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Culture & traditions of the Basque Country

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In Aquitaine, our campsite in the Basque counrty is the ideal holiday destination for discovering the Basque villages, beaches and culture.
We’re delighted that you’re interested in discovering the Basque Country, and particularly Biarritz and Bidart.

Would you say beret, Basque cake and Basque pelota? You’re almost there…
In addition to the Basque language “Euskara”, 64 inherits traditions that will conquer the greatest and the smallest.

Basque culture is present everywhere: in language, architecture, songs and dances, sports and gastronomy.

The Basque Country is full of treasures and you will have to cross the Spanish border to discover some of them

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THE TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY

The songs of the Basques 
Traditional songs in Basque often punctuate family gatherings but can also be heard in Basque choral societies…

Basque music
The txistu is a three-hole right flute that animates Basque dances, accompanied by the Danbolin, a small drum that hangs on the left arm with a braided cord, as well as the accordion and many other original instruments

Sports 
Basque pelota with its “pediments” (walls) is THE sport in the Basque Country.
Basque strength is a particular sport that has been created by the challenges posed by young Basques between the farms in the region for centuries. This tradition has been transformed into a multi-sport competition: trunk cutting with an axe, stone pulling, stone lifting, tug-of-war, etc. 16 disciplines are now officially recognized. Throughout the year, you can attend friendly sporting events and even test your strength and learn about pelota.

Gastronomy

We find the famous Gâteau Basque, born in Cambo-les-bains. Made from a sweet and melting shortbread paste, and topped with local black cherry jam or pastry cream, a real treat. You will find an authentic bakery next to the campsite, “Le Domaine de Bassilour”, where you can admire the period grain presses and taste their unique products.
Bayonne’s ham and chocolate are inevitable and emblematic of the city

Come and enjoy your holidays in our accommodation in Bidart and enjoy the Basque culture without moderation !

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At Camping Oyam, we organise shows where Basque folklore is promoted. Oyam café offers local dishes with specialities from Basque gastronomy.
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Camping Oyam is part of the group of high-end campsites Airotel. Airotel campsites remain independent and are all driven by the quest for excellence in outdoor hotels in the Basque Country and France.

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