|Cool drink in KC pub|
|Wind rises the sand!|
|St Jean de Luz|
The Corniche Basque & the Kite Surfers
Thursday 8th June
More pics here
Having seen a fair bit of the Basque Coast on the Spanish side, today was the day to head north and have a good look at the Basque Corniche on the French side. We had driven and walked bits and pieces of this spectacular coast but this was our first decent run at it, not that we went too far!
Started off with a swim at Ciboure. Temperatures were around the 26 degree mark but the water was flipping Atlantic cool. Still, feeling good and refreshed, we headed to its bigger neighbour St Jean de Luz. The towns share the same sheltered harbour.
St Jean has a beautiful big beach and we got parking in an underground facility nearby. While its population is bareley bigger than that of our base Hendaye, it has much more of a holiday resort feel to it, many more restaurants and shops.
A wind whipped up a sandstorm as we walked the beach so we headed into the town for a look and a couple of crepes. Then we were on the road again, this time to nearby Guethary. Didn’t see too much of this but came to a beach on the outskirts where we saw some spectacular kite surfing. Taking about skipping on over the ocean like a stone!
As we headed back, we were trying to find a viewpoint, Pointe de Ste Barbe at the northern end of St Jean de Luz harbour. And, with no help from the Sat-Nav but with good eyesight and a bit of luck, we found it. Here we enjoyed a lovely walk to the small hill, so well laid out with paths and seats, and had a fantastic view down over both St Jean and Ciboure.
On the way back, had a nice cool drink in the KC Pub near the Hendaye marina.