And while we're talking about surfing in France, there's no ignoring the waves of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and the Basque Country. Adored for years for the beauty of the encircling coasts, their perfect rollers and turquoise hues, the waves of the South-West can sometimes be a hot and spicy experience. From Anglet to Hendaye, a string of venues await novices and enthusiasts alike. And for a perfect round trip, Bayonne and its festivals are the ideal start and end point.
Where to sleep : at the hotelF1 in Bayonne, at the start and end of the Basque surf trail.
• If you are travelling North, stop off at the Saint Pardon port in Vayre to surf the tidal bore in the Dordogne when the tides are at their highest.