The beautiful and unique French Basque country is a fantastic region for a fun family holiday. This summer, why not try out one of the many campsites the region has to offer? In this article, you’ll discover the best camping sites in the French Basque country, both on the coast and inland.

The great thing about French camping vacations is that there is always something for everyone. You can relax at the pool, enjoy sports and other activities the campsite offers, make friends on site, take day trips to nearby beaches and mountains, and the kids will have plenty to keep them busy! If you’re feeling adventurous you can spend the day exploring, but if you just want to chill, these campsites have everything you need to stay 

This article is for travelers who plan on spending their holidays camping in the Basque country, but if you are just passing through, there are fun one-day guided trips like this one, focused on visiting the little villages. There is also this tour, where you can visit the main cities of the French Basque country.

Best camping sites on the French Basque Coast

Camping Harrobia in Bidart

The village of Bidart, situated between Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, is especially loved by the surfing community. The beautiful sandy beach, which is just a 5-minute walk from Camping Harrobia, is where you and your family can enjoy surfing lessons or simply lounging in the sand and building sandcastles. You should check out my article on the most beautiful villages in the Basque country, too, for day trips to gorgeous little towns you can’t miss during your trip.

Camping Harrobia has different places you can call home for your vacation – mobile homes, chalets, and even flats in a proper building if you’re not that into camping. There’s something for every member of the family. For little ones between the ages of 5 and 12, they have the kids’ club to keep them busy all morning and all afternoon with fun activities planned where they can make friends, play, and give their parents some much-needed chill time.

The bar and restaurant serve up local Basque food and there’s a bakery to get fresh bread every morning (we all know how important that is in France!). You can loan books, games, and sports equipment, take guided tours around the area, and work out with fellow campers at yoga, volleyball, water aerobics, ping pong, and other sessions.
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Camping Paradis – La Ferme Erromardie

Set right in the center of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, this campsite is perfectly located for beach days, exploring the beautiful town center, and a mix between a nature and city break. You can choose between a mobile home and a terrain to pitch your tent, and the campsite has what you need for food on site. But you’ll likely want to enjoy some of Saint-Jean-de-Luz local restaurants, too!

Located right on the beach, Camping Paradis is perfect if you want to enjoy the many local beaches during your vacation. But they also have a lovely heated swimming pool, ping pong tables, kids’ play areas, a library, and themed events in the evenings. There’s everything you need right on site!

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Camping Bela Basque in Anglet

Set in the middle of Bayonne and Biarritz, two of the region’s most iconic cities, this campsite provides the perfect base from which to explore the French Basque country. You and your family can pitch a tent or rent one of the following: a mobile home, a chalet, or the budget-friendly Tithome, a solid house with a tent part attached to make it bigger.

Camping Bela Basque is well-equipped to provide you a convenient, fun family holiday. They have a restaurant, two heated pools, a kids’ pool play area, sports fields, massages, and more. Events in summer include themed party evenings, activities and outings for children, and sports and workout sessions. It’s also situated right next to a small lake with child-safe beaches and a quick drive from Biarritz’s many famous beaches.
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Camping Yelloh! Village Ilbarritz Côte Basque

At Yelloh! you can opt for a campsite to set up your tent or a comfortable rental unit and you have a dedicated tourist info point where you can pick up maps and get advice about exploring the Bidart and Biarritz area.

The whole family will have fun at Yelloh! – there’s a dedicated teens club with video games and speakers, a canine park for dogs to roam freely, fun events like laser games, climbing walls and night-time swimming, and much more. Plus, it’s convenient, too – on site you’ll find a grocery store, laundry facilities, a restaurant and snack point, bike rental, surfboard hire, and you can even hire a barbecue for your summer dinners.

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Camping Juantcho 

This campsite is perfect if you want to be close enough to a town to explore, but also right on the beach. Located just on the outskirts of central Saint-Jean-de-Luz, you have multiple beautiful beaches with all the water sports you can dream of as well as the stunning town center to enjoy restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, and more.

At Camping Juantcho you can choose to pitch a tent or rent a mobile home unit, all set among green hedges and trees, making for a peaceful escape from hectic daily life. While there’s no swimming pool or other services on site, you’ll probably be spending all of your time on the beach, in town, or doing other fun activities like paragliding, surfing, canoeing, cycling, or horse riding.
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Sunêlia Berrua in Bidart

Located in Bidart, a hilly seaside town with lovely beaches and very near to the famous Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Camping Berrua is a great option for your summer holiday in the Basque country.

This campsite is part of the same family as the one mentioned above – Yelloh! Here, you’ll find more accommodation options, including larger houses for up to 6 people, as well as different levels of cottages and chalets.

If you’re looking to relax during your trip, you’re in luck – they have a spa on site with facial and body treatments, massages, a sauna, whirlpool baths, and hydro-jet massages. They also have more than one fantastic heated swimming pool with slides, massage chairs, and an aquatic games area for kids and adults alike.

If you want to relax and give your kids some adventure, you’ll find clubs for kids and teens from ages 5-17 to keep them busy with fun activities and help them make friends all summer long. There’s an endless list of activities including sports, workout programs, dance lessons, creative workshops, canoeing, surfing, hot air balloon rides, horse riding, golf, and a ton more available on their website.
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Tamaris Plage Camping

Another beautiful, convenient, and fun campsite set in Saint-Jean-de-Luz is Tamaris Plage Camping, a 4-star resort with plenty of amenities for grownups and kids alike. Here you can rent a cute cottage or a studio apartment with a balcony and you can also pitch a tent or drive up with your camper van.

A heated, covered pool is perfect for days when you don’t feel like going to the beach, and the jacuzzi, sauna, and hamman will give you that space to relax and unwind during your vacation. You can buy fresh baguettes every morning (a must for French holidaymakers!) and enjoy the restaurants on the oceanfront just a quick walk from the campsite. There are also kids’ play areas and a free shuttle in summer that take you to the town center and back every hour.
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Beautiful Campsites near beautiful Basque villages and the Pyrenees  

Domaine Chalets Larlapean

Set about 50 km inland from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, this beautiful campsite boasts mountain views and lots of peaceful green scenery. You’ll be close to beautiful villages like Saint Jean Pied de Port and Espelette and only 15 km from the Spanish border if you want to do a day trip to a whole other country.

On site, you and the family can enjoy a heated, covered swimming pool, kids’ play areas, a snack point and bar, and other activities. But this campsite is known for its calm tranquility instead of fun party evenings – people come here to relax and enjoy nature.

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Camping Des Gaves 

Located even further inland and right at the foot of the Pyrenees mountain range, this campsite has gorgeous mountain views and lots of fun activities to do. You can choose between multiple chalet options for your accommodation, and they also have an apartment block that’s a warmer choice in the winter months.

If you and your family enjoy hiking in summer, this is the perfect spot for you. You can find information about the many nearby hiking trails on their website. Camping des Gaves also boasts two heated swimming pools and a kids’ aquatic park, and nearby activities and attractions like a train ride through the mountains and thermal bath spas. They are also open in winter for you to enjoy a ski trip in the mountains.

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Camping Ixtila Mobilhome

Set inland from the Atlantic coast and right on the Spanish border, the backdrop of Camping Ixtila consists of mountains, cliffs, and lots of peaceful greenery. It’s a beautiful, relaxing place to get some fresh air and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

You can either set up your tent or your camper van or reserve a chalet or mobile home unit. The campsite provides the opportunity to go on hikes in the mountains, meet local farmers, and taste their specialties, and there’s a little grocery store, bar, and pizzeria on site.

In the surrounding countryside, you can enjoy scenic trails for biking and walking, discover caves and cliffsides, or do some fishing, canyoning, or bird-watching, 

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Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette
A family trip to the French Basque country

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