For an unforgettable family holidays in Biarritz
At only 5 minutes drive from the hotel, the Atlantic Ocean and its beautiful beaches are revealed to you.
In a spirit of “typical Basque house”, this charming hotel with a superb swimming pool, in the hinterland of Biarritz does not lack assets to seduce you by combining conviviality and serenity.
Family vacation : activities to do with children in Biarritz
Pottok ride, pastry workshop, walk and swim between lake and forest, giant zip line in the treetops, labyrinth, Aquarium… The Basque Country is full of fun and unusual activities to surprise your children during the vacations.
Here are some ideas for a family vacation at the hotel Laminak Biarritz full of life, laughter and emotions!
Formerly known as the Musée de la Mer, the Biarritz Aquarium is located opposite the Roche de la Vierge in an Art Deco style building inaugurated in 1933. In its early years, the Aquarium only presented species from the Bay of Biscay, but it later expanded to show visitors the characteristic seabeds of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific. Sharks, seals, turtles, jellyfish, they all await you!
Once you have discovered the aquarium and its 1500m³ tank, one of the largest in France, don’t forget to explore the exhibition rooms dedicated to marine animals but also to fishing and boats.
Good to know: the seals’ meal every day at 10.30 am and 5 pm.
Open every day from 9.30am to 7pm (closes at 10pm in July and August).
In order to perfect your knowledge of the marine world, this time go to the Cité de l’Océan. With your family, come and discover all the secrets of the deep sea thanks to numerous immersive and fun experiences: virtual reality helmets, a 4D cinema and surfing simulators. Kids love it!
It is possible to combine this visit with that of the Biarritz Aquarium for a full day on the theme of the ocean. The visit is well worth it, if only for the incredible and modern design of the building
For lovers of open spaces and ecology, children and families, this 14.7 hectare park offers a green setting with preserved landscapes. A wild interlude that welcomes the last non-urbanised vestiges of the dunes and back dunes of the Landes coast. Here, the salt water of the lagoon mixes with the fresh water of an arm of the Adour to create an exceptional environment rich in biodiversity.
Free of charge and open to all, this ecological park managed by the municipality of Anglet and included in the “Natura 2000 L’Adour” zone, aims to reconnect visitors with nature through a series of walking paths
Are your children more of a “daredevil” and “intrepid” type? Treat yourself to a great thrill on the giant zip line of the lake of Saint Pée sur Nivelle, the longest in the south-west. More than 600 metres of cable and a descent at almost 90 km/h over the water and through a magnificent forest of hundred-year-old oaks. But that’s not all! The 12-hectare site is also home to a leisure centre, a real paradise for families: fine sandy beach (supervised swimming in July and August), water slides, pedalos, canoes, stand-up paddle, fishing, picnic area, walks around the lake (3 km).
Address: 9 allée Charles Cami, 64310 St-Pée-sur-Nivelle.
Good to know: The zip line activity is accessible to children aged 7/8 years accompanied by an adult on the course, and accessible alone from 10 years old.
As soon as you get the hang of it, you won’t be able to do without it, as geocaching is so addictive. And it’s a good thing, because the Basque Country has more than 500 caches! Where can you find them? Everywhere around you!
It’s a kind of treasure hunt, you just have to download the free Tèrra Aventura application, select a route, go to the starting point and let yourself be guided by a little character on your mobile who will invite you to answer different riddles until you get the GPS coordinates of the final cache – the geocachers’ Grail! Once you have found the cache, you can enter the mystery word on your smartphone to validate your route and win your reward!
The Bidart Tourist Office, in partnership with Tèrra Aventura, offers two geocaching routes.
Springs, whales and sailors:
Meet Zeïdon, this mischievous little character who is passionate about water in all its forms, will tell you the history of Bidart and will help you discover the village off the beaten track
The tough guys of the Atlantic !
This one already says a lot by its title, when you decide to follow Zonelib – this colourful character known for his strong character of resistance.
The route is sporty and hilly, but the viewpoints are superb and the riddles along the way are well worth the effort!
Address : Bidart
Download the free Tèrra Aventura application,
Pop Corn Labyrinth, opens the doors of its Giant Corn Labyrinths in Soustons from July 4th to August 30th, and in Saubion from July 8th to August 30th for new adventures!
“POP CORN LABYRINTHE” is 1H30 to 2H00 of adventure in the heart of nature, 5 kilometres of paths, stages to play, paths in all directions, dead ends, alleys that cross and intersect.
A real life-size amusement to do with family or friends. And for more thrills, experience the labyrinth at NIGHT!
Address: 89-300 Chemin d’Iturbidenborda, 64210 Ahetze
Good to know : Prices – Smart morning: 6€ – Afternoon: 7€ – Night: 8€.
Website : The Popcornlabyrinthe in Ahetze
20 minutes from the Laminak hotel, the Domaine du Pottok offers you the chance to meet the Pottok, a typical pony breed from the Basque mountains. On the programme: exhibition and discovery trail on the Pottok, horse riding, discovery of the farm animals, demonstration of milking mares. Pottok milk is used to make soaps, cosmetics and artisanal delicacies that you will find in the domain’s shop.
Address : Le Domaine du Pottok : lieu-dit ” Lapitza “, 64250 Espelette
Good to know: Free visit from April to June and from September to October, on Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm. In July and August, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12 pm.
A unique animal park to discover with your children! In Itxassou, discover the world of rabbits and guinea pigs and visit Europe’s first rabbit conservatory with your family! Different breeds of rabbits are kept alongside guinea pigs, each as adorable as the next! A small path in the forest allows you to learn more about the fauna, flora, birdlife, but also the history of life on our planet, with beautiful views of the Nive valley and the Pyrenean foothills.
Address: La Forêt des Lapins: Chemin d’Agorreta, 64250 Itxassou,
Good to know: adult rate (from 11 years old) / 7,00 €, junior (from 5 to 10 years old) / 4,00 €, child (from 2 to 4 years old) / 1,00 €. – Small refreshment bar and picnic area on site.
Website : www.laforetdeslapins.net
The Kakuetta Gorge is a 2km canyon with footbridges and paths that plunge us into the heart of a lush and unsuspected Amazonian-like nature. The route leads us to a waterfall of about twenty metres. The hike is easy, ideal for families but also for nature lovers.
Close to the gorge is Larrau, famous for its mountain scenery and for its famous “Holzarte footbridge”, a monkey bridge that allows you to cross the Olhadubi canyon while suspended 140 metres high – higher than the second floor of the Eiffel Tower! A thrill guaranteed!
On the outskirts of the village of Souraïde, near Espelette, spend a pleasant day with your family at Ttiki Leku! Nestled in a forest, this family park is designed for children up to 12 years old. There are a multitude of outdoor games for all ages: aquabully (mini-cruise on the water for the little ones), parcabout (large net suspended like trampolines in the trees), inflatables, pedal karts, mini-golf, and much more. All this in a quiet, wooded environment, with plenty of space and nice spots for picnics in the forest.
Address: Ttiki Leku Park: Chemin d’Otsantza, 64250 Souraïde,
Good to know: open from Easter to All Saints’ Day, price from 3 to 60 years old / 8,50 €, over 60 years old / 7 €, free for under 3 years old.
It’s not always easy to find fun and original activities to keep children occupied. So why not try a Basque cooking class? Head for Sare and the Basque Cake Museum. This is an opportunity for the whole family to learn a little about the history of the Basque Country, but above all about the steps involved in making the famous cake. Of course, you will leave with your own Basque cake under your arm. A good time to share with your apprentice pastry chefs, especially as the chef is a real enthusiast with a sense of humour.
Address: Le Musée du Gâteau Basque, Départementale 406, Maison Haranea, Quartier Lehenbiscay, 64310 Sare,
Good to know: workshop led by a pastry chef, adult price/9 €, children/7 €, information and reservations: 06 71 58 06 69.
The all-terrain scooter is accessible from 12 years old, from 1m40. It is a great mix of sensations between mountain biking and skiing thanks to its upright position. Light and easy to handle, it will allow you to make beautiful strolls more or less sportive according to your level. Ideal to spend a great time with friends or family while enjoying this fantastic setting.
Address : Opposite the Venta Elizalde – Col d’Ibardin – 64122 URRUGNE
Are you ready for adventure and excitement? Discover the largest adventure and paintball park in the Basque Country.
South of Saint-Jean de Luz, in the magnificent Basque town of Urrugne, discover the Oihana Adventure Park. Enjoy a natural wooded area of more than 4000m2 with a view of the sea! Come and play Paintball with your family and explore the 120 workshops, spread over 7 levels, including zip lines. Exclusive to the Basque Country, try the Quick Jump, a free fall simulator during the course!
Paintball at Oihana is accessible from 7 years old on the children’s parts and 12 years old on the adult parts, an original activity to discover with your family.
The activity park is accessible from 3 years old, to practice a physical, original and playful activity in the heart of a magnificent pine forest.
Enjoy the beautiful beaches for your family vacation in Biarritz
Have you spent some time visiting Biarritz with your family? Let’s go for a relaxing break on one of its beaches. There is no shortage of sandy beaches.
On the other hand, you are on the Atlantic coast, so the kids will mostly be making sandpits and wading in the water:
- The central beach of Biarritz is simply… the Grande Plage where Biarrots and holidaymakers meet: fortunately it is big enough to hold everyone.
- From the Laminak it will take you about 15 minutes to get to the big beach of Biarritz.
The most family friendly beach in the area is in St Jean de Luz (village beach – La Grande Plage) – the others tend to have good surf. From the Laminak it will take you about 15 minutes to get to Saint Jean de Luz
For your family vacation in Biarritz what better than a hotel with a pool
The large swimming pool at the Hotel Laminak Biarritz Arbonne, a charming hotel in the Basque Country, offers you a relaxing summer escape in a green oasis.
12 meters long and 6 meters wide, the pool is the largest outdoor pool of the hotels in Arbonne and surroundings.
The pool is surrounded by inviting loungers, elegant umbrellas and a lush garden.
Surfing initiation in Biarritz or Ilbarritz with your family
Who says South West, says surfing! It is impossible to come to Biarritz, the cradle of this sport, without a surfing session, whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner.
18 surf schools are listed in Biarritz and offer you various formulas to learn and progress at your own pace, in groups or solo, for 100% surfing holidays!
Let your children discover golf during your vacations in Biarritz
All year long, the 5 golf schools of Ilbarritz offer individual lessons as well as initiation and improvement courses. Once the necessary notions to play the game are acquired, the 9-hole course allows you to put into practice what you have learned.
Philippe Mendiburu Junior Course
This course is for all young people from 7 to 14 years old who have never played golf but wish to discover this wonderful sport. Other improvement courses are also available.
Good to know : Course duration: 4 days – Hourly duration: 8 hours
Website: Philippe Mendiburu Golf School
Hiking, with a ride on the little train at La Rhune
Your children will love this old train that makes tchou-tchou. It’s been 90 years since this little rack train climbs the mountain at 9 km/hour to the Rhune, the first summit of the Pyrenees, at an altitude of 905 meters.
Departure from the Col de Saint Ignace station, 10 km from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in Sare. A village classified among the most beautiful in France, that you absolutely must visit before or after…
The Laminak, a hotel in Biarritz ranked among the best boutique establishments in the Basque Country
Coming to the Laminak to spend your summer vacations is to ensure that you will have an exceptional time. However, it is important to choose the right hotel in Biarritz.
At the boutique hotel Le Laminak Biarritz Arbonne everything is done to make your stay in the Basque Country as pleasant as possible. Indeed, its top-of-the-range services and its exceptional location are undeniable assets.
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