Access and climate

A mild climate

  • 1921 hrs of sunshine per year (2009 - Météo France)
  • Average summer day temperature: 23,6°C
  • Average sring day temperature: 18,5°C
  • Average winter day temperature: 13°C
  • Average automne day temperature: 15,7°C
  • Even though the number of golf courses might not be a coincidence, the weather is much more sunny than in Ireland! Summers are quite warm (an average of around 24° with regular picks up to 30°) and when the clouds coming from the big Atlantic get hooked by the Pyrenees there might be a good rain! But it doesn’t last long since the Atlantic climate is changeable and a rainy morning is often followed by a sunny afternoon. Local people say that the weather changes at each tide (more or less every 6 hours then). This explains the lush if not exactly tropical vegetation. The water temperature is a rather regular average of 22° in summer which is higher than many parts of the French Mediterranean. Summer nights are more restfull too than in a Mediterranean climate since they are cooler. Winter climate is mild on the coast but more extreme as the altitude rises in the Pyrenees.


Easy access from the UK

  • Airports: 4 international airports: Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz airport with direct flights to/from the UK and Ireland on Ryanair, BmiBaby, Easyjet, British Airways and Flybe. Pau airport , Bordeaux airport, and Bergerac Airport. Aiport in San Sebastian and Limoges might be handy too.
  • Motorways: A63 winds along the coast connecting Spain to Biarritz and Bordeaux, meets the A64 in Bayonne coming from Toulouse via Pau. The brand new and beautiful A10 connects Dordogne with Paris via Limoges.
  • Railway: TGV serves Agen, Arcachon, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Dax, Hendaye and Pau and journey last 3 to 4 hours.
  • Ferry harbours: Portsmouth – Bilbao or Santander