Wedding planning is a special time in a couple’s lives, and planning one in a stunning destination can make it even more special. Below you can learn more about the Basque Country and how to get married in this quaint, rural region in the southwest of France….
Why get married in the Basque Country?
The Basque country (Pays Basque) is a stunning region that straddles the border of France and Spain. It is situated between the breathtaking Pyrenees mountains and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. The area is extremely rich in culture and best known for its food, surf, stunning views and breath-taking sunsets!
The charming town of Biarritz.
Nestled in the heart of the French Basque country is Biarritz, a gem of a seaside town. Anyone who visits Biarritz cannot help but fall for its charm. The vast beaches with hazy mountain views in the background, the bustling market square where you can find the best fresh produce around and numerous castles perched close to the water’s edge. It’s what fairy tales are made of!
Biarritz has a long history of catering to French and English royalty, with a luxurious casino that used to host the most elaborate parties and weddings in the early 20th century. Today, the upscale seaside town is renown for its stunning landscapes and rich coastal heritage, with historic landmarks such as Villa Belza and the town lighthouse creating spectacular viewpoints along the coast.
Biarritz is also home to the pretigious Hotel du Palais which was built by Napolean III for his wife, Empress Euginie. More recently Prince William and Kate Middleton have been seen on the palace hotel’s balconies.
In contrast, Biarritz is recognized as the first place in Europe where surfing was practiced (1957) Today the town is one of the most popular European surf spots. Salty surfers walk the streets bare foot to catch a wave before work or grab a drink and watch the sunset after an invigorating evening session.
Head away from the coast for a drive inland and you will find rolling green hills in all directions. These foothills to the Pyrenees are scattered with Basque farmhouses, amongst them French & Fahey have found the perfect French wedding venue near the village of Sare. Secluded and charming with views onto green meadows and mountains, any couple and their wedding guests will be enamored with this romantic setting.
Check out the venue page for more details on Maison Granada, our French countryside festival wedding location!
Perfect for a destination wedding
With so much to enjoy in the Basque Region, it is the perfect location for a destination wedding. For a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience, a French destination wedding will not disappoint. The bride and groom and all their wedding guests will have such an unforgettable experience that no one will want to go home! … And that’s ok because there is so much to explore in this region and in neighboring areas, which are easily accessible by train, plane or hire car.
Thinking of a perfect honeymoon getaway after the wedding or maybe your guests want to stay on and enjoy the regoin? Spain is right on our doorstep, with the stunning food mecca of San Sebastian (13 Michelin star restaurants and 100’s of tapas bars), the Guggenheim museum at Bilbao, vineyards, mountain walking in the Pyrenees, not to mention the miles of sandy surf beaches all within an hour’s drive! What can beat seeing two people you love get married and combining it with the holiday of a lifetime. The newly weds’ friends and family will surely want to take advantage of all this region has to offer!
Learn more about planning your dream French destination wedding at our Your Festive page and leave the logistics to us!