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Things to do in Bidart

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The top 9 attractions in Bidart

Beaches in Bidart
Plage du Centre
Plage du Centre is one of the 6 beaches in Bidart, making it a surfers paradise. According to oceanographers, this is one of the areas in France with the biggest waves. RVs are prohibited and a height bar limits van access. Parking is free, but there aren't many spaces. Beware of walking close to the cliffs, which is not advisable because of the danger of landslides. Right next to the restaurant "La Tantina of the Beach," there are stairs that are part of a coastal trail system, 25 kilometres of trails linking the town of Hendaye to Bidart, along the entire coast. For those ve want to do this trail, it's best to travel toward Hendaye, to enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains.
City Halls in Bidart
Mairie de Bidart (Town Hall)
Like the typical architecture of the Basque-French style houses, the framework is red and the facade is contrasted in white. Most houses in the village are like this but you can also find some green in the wood sometimes. There are two large initials on the main facade: R (Republique) and F (Française). The city hall is located in a large plaza which houses the pediment of a single wall (very typical in the French Basque Country) and the church with a cemetery.
Churches in Bidart
Chapelle Sainte Madeleine
This chapel is along the cliffs and on top of a hill. It is said that before the door there are bodies of the dead sailors buried ve were discovered dead on the rocks. A hurricane destroyed it in 1817, but it was reconstructed three years later. The view is beautiful, the sea, the cliffs, the coast and the mountain chain, such as Peñas de Aya and Larrun.
Churches in Bidart
Notre Dame de l'Assomption
This is a typical church in Lapurdi. It has a white facade and a beautiful wooden gallery inside. According to ancient tradition, it had to be oriented toward the east. Like most churches in the French Basque country, it's adjacent to the pediment, the cemetery and the city, where most people made their social life. Thus, dead and life were closely related. This is probably why you have to cross the cemetery in order to enter the church. In the middle of the church there is a small boat hanging, which recalls the close relationship that Bidart has with the sea. What is most striking in the church, apart from the typical wooden gallery, is all the wood surrounding the altar. At the cemetery, there are some paths.
Churches in Bidart
Chapelle Saint Joseph
Located at the top of Parlementia Beach, which is surfers paradise, sits this cute chapel overlooking the sea, the coast and the cliffs. Forming part of the coastal trail, 25 miles of trails that connect the coast from Bidart to Hendaye.
Waterparks in Bidart
Cities in Bidart
Of Touristic Interest in Bidart
Post Office Building
Situated in the center of this typical French Basque village. The Post Office has the usual color of the houses in this area, combining the white of the wooden facades with red. This together with the 'frontón', which hosts baseball games.
Historical Monuments in Bidart