurs lake
  • Turkish Pond


If your dog deserves a memory

Concept store for animals, Babina in Bayonne is a unique store with a passionate owner who cares about the quality, origin and ingenuity of her products.

If you don't feel like looking for a parking space, a larger public store in Anglet would be Terranimo.


Coffee Shop

If your dog is more hip, there is a great cafe in Anglet (and not far from the Flea Market O'Plus) whose name is the Torref. They are very dog ​​friendly and have a terrace always equipped with a water bowl for the dogs.


In conclusion

The Basque Country is a great place to go on an adventure with your dog, but it is important to respect the rules and regulations regarding national parks and leashes.