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How to get to Camping Le Ruisseau?

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So you’ve booked your family holiday to Camping Le Ruisseau in Bidart, in the beautiful French Basque Country – now you need to decide on the best way to get there. Fly and use public transport, fly and hire a car, take a ferry and drive over, take the train or even send your car on a train!

The most popular way to get to Bidart is definitely to fly into Biarritz, just a 15 minute drive or 30 minute bus journey to the campsite. Other airports that you could choose are Bordeaux, Bilbao in Spain, or Pau – they are all about a 2 hour drive away.

Options for flying – My pros for flying over would be the time it takes and the ease – once you’re at your local airport you can relax :). My cons would be packing and not having your car with you – it’s super easy to get around without one though and easy to hire one.

Ryan Air fly year round in to Biarritz from Stansted and Dublin. Prices vary from London from £25 up to £190 each way depending on the day and from Dublin from 80€ up to 250€ each way. Flights from London are daily and from Dublin seem to be every day except Wednesday and Sunday in high season. The good news is that you can arrive and depart any day that you choose with Atlantic Blue Holidays and some other tour operators, so you can check out the best flights for you and book your holiday around them – obviously subject to availability.

Other flight options – From Gatwick to Biarritz with Easyjet on Saturdays from the 18th June and then every day throughout July and August and in September, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – varying from £50 up to £200 each way.

From Heathrow to Biarritz with British Airways on Wednesdays and Sundays from May to September with prices varying from £95 to £220 each way.

From Southampton (July to mid September) and Birmingham (mid May to September) with Flybe, you can fly into Biarritz on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. If you want to fly from Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh or Manchester check to see the Flybe schedules changing at Birmingham or Southampton.

If you fancy hiring a car when you get to Biarritz Airport, google will give you lots of options – all of the main car hire companies are there – Europcar, Thrifty, Hertz etc and there are a lot of brokers that you can use to get a deal.

There is a handy bus service from the campsite to Biarritz Station and to Bidart and further afield from both of these places.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All of the flight details above were taken from the airline websites on the 16th February 2016, please be sure to check them out for up to date information.

Sailing over – If you have booked with Atlantic Blue Holidays we can now give you a code for a 20% discount on your ferry with Brittany Ferries. Sailing from Dover to Calais is a nice quick crossing, but it is a huge trek then over to the South West of France. I always choose to sail from Portsmouth to Caen, Cherbourg or St Malo – it can be quite an adventure on the Ferry and the motorways on the drive down through France are normally great. If you enjoy the long ferry crossing you can always sail down to Bilbao or Santander and have a little cruise before your stay. From Ireland you can sail from Cork to Roscoff.

Catch the train – If you fancy getting the train over you can be in Biarritz from London in about 9 hours – have a look at the Eurostar website.

Send your car on a train! – You can drive to Paris, pop your car on a train, hop on another train and meet your car in Biarritz! We don’t have any experience with this, but you can check out the options on the Auto Train website.

However you decide to get here, have a safe and hopefully fun journey and we look forward to greeting you on your arrival.

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Exploring Basque Villages

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A fabulous day exploring basque villages yesterday. A swim in le lac at St Pee sur Nivelle, lunch in Espelette famous for peppers, and the evening in St Jean Pied de Port with wonderful views at “the foot” of the Pyrenees, with cobbled streets, sandstone walls with “arrow holes” and a beautiful Citadel.

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Surfing at Hendaye Plage

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Myself and 7 of our friends decided that given we were in a famous surfing area, we really ought to give it a go. Katie (Atlantic Blue) recommended a local surf school (Aquality) the school provided a  pick-up service, travel to Hendaye beach and board hire all incorporated into the price (a very reasonable 25 euro per person) after a journey of approximately 35 mins we reached Hendaye, the beach at which the school operates its beginner lessons.

A typical surf town located near the Spanish border. (Hendaye is used for beginners surfing as its located in a bay and so the waves are very gentle, perfect for learning) after an initial group safety briefing and run through of the basics. I.e. positioning on the board, how the safety line is used etc..

Fabrice spent time with us individually in the shallows of the bay. Each of us catching a wave whilst lying on the board, getting used to the sensation of being carried by a wave toward the beach.

All in all we spent nearly 3 hours in the sea trying to get to the point where we could all stand (at least momentarily) and ride a wave. A genuinely satisfying feeling, Fabrice gave us extra instruction and positive praise where required. It should be said that unless you are a natural surfer, it is quite a challenging sport and we certainly all knew later that evening that we’d had a decent bit of exercise.

Overall a very enjoyable day out in a beautiful location with a great instructor and although a little bumped and bruised, was nothing a couple of hard earned beers couldn’t cure! Highly recommended!

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