Pyrenees-Atlantiques Culture and Events

Surf Festival, Biarritz

2018 dates TBC

Biarritz is a town near Bayonne, known for surfing, music, dance, beaches and golf. Professional surfers come together to be part of the biggest surf event in the town. Famous for its long board contests, demonstrations of tandem surfing, paddle board racing, body surfing and other thrilling water activities. This event attracts tourists from all over the world, more than 150,000 spectators come to watch the several water activities and sometimes even get involved themselves. They can also enjoy the celebrations, music, dance, films and parties that take place later on in the evening.

Ferias, Bayonne


Five day long festival with bull running and street music. There has been bullfighting in Bayonne since the thirteenth century and includes bullfights on foot and on horseback. The bullring was opened in 1893 and built in neo-mauresque style. It holds 10,000 people and is the largest in South West France.

Basque Strongman Show, Saint-Palais


A Basque version of Scotland’s Highland games known as ‘La Force Basque’ these competitions take place in various parts of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques during the summer months. St Palais is one of the major venues. Competitions include tug-of-war and stone lifting.

Salt Festival, Salies-de-Bearn

Early September 

Commemorating the town’s heritage where a saltwater spring produces water nearly 10 times as salty as the sea - a lucrative source of food preservation in the Middle Ages. Taste local produce and learn everything you wish to know about salt.

'Le Temps d'Aimer la Danse' Dance Festival, Biarritz


Cost from 14 euros. Visitors are invited to watch everything from break dancing to ballet and dance-related exhibitions at venues across town. Among the best European festivals devoted to dance.

Chilli Peppers Festival, Espelette


10 towns in the commune of Espelette cultivate the red chilli peppers introduced here from South America in the sixteenth century and which have been granted AOC status since the year 2000. See them hanging out to dry across walls and balconies in September and enjoy Espelette’s ‘pepper day’ on the last Sunday in October which attracts 20,000 visitors. Plenty of peppers for sale - dried, pureed or pickled.

Please check precise details and dates with event organisers before making your holiday and travel arrangements.

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