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The best spots to learn to surf in Bidart

You know how a beginner surf course works, now discover the different surf spots of Bidart.

Bidart has six beaches that extend over 5 km and all are monitored in July and August. They extend from Biarritz to Guethary with rugged cliffs that give a wild appearance. Ilbarritz beach (north of Bidart) is the most famous, surrounded by a golf course and dominated by Ilbarritz Castle. Be careful, because of the many rocks on the coast, swimming can be dangerous in some areas; we recommend that you follow the rescuers’ instructions to find the safest swimming areas depending on the weather and tides. The centre of the village of Bidart is rich with beautiful farms and several pediments typical of the region. The proximity of Biarritz, Guéthary and St-Jean-de-Luz makes Bidart a popular destination during the summer season. The coastal path begins in Bidart and ends in Hendaye.

Bidart’s surf spots:

Ilbarritz Beach

Spot type: Beach, Reef. Offshore wind: To the east. Type of ground: Sand and rocks. Best tide: At mid- and high tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 2.9 m. Direction of swell: West, North Lat Long: 43.460363, -1.579284.

Overhung by the castle of ilbarritz known as haunted, this beach is the last one north of Bidart. The Lamouly River delimiting its border with the Milady de Biarritz beach, we find pretty hollow and fast bowls around high tide. Mixing rocks and sand, these waves are generally surfed by medium to experienced riders. With two car parks nearby, it is easily accessible and therefore relatively busy.

Pavillon Royal Beach

Spot type: Beach, Reef. Offshore wind: To the east. Type of ground: Sand and rocks. Best tide: At mid-tide.
Wave size: 0.8 to 2.5 m. Direction of swell: West, North Lat Long: 43.455808, -1.582350.

Enclosed to the north by the ilbarritz golf course, then bordered by a campsite and the sumptuous residence that gives the name to this beach, the Pav, so named by the locals, offers you a wild and idyllic setting. After a good 5 minutes of walking, which limits the number of visitors to the most motivated, you will find a large sandy beach offering different peaks with different characteristics. Surfable at almost any time of the year, this spot is generally visited by intermediate and experienced surfers. Be careful with the current that can play tricks on you.

Erretegia Beach

Spot type: Beach, Reef. Offshore wind: To the east. Type of ground: Sand and rocks. Best tide: At mid-tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 2.5 m. Direction of swell: West, North Lat Long: 43.444073, -1.592203.

To the south and in the continuity of the Royal Pavilion, bordered by cliffs and protected endemic vegetation, it is the most natural and wild beach in Bidart. Mixing slightly rocky and sandy areas, as in the Royal Pavilion, we find a magnificent setting for unforgettable sessions. This spot is surfing at low and mid tide, but also in some cases at high tide. Since access is not easy, population regulation is a natural process.

Ecole de Surf Bidart Guethary
Central Beach

Spot type: Beach, Reef. Offshore wind: To the east. Type of ground: Sand and rocks. Best tide: At mid-tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 2.9 m. Direction of swell: West, North Lat Long: 43.437973, -1.595930.

With a decent swell on a rising tide, you can have a good session here. It is packed in the summer and there are some large rocky slabs to watch out for especially at the southern end of the beach. Pollution of the Uhabia River can be a problem if the current drags northward.

Central Beach is a decent beachbreak that offers a wide range of possibilities and works on any tide. There is a decent right straight ahead and a nice left at the northern end of the beach. At the southern end, there is a deeper wave that allows you to tub on the right day. The atmosphere is always pleasant and relaxed.

Uhabia Beach

Spot type: Beach, Reef. Offshore wind: To the east. Type of ground: Sand and rocks. Best tide: At mid-tide.
Wave size: 0.5 to 3 m. Direction of the swell: South, West Lat Lat Long: 43.431789, -1.600781. Uhabia Beach takes its name from the river that crosses Bidart and flows into the sea. Heading south on the road to Spain, you will find the place just after the Uhabia estuary. You can often have a good surf here; the river carves pretty sandbanks and kicks right and left near the mouth of the river. The stain tends to become more pronounced when the swell is large. There are a few rocks to monitor and pollution of the river can be a problem if the current

There are a few rocks to watch for and pollution of the river can be a problem if the current drags south.

The Uhabia is one of the only break at the exit of a river in the region. The spot is known to resist a good swell, especially at the southern end. It’s a good place to go if it’s too big elsewhere. You will find a beautiful long, soft wave to the right and left, but the wave can quickly build up power on big days. You will find steeper walls at the northern end of the beach, but it closes quickly if there is too much swell. Beware of rocks at the extreme north and south of the beach and sometimes pollution of the river, especially after heavy rains.