Col d’Ibardin (REF : A15)
220 Route d’Olhette, Urrugne, 64122, FranceView on map
Why stay here ...
Set in an oak forest at the foot of the Basque Pyrenees, the main appeal of this family owned site is that you’re only minutes from mountains, the beach, and the Spanish border, meaning there’s plenty to explore during a stay here.
In high season there’s plenty onsite to occupy families, with a heated pool and play area, while the onsite restaurant serves delicious local food. While the pitches are spacious and well shaded, this site isn’t recommended for American-style motorhomes.
The local area has no shortage of things to do. Biarritz and Bayonne are close by, and the Spanish town of Pamplona is just over an hour’s drive. In August enjoy the Fete de San Sebastien where you can see fireworks evey night during the festival - its only 30 mins drive over the border into Spain .The beaches offer plenty of opportunity for water sports and there are some lovely walking and cycling routes through the Pyrenees.
Take the Train de la Rhune – this 95 yr old train route takes you up to a 950 m altitude with a panoramic view of the Pyrenees and the Pays Basque
Around & About
Saint Jean de Luz, Spanish border, Biarritz, Bayonne, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Guggenheim museum, Pamplona bull run,Sea fishing, Surfing, Horse-riding, Water sports, Hiking, Cycling
Latest arrival time - low: 8:00 PM
Latest arrival time - high: 8:00 PM
Earliest departure time - low: 7:00 AM
Earliest departure time - high: 7:00 AM
From the A63 take exit 2 (St Jean de Luz-Sud) follow signs for Urrugne/Col d’Ibardin on the D810. At the roundabout in Urrunge take the 3rd exit on to the D4 (Ascain/Sare). Continue on the D4 for 2.5miles/4km. Shortly before the campsite there is a right turn signed Col d’Ibardin (D404) do NOT take this turning, continue towards Grottes de Sare (on the D4) and the site entrance will be on the right in 200m.
- Distance to Calais: (kms)
- Lat 43.334025 / Lon -1.684531
- Michelin map no.
- Nearest port: Santander (228 kms)
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I don't know where the photo on the caravan club page for this site comes from, but there aren't any pine trees......just lots of oak! We arrived at this site on a lovely sunny day. The site is so covered in mature oak trees though, that most, if not nearly all, of the pitches are totally shaded. We didn't really consider this a problem initially, but soon realised there was no sun at all on the pitch, and so if we wanted to sunbathe the poolside was the only option. Not a problem we thought.....except, as it is a smallish pool there is no lifeguard which meant that loads of teenage kids were dive hombing into the pool constantly which meant I daren't read my kindle for fear of it getting wet. (A proper book would have fared no better!) it was not possible to relax there. The evening entertainment on the first night we were there was fab, a traditional Spanish group. Unfortunately, every night after was awful. Bad talent shows. Reps trying, but failing, to be funny/act/sing. No opportunity for English kids to join in. A real disappointment. The site does have a pets corner, and a nice little play area to occupy children. Facilities are dated, but kept very clean. Take your own toilet roll though, as they don't provide it. Also, we did eat at the restuarant twice, and the food was brilliant both times. The area is fab, loads to go and do and see, and we really liked popping over into Spain and back. The Rhune train is great, and the caves nearby. The home of Edmond Rostand at Arnarga is also well worth a visit. We would go back to the area, but we won't go back to the site.