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La côte basque: the BAI Summer School  in set in one of  Europe's most prized tourist destinations. The former home of the kingdom of Navarre offers you breathtaking landscapes, as well as history, culture, and leisure time activities to suit all tastes.


Bayonne is a city in the Basque Country region of southwest France, where the Nive and Adour rivers meet. Narrow medieval streets characterize the old Grand Bayonne district. Here lie the Gothic-style Bayonne Cathedral, with its 13th-century cloister, and Château Vieux castle. Across the Nive river in the Petit Bayonne district is the Musée Basque, a museum devoted to the region’s arts, crafts and traditions.




Biarritz, an elegant seaside town on southwestern France’s coast, has been a popular resort since European royalty began visiting in the 1800s. It’s also a major surfing destination, with long sandy beaches and surf schools. A symbol of Biarritz, the Rocher de la Vierge is a rocky outcrop topped with a statue of the Virgin Mary. Reached via footbridge, it offers sweeping views of the Bay of Biscay.


setting2.jpgSan Sebastián is a world renowned resort town on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s mountainous Basque Country. It’s known for Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, beaches framed by a picturesque bayfront promenade, and world-renowned restaurants helmed by innovative chefs. In its cobblestoned old town (Parte Vieja), upscale shops neighbor vibrant pintxo bars pairing local wines with bite-size regional specialties.



The Principality of Laàs is situated in south-western France. Laàs was declared, after “savant mathematical calculations” to be the “center of the world”. Mixing humor with territorial marketing, the principality” has its own castle, a written constitution, a commitment to local well-being, and one of the largest art deco collections in Europe. As any respectable “principality”, Laàs has its own industry producing French berets, southwest cuisine, jewelry, handicrafts, and tall tales!