Guéthary & Lafitenia

 Guéthary port 

 Guéthary port 

Finally the scenery has evolved from the monotonous straight flat sandy shores of south west France into lush green hills, craggy coves and grand houses; la Côte Basque is wondrous. The refreshed vista gave us new energy, we loved it here and stayed two nights. 

La  Côte Basque 

La  Côte Basque 

 Guéthary 

 Guéthary 

We bought a stack of sushi with us from Biarritz and parked up to eat it in the charming Guéthary port. We found other camper vans had made it down the intimidating steep one way lane to the picturesque narrow ocean front parking. The spot overlooked and accessed the three waves at Les Alcyons. The traditional buildings, tiered bars across the vertical hilly shore line and bustle of activity made this spot enchanting. 

Sushi supreme

Sushi supreme

Home is where you park it  

Home is where you park it  

Parked up

Parked up

Having surfed the offshores in the morning in Anglet, the surf was a fair size but lumpy. For a very brief window the left at Les Alcyons worked for all of about 4 sets. This was due to incredibly high tides caused by a particular lunar phenomenon.

Les Alcyons 

Les Alcyons 

Blood moon

Blood moon

 Guéthary port 

 Guéthary port 

Surf boards

Surf boards

 

Lafitenia

Lafitenia

Lafitenia

Duncan and I had natural affinity with Lafitenia as the stunning cliff paths reminded us of Guernsey. We walked around each turn excited by what we could see over the next headland. This spot's charm was complimented by the ease we had finding free parking popular with campers and overlooking the famous point break.

 

 Lafitenia cliff path

 Lafitenia cliff path

Craggy cove

Craggy cove

We loved it here and could easily stay longer in the relaxed spot. The food truck on the grassy hill next to us had a decent vibe and even played music worthy of a Shazam. The beach was the perfect place for refreshing swims. For the end of September the weather was good and crowds were pleasantly minimal. We wanted to stay longer but the sadly the surf was flat and the Pyrenees were drawing us in.

La Côte Basque 

La Côte Basque