The village of Bardos is in the Pays Basque, a beautiful region in the sunny south west of France, offering a wonderful range of activities and places to visit.
Discover the region's towns and villages including the internationally renowned Biarritz which is only 20 minutes away and has sandy beaches, chic shopping and al fresco dining. Closer still is the medieval town of Bayonne, the capital of the region and famous for it's museums and restored Gothic cathedral.
The outdoor cafes in the charming town square of St Jean de Luz are perfect for enjoying a coffee under the shady trees
and watching the local artists paint and display their artwork. Just across the bay in Ciboure is the 19th century birthplace of the famous composer Maurice Ravel.
The magnificent coastal city of San Sebastian is only a 40 minute drive away and, once there, you can shop, enjoy the wonderful tapas bars and spend the afternoon on the beach in the city's sandy bay.
Bilbao is 90 minutes away and worth a day trip just to experience the famous Guggenheim museum.
There are also the most beautiful chateaux and basque villages to explore in the quiet countryside surrounding La Pomme Perdue. La Bastide Clairence, classed as "one of the most beautiful villages in France " is only 5 minutes away and has a local farmer's market in the village square every friday evening through the summer months.
The Basque region has a strong cultural identity which can be discovered through its history, dance, music and of course it's gastronomy.
There are superb restaurants and bodegas in the heart of Bayonne next to the Nive river and authentic seafood restaurants in the picturesque old fishing ports all along the coastline. The region's specialities include the red peppers of Espelette, ewes cheese ( fromage de brebis) from St Jean Pied de Port, macarons from St Jean de Luz and Gateaux Basque. Bayonne is famous for both it's ham and chocolate making tradition.
This area of the Pays Basque is also renowned for birdwatching with a large variety of species to be seen.
For lovers of nature and history there are 39 walks in the surrounding countryside, with 335km of marked trails for you to discover by foot or on horseback.
Activities for the more energetic visitors range from surfing and bodyboarding on the coast to cycling and mountain biking in the foothills of the Pyrenees. There is climbing, rafting and canoeing all nearby. Also fishing, sailing , diving, karting and horse riding and the region is a golfer's paradise with 8 courses to choose from. Please see the links below for all of these activities and more...
Horse riding Ferme Equestre de Mountagnes
Surfing Quiksilver Biarritz Surf School
Golf Seignosse Golf Club Biarritz La Phare Golf Club Makila Bassussary Golf Club
Mountain Biking, Hiking, Climbing and Paragliding Base de Loisirs du Baigura Loisirs64
Diving Planet Ocean
Rafting Bidarray Rafting