Driving a couple kilometers south from Biarritz the Pyrenaes get visible and suddenly the font changes – Welcome to the Basque Region.
The countryside is lush green, the towns have beautiful, old centers and the surf is empty. The people are very friendly, but this is the place where I had to learn spanish quickly. Don’t worry about the language barrier, in case just say “balle” (pronounce like valle and say it as much as possible).
Slowing down the travel along the coast of Cantabria in Spain to see century old sights and go for loads of surf sessions.