Visiting France’s Basque Country and Learning French
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Foreign language learning does not need to be confined to a classroom. Imagine travelling to a beautiful location and exploring your new environment in the beautiful Basque Region of Southwest France. That is what you can do in the French Immersion program at the Inspire Academy in Biarritz France.
In this program you will learn French either one on one with your teacher or in a group setting. You can explore Biarritz and the surrounding areas. Our students enjoy surfing, walking and talking, restaurants, shows, festivals, and much more. There is so much to see and do – but don’t worry – you can choose what interests you the most. Our program is customizable.
Bay of Biscay – A little History
People lived in the Pyrenees Atlantic part of France and thrived here for centuries. The economy was mainly based on agriculture and fishing. Like other agriculture-based communities, the region became well known for delicious food and welcoming hospitality. Europe’s surfing and Atlantic sailing destination. In 1660 King Louis the XIV moved to Saint-Jean-de-Luz and married María-Tersea of Spain. This ended centuries long wars between the two countries. The coastal towns of the Basque region of France became seaside escapes for aristocrats, courtesans and the rich and famous. For example, Biarritz is where Coco Chanel first made her fashion and design fortune in the early 20th century. There are many things to do on the Atlantic Coast of the Basque Region. You can take advantage of many of the activities or simply sit on the beach and watch the sailboats and surfers.
Here are some sites and landmarks in Biarritz:
La Côte de Biarritz – Beautiful beaches, landmarks, markets, eateries and entertainment
Aquarium de Biarritz – see whales, eagle rays and so much more – learn about sea life in French
Port des Pêcheurs – discover this beautiful, inspirational, old fishing district
Plage de la Milady – A beautiful beach for both walkers, runners, surfers and sunbathers
Musée Asiatica – A museum and Asian art and artifacts. Beautiful excursion away from beaches.
Casino Barrier de Biarritz – Biarritz’s famous beachside Casino – if you’re feeling lucky.
Chapelle Impériale – A beautiful and charming Roman Byzantine style Church.
St Jean de Luz
St Jean de Luz is a famous seaside town with so much to do and see. It has a long pristine beach, a marina and centuries old historical buildings. One of the favorite pastimes of the locals is to stroll the streets of the historic downtown area, with its colorful and magnificent architecture. There is plenty to do and see in this scenic town.
Hendaye is located 30 minutes SW of Biarritz on the border of France and Spain. It is a beautiful small city, known for its quiet and peaceful pristine beaches. It is surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains Foothills on the Bay of Chingoudy. Easily walking distance to Spain, all you need to do is walk towards the train station and across the bridge that separates the two countries.
The SW region of France is home to some very famous bakeries, Michelin starred restaurants, and fresh seafood joints. If you enjoy food and beverage, you will find a variety of fantastic restaurants that serve both traditional Basque and international cuisines.
Discover the markets and eateries in Biarritz and surrounding cities. Immerse yourself in Basque culture while learning French.
Les Halles and Quintaou Markets open daily. And Biocean Market is open on avenue de l’Amour on Saturdays.
Covered market in Les Halles, Fisherman’s market in Marine Alleys, Bayonne Market.
Les Halles covered market Biarritz has a variety of fresh food and drink. It’s open late during the summer. There is a food and crafts market in the Iraty district on Fridays.
Saint Jean de Luz
There are daily and weekend markets in Sain Jean de Luz. There is a daily covered market in Les Halles and an outdoor market, on boulevard Victor Hugo.
The Basque Country of France is home to many traditional and international sports. At the Inspire Academy, we tailor our outdoor activities to your interest. Here is a list of sports our students can play and watch.
- Hand Pelota (Basque traditional sport)
- Wood Chopping Sports (Basque traditional sport)
- Mountain Hiking
- Beach Walking and Running
- Stand-up Boarding
From seaside resorts, to beaches, to mountains, immersing yourself in the culture and activities of the Basque region while learning the French language in France will be so beneficial. You will truly experience French Immersion in France. At the Inspire Academy we take it up a notch. Our goal is for you to learn the French language with native French teachers and to give you experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.