Does it say anywhere that a girl can’t have more than one hen party? A weekend in France glamping with one of my closest friends is just the first of mine. We’ll be staying in Yelloh! Village Ilbarritz, a fabulous campsite tucked between the sea and the mountains.
I’ll soon be flying off to Biarritz with fellow blogger, Suzanne aka The Travel Bunny, for a short break in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques in the south-west corner of France.
Image 1: Biarritz, French Basque Country
Image 2, 4 to 6: Yelloh! Village Ilbarritz
Image 3: Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port, French Basque Country
I’m looking forward to relaxing walks along the beach and through the forest that surrounds the site, checking out their spa, attending a few yoga lessons, having fun in the water park as well as exploring the French Basque Country and, of course, the region’s food and wine. I’ll be on the lookout for local sheep’s cheeses, Basque cake and the famous Bayonne ham.
I, like many people, I think, associated the Basque Country with Spain, yet three of the seven provinces that make up this region are in France. Here the seaside towns, such as glamorous Biarritz, lie just 10 miles from sleepy rural villages in the rugged foothills of the Pyrénées.
Our home for the weekend is a two-bedroomed mobile home with a fully equipped kitchen, a living room and two bathrooms as well as a furnished outside terrace. Bedding and towels are included, as is the WiFi.
Onsite facilities include a mini supermarket, a bakery, a restaurant serving international dishes as well as traditional Basque cuisine plus a snack bar, a pizzeria and a bar for those essential sundowner G&Ts.
While I was researching this trip I saw that the campsite, where we are staying, is surrounded by a hydrangea forest, which I had never heard of before. A quick search on Google came up with images of tall evergreen trees rising high above a sea of colourful hydrangeas. I do hope they will be in flower when we are there, although here in England they flower later in the year. Did you know that the colour of the flowers (blue, pink or white) is dictated by the pH of the soil they are growing in?
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Have you been to the Basque Country in France? Do you have any tips for travelling there, from things to see and do to local dishes to try or wines to drink?
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Disclaimer: Thanks to Yelloh! Village Ilbarritz for the invite to France. I am thoroughly looking forward to our girls getaway in the French Basque Country.
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Sounds like a fabulous way to spend your first hen do. I hope you both have a lovely time! I’m looking forward to seeing how you get on as I’ve spotted the Yelloh! Village looks lovely and I’m tempted to visit for a family trip.
We had a lovely time, thank you. The location was perfect (handy for the airport, beach, Biarritz and Bidart) and we both loved the campsite. They’ll be a blog post very soon all about it. It’s a great place for families.
Hen party at such a beautiful place, Biarritz! The idea is fabulous!
Thanks! We had a wonderful time. Blog post coming soon!
Biarritz and glamping don’t sound like they belong in the same sentence! But what a lovely village you found and the spot you stayed looks heavenly. I can’t imagine a forest of hydrangea, hope it’s in bloom and you’ll share photos. One of my favorite flowers!
I know what you mean. I’m looking forward to exploring and I really hope the hydrangeas are flowering too.
Ok well a) Biarritz is one of those places I’ve so nearly been to and not quite made it and b) I am so jealous you will have such a blast! Have a G&T for me!
Will do! I’m really looking forward to it and the weather should be glorious.
Biarritz has long been on my French list of places to visit! Have a fun hen do (or three), when’s the big day?
Not until September. Still a lot to organise.
That hydrangea forest sounds really appealing, never heard of anything like that before. And, no, I didn’t know the flower colour depended on the acidity of the soil – although my dad probably does! Enjoy, and I can’t wait to hear more about it.
I can’t wait for our weekend away and your first hen do! Biarritz and the surrounding area looks beautiful. There’s so much to do that I think we’ll have to go back again to fit it all in!
That’s true! It will be great to get a flavour of the region though even if we can’t do everything we’d like to in one visit.