VENUE

RECOVERY ON THE BEACH IN BIARRITZ -CONVENTION & WORKSHOP SERIES-

PURPOSE CREATED FOR AA 12 STEP AND RELATED PROGRAM MEMBERS
(Start/return London Stanstead, air-travel costs not included in registration fee)

* FEATURING LONG-TIME SOBER QUALIFIED SPEAKERS AND PROFESSIONALS.
* EACH WORKSHOP/MINI-CONVENTION HAS AN EXCLUSIVE PROGRAMME.
* COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM STUDY IN INTIMATE SURROUNDINGS.

Each mini-convention/workshop has an individual exclusive programme schedule which is published separately in advance of each event. See calendar below.

VENUE: BIARRITZ-ANGLET

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BIARRITZ is the only surf town in the world with a royal history, is located on the Atlantic coast in the French Basque Country in southwestern France 22 miles from the border with Spain. It is a seaside tourist destination known for the Hôtel du Palais, its casinos, and its surfing culture. It is a combination of French high culture and SoCal surf culture, putting a decidedly surfy spin on the notion of joie de vivre. More about Biarritz | Biarritz History | Spirituality, Basque mythology, and religion | The Basques & whaling | Spirituality, Basque mythology, and religion |  Video | Slideshow |

ANGLET is part of the B.A.B. (Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz), district, neighbouring Biarritz. The sandy coast starts 200 km to the north and ends in Anglet at the Biarritz Lighthouse. Anglet is 10% forested with a coastal reserve. The Adour River (ninth largest port in France) enters the Atlantic Ocean on the northern border of the community. | More about Anglet | Slideshow | Video

Belambra Anglet-Biarritz  Google Map | Website

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on the beach in Biarritz-Anglet, Belambra Club is a short distance from Biarritz town center. Built and designed to represent an Ocean Liner makes it a novelty. It is a Three Star hotel, offering 2 outdoor pools and a bar with panoramic views. Guest rooms and apartments are decorated with bright colours and feature sea views. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge, and private bathroom.  More about Belambra | Slideshow

Belambra features a buffet restaurant with a terrace, serving regional specialities. Breakfast lunch and dinner are available every day. Free Wi-Fi access is available along with free private parking. Belambra is 6 km from Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport


TARIFFS

Workshop/convention tariffs are full-board.
Arrive Friday afternoon/evening.Tariff-logo
Depart Sunday (evening flight/s).
Low Season: (March-April-Oct).
€395.00 per person/workshop.
High Season: (May-June-Sept).
€495.00 per person/workshop.

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES;
1,
Convention & Presentations.
2,
Accommodation with ocean views.
3, All meals Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.
4
, Two coffee breaks/snacks each day.
5, Mini- van/bus taxi transport from/to Biarritz airport.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE*
Excursions: LourdesSan Sebastian, Loyola, Bilbao (Guggenheim museum)
Pricing and details available on request. | More info
Tel: +33 (0)5 59 26 25 87 | Email: citybreak@basque-bondissant.com
Surfing and Surf lessons:
€35.00 per lesson/30 per week includes wetsuit & surfboard.
Tel: +33 6 48 79 70 42 | Email: jltcsurfschool@gmail.com
Ski the French Pyrenees: (in Season)
Choose from thirty-Eight ski stations in ‘the Other Alps
Biarritz: Tourisme: +33 (0)559 223 710 | E: biarritz.tourisme@biarritz.fr
Golfing 9 & 18 holes:
Green fees & renting clubs and equipment available on request.
Tel: +33 5 59 52 51 10 | Email: accueil@golfchiberta.com
Yoga on the Beach:
Hathayoga, Ashtanga yoga, Meditation, Pranayama (breathing exercises)
Free for convention attendees. Email: Marlingyoga@gmail.com

*Optional activities are at additional expense.

Travel Options:
1, Attend mini-convention exclusively, Friday evening to Sunday evening.
2, Extend your stay, arrive mid-week and depart mid-week, avail of special prices.

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Walking & fitness trails in Chiberta forest.
Landscaped path along coastal beaches.
11 renowned surfing spots in Anglet.
Thalassotherapy spa 3.5 km from Venue.


SCHEDULE

Dates                                  Pricing                               Theme
08-10/Mar                         €395.00/person                Belief and Hope.
22-24/Mar                         €395.00/person                Interpreting the 12 Steps.
12-14/April                       €395.00/person                Alcoholism & Powerlessness.
26-28/April                       €395.00/person                Caring not Judging.
04-06/Oct                          €395.00/person                Interpreting the 12 Steps.
10-14/Oct                         Not available                   Biarritz Int’l AA convention  
18-20/Oct                          €395.00/person                Principles B4 personalities.

Dates                                  Pricing                               Theme
10-12/May                         €495.00/person                Bedevilments Vs promises.
24-26/May                         €495.00/person                Sober Vs Sobriety.
07-09/June                        €495.00/person                Belief and Hope.
21-23/June                        €495.00/person                Interpreting the 12 Steps.
July/August                     Not available.                  Not available.
06-08/Sept                         €495.00/person                Keep It Simple.
20-22/Sept                         €495.00/person                Practicing the principles.

Booking terms and conditions
1, 35% of the total, to register and reserve your booking.
2, Balance 65%, due 60 days in advance of your stay.
3, Late payment may result in cancellation of your booking with no deposit refund.
4, Registrations can be transferred to an other, in the event of illness etc.
5, Changes of schedule and/or themes are at the organiser’s discretion.
6, In the event of any event cancellation those already registered will be refunded.
7, Registrants will be kept aware by newsletter of any changes as they occur.

BOOKING DETAILS
1, Book directly with mini-convention organizers, quote booking codeBAB19W.
2, Bookings are limited to 210 participants per Mini-Convention/Workshop.
3, Participants may be accompanied by non-participants (special tariffs apply).
4, If you’re interested to visit Lourdes an excursion (at add’l cost) can be organised
5, Telephone: +33 (0)559 230 194 | Email: RecoveryOnTheBeach@gmail.com.
6, Payment may be by Debit card, Credit card or by PayPal, via PayPal.

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HELP WITH PLANNING

Tourism offices will help (in English) plan visits to nearby touristic attractions.
Biarritz: T: +33 (0)559 223 710 | E: biarritz.tourisme@biarritz.fr | website
Anglet: T: +33 (0)559 037 701  | E: information@anglet-tourisme.com | website
Bayonne: T: +33 (0)559 460 146  | E: infos@bayonne-tourisme.com | website
Event organisers: T: +33 (0)559 230 194 | E: recoveryonthebeach@gmail.com

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REGISTER FOR YOUR EVENT OF CHOICE

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1, Click under Register to pay 35% deposit.
2,
Click under Confirm/Booking to pay 65% balance 60 days before event.
3, Payment window opens slowly – practice patience! 🙂
4, If you are on Microsoft Windows browser and experiencing difficulty paying
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Dates                                  Pricing                               Register                   Confirm/Booking
08-10/Mar                         €395.00/person                Pay here                    Pay here
22-24/Mar                         €395.00/person                Pay here                    Pay here
12-14/April                       €395.00/person                Pay here                    Pay here
26-28/April                       €395.00/person                Pay here                    Pay here
04-06/Oct                          €395.00/person               Pay here                    Pay here
09-15/Oct                          Not available                 Biarritz International AA convention  
18-20/Oct                          €395.00/person               Pay here                     Pay here

Dates                                  Pricing                               Register                    Confirm/Booking
10-12/May                         €495.00/person               Pay here                     Pay here
24-26/May                         €495.00/person               Pay here                     Pay here
07-09/June                        €495.00/person              Pay here                     Pay here
21-23/June                        €495.00/person              Pay here                     Pay here
July/August                     Not available.                 Not available.         Not available
06-08/Sept                         €495.00/person              Pay here                     Pay here
20-22/Sept                         €495.00/person              Pay here                     Pay here

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY
If you plan on attending the Biarritz International AA Convention 09-15 October you could consider attending one of the workshops scheduled for the weekend immediately before and/or after the International Convention thereby extending your stay in, and visit to, beautiful Pays Basque, as well as some extensive recovery.

Day visits to Lourdes (day excursion prices from €28.00) and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (day excursion prices from €38.00 ) and other places of interest may also be arranged. Special tarifs will apply to those interested in this opportunity in recovery. Contact us by email at recoveryonthebeach@gmail.com

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Sterling pricing (bracketed below) represents approximate value of Ryanair ticket
London-Biarritz and Biarritz-London.

Weekend travel Dates accommodate the mini-convention/workshops.
Early/late arrival/departure dates accommodate an extended visit to Pays Basque.

MARCH
Arr. BIQ 17h20 – 08/03/19 (35.69 stg)
Dep. BIQ 18.05 – 10/03/19 (42.83 stg)

Early option arr. 17h40 BIQ -06/03/19 (26.51 stg)
Late option dep. BIQ – 13/03/19 (26.51 stg)
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MARCH
Arr. BIQ 17h20 – 22/03/19 (50.99 stg)
Dep. BIQ 18.05 – 24/03/19 (26.51 stg)

Early option arr. 17h40 BIQ – 20/03/19 (26.51 stg)
Late option dep. 18h05 BIQ – 27/03/19 (35.69 stg)

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APRIL

Arr. BIQ 17h20 – 12/04/19 (105.05 stg)
Dep. BIQ 18.05 – 14/04/19 (50.99 stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 or 21.05 BIQ – 10/04/19 (42.83 stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 – 16/04/19 (42.83 stg)
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APRIL
Arr. BIQ 26h55 – 26/04/19 (105.05 stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h25 or 22h305 – 28/04/19 (105.05 or 50.99 stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 or 21.05 BIQ – 24/04/19 (86.69 or 72.41 stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 or 21h30 – 30/04/19 (50.99 stg)

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MAY
Arr. BIQ 16h55 – 10/05/19 (127.49 stg)
Dep. BIQ 18.05 – 12/05/19 (50.99 stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 or 21.05 BIQ – 08/05/19 (61.19 stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 or 21h30 – 14-15-16/05/19 (50.99 stg)
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MAY
Arr. BIQ 16h55 – 24/05/19 (127.49 stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h25 or 22h30 – 26/19 (127.49 stg

Early option arr. 16h55 or 21.05 BIQ – 22/05/19 (88.73 stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 or 21h30 – 29/05/19 (74.45 stg)

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JUNE
Arr. BIQ 16h55 – 07/06/19 (105.05 stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h25 or 22h30 – 09/06/19 (127.49 stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 or 21.05 BIQ – 05/05/19 (50.99 stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h25 or 22h30 – 14-15-16/05/19 (127.49 stg)
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JUNE
Arr. BIQ 16h55 – 21/06/19 (127.49 stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h25 or 22h30 – 23/06/19 (127.49 stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 or 21.05 BIQ – 05/05/19 (50.99 stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 or 22h30 – 14-15-16/05/19 (50.99 stg)

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SEPTEMBER
Arr. BIQ 16h55 – 06/09/19 (N/A stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h25 or 22h30 – 08/09/19 (N/A stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 BIQ – 04/09/19 (N/A stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 – 10/09/19 (N/A stg)
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SEPTEMBER
Arr. BIQ 16h55 – 20/09/19 (N/A stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h25 – 22/09/19 (N/A stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 BIQ – 1809/19 (N/A stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 – 24/09/19 (N/A stg)

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OCTOBER
Arr. BIQ 16h55 – 04/10/19 (N/A stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h30 or 22h30 – 06/10/19 (N/A stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 – 02/10/19 (N/A stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 – 08/10/19 (N/A stg)
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OCTOBER
09 to 15 Annual Biarritz International AA Convention.
Discounted accommodation (half-board or full-board) tariffs apply.
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OCTOBER
Arr. BIQ 16h55 –18/10/19 (N/A stg)
Dep. BIQ 17h25 or 22h30 – 20/10/19 (N/A stg)

Early option arr. 16h55 – 16/10/19 (N/A stg)
Late option dep. BIQ 17h30 – 22/10/19 (N/A stg)

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Pricing (stg) quoted above is valid at the date/time of publishing this notice.
Further pricing and flight schedules not available at time of publishing this notice.
Biarritz 2019 International AA convention will take place 11-13 October 2019.
For alternative flights go to  www.skyscanner.com

Celebrate                                                                                                 

We Look forward to seeing you in Biarritz in 2019

 

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More About Belambra Anglet-Biarritz

BELAMBRA ANGLET-BIARRITZ | Google Map | Website | Slideshow | Video

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Set on the beach in Biarritz-Anglet, Belambra Club La Chambre d’Amour is a short distance from Biarritz town center. Belambra, built and designed to represent an Ocean Liner makes it a novelty. It is a Three Star hotel, offering 2 outdoor pools and a bar with panoramic views. The guest rooms and apartments are decorated with bright colours and feature sea views. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a fridge, and private bathroom.

Belambra Club-La Chambre d’Amour features a buffet restaurant with a terrace, serving regional specialities. Breakfast is available every morning. Guests can choose to relax in the lounge, the terrace, the garden, or in the games room. Wi-Fi access is available along with free private parking on site, Belambra Clubs-La Chambre d’Amour is 6 km from Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport.

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Located on a dream beach flanked by cliffs, and with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and Biarritz lighthouse, La Chambre d’Amour in Anglet-Biarritz, the Belambra Club resort is the ideal place to stay in peace and tranquillity.

The Basque Country (Pays Basque) with its traditions, culture, regional food identity, sport and landscape, offers an enormous amount, and lives life to the full summer and winter. It is a paradise for surfers and golfers.

The Anglet-Biarritz coastline is renowned for its lifestyle and culture, set between the ocean and the mountains, and just a few miles from the Spanish border. The majestic cruise ship style Club Belambra in Anglet-Biarritz (two seawater pools and fitness classes) is close to the town’s Thalassotherapy centre.

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Belambra Biarritz-Anglet: TripAdvisor Overview Ratings (2018)
Excellent 26%
Very good 46%
Average 16%
Poor 8%
Terrible 4%

TARIFFS: Convention tariffs are as follows;
Tariffs for 2 nights or more/longer stays.
Single room (half-Board) €82.50/24hrs (€82.50 per person)
Double or Twin room (half-board) €116.00/24hrs (€58.00 per person)
Triple room (half-board) €174.00/24 hrs (€58.00 per person)
(Triple accommodation, one room with a double bed, and one room with two single beds, + bathroom/toilet)

All tariffs are half-board (water included with evening meal)
Supplement for full board changing from half-board is €12.50 per meal / person (water also included with lunch) for mini-conventions/workshops ONLY.
Changes must be advised to the hotel reception staff as early as possible (before your arrival)
Saturday night banquet dinner (12 October 2019) for the Biarritz International convention must be pre-booked before 30 September 2019

Contact telephones:
Belambra Reception Anglet-Biarritz: +33 (0)559 313 131
Belambra Reservations Bourg-La-Reine: +33 (0)177 709 131
Convention Organisers +33 (0)559 230 194

For more details on the venue and accommodation please continue reading below and avail of the links.

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BELAMBRA ANGLET-BIARRITZ

Overlooking the Biarritz lighthouse and at the gateway to Spain, Belambra Club is the perfect place from which to explore Anglet-Biarritz, the Basque Country and beyond! Golf, on one of the 14 courses nearby, Surfing, Walking on the vast beaches, festivities with friends… etc

Features of the Belambra Club
Exceptional location at the water’s edge with beach in front of the resort
Overlooking the ocean, a building inspired by/shaped like an ocean liner
Contemporary designer décor
Close to the Basque Country and Spain
Warm Indian summer and mild winter in the Basque Country

Accommodation
Accommodation comprises 210 Rooms, 205 with Ocean View, 5 with Cliff View. A clear view of the ocean is guaranteed and exclusive VIP services include: 1 reserved parking space, free Wifi in the accommodation, VIP welcome.
Comfort accommodation (5 units): ground floor with cliff view.

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Nearby Attractions
The entire Basque Country is only a few kilometres away: enjoy the mountain air, explore the culture of Basque towns and villages, an exceptional region full of charm and character, right next to Spain and the Pyrenees.

Ancient whaling port, ‘Queen of Resorts and Resort of Kings’, Biarritz, with its huge beach (Plage Centrale) , Ocean Museum, the old port, Chocolate Museum (Musée Chocolat), and Casino. 2000 year old Bayonne, old Corsair/(Pirate) port/town Biarritz, historic border town, Hendaye, and old capital of Lower Navarre Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Hendaye are all nearby.

Picturesque inland villages: quaint Basque village Ainhoa, traditional Basque village Sare, historic Navarrese village La Bastide Clairence, home of first-ever Miss France, Espelette, thirteenth century Arcangues…, Ibardin Pass and its ventas, Basque sacred mythological (Larrun) La Rhune and its vintage rack railway train

And in Spain: Bell Époque San Sebastian, the sanctuary of  Loyola, The Basque Country’s largest city Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum, plus superb golf, and beachfront Thalassotherapy,…

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Nearby activities
Walking and fitness trails in Chiberta forest
Landscaped path along the coastal beaches
11 renowned surfing and body-boarding spots in Anglet
Thalassotherapy centre ‘Atlanthal’ 3.5 km from the Club, fitness, beauty, relaxation and leisure.

Booking Belambra Anglet-Biarritz
Stay at the Convention Venue; Belambra Club Anglet-Biarritz, La Chambre d’Amour.
When booking for the Int’l Convention quote code 19217S for convention discount.
Rooms from €58.00 (half-board) per person/night/sharing (Half Board).
Reservations: +33 (0)177 709 131 | Email: dc.grandscomptes@belambra.fr

Booking Procedure as follows:
1, Full-board or Half-Board  + tax de Sejour (holiday tax – less than 1.00 per day) only.
2, Quote code 19217S to receive convention discount/’tarif préférentiel’.
3, Reservations commence starting in mid-November 2018.
4, Details of Club Belambra and accommodations are available here
5, Reservations can be made in English – quote code 19217S
6, Reserve by telephone to 01 77 70 91 31, or by email to dc.grandscomptes@belambra.fr
7, Booking on the hotel internet/website eliminates receiving the convention discount
8, Attendees receive a confirmation email with a request for a 35% deposit/payment
9, 65% balance must be made/paid 30 days before arrival, by one of the following means
9a, Credit or Debit card issued only in European Union, United States of America and Canada
9b, By direct bank transfer to;

Belambra Clubs Encaissements,
63 Avenue du Generale Leclerc,
92340 Bourg-La-Reine,
France

Bank:
BNP PARISBAS MONTPARNASSE ENT  (00274)
Bank Code: 30004 | Agency Code: 00274 | Account Number: 00011025427 | Cle RIB: 58
Or
IBAN: FR76 3000 4002 7400 0110 2542 757
SWIFT-BIC: BNPAFRPPPXV

10, Email babanglophonegroup@gmail.com if you require any additional assistance.

Book directly at the international AA convention discount price.
Call or email reservations and quote code 19217S

aCCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION
Rooms overlooking the ocean, inspired/designed in the shape of a cruise ship
Overlooking the ocean, 210 accommodation units with 1 to 3 rooms (on 6 levels)
Exceptional location at the water’s edge.
Sweeping views of the ocean and overlooking Biarritz lighthouse
All accommodations (except Comfort) have a sea view
Comfort accommodation: ground floor has cliff view
Half Board or full board accommodation
Breakfast and lunch or dinner included, dinner included in Full Board.
Accommodations do not include a kitchen; bedroom/s only

ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTIONS (1/6)

1-6

(1): One-room accommodation 14-16 m² (2 People maximum). Bedroom: double bed or 2 single beds that can be converted into 1 double bed
Location: ‘Privilege’ accommodation (ocean view) -subject to availability
on the 2nd and 4th levels/floors, single level or maximum 6 steps
‘Comfort’ accommodation (cliff view) – subject to availability: garden level – level 0.

Bathroom: Shower and WC

Equipment: Flat-screen television, mini-fridge, safe, duvet, vacuum cleaner
Services included: Beds made on arrival (sheets provided), towels provided and new: changed midweek. Cleaning on departure

ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTIONS (2/6)

2-6

(2): 2-bedroom accommodation 26 m² (3 People maximum)
(Suitable for handicapped persons with help)
Bedroom 1: 2 single beds that can be converted into 1 double bed (with the exception of 1 accommodation: double bed)
Bedroom 2: 1 single bed
Bathroom: Shower and separate WC
Equipment: Flat-screen television, mini-fridge, safe, duvet, vacuum cleaner
Services included: Beds made on arrival (sheets provided), towels provided and new: changed midweek. Cleaning on departure

ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTIONS (3/6)

3-6

(3): 2-bedroom accommodation 26 m² (4 People maximum)
Bedroom 1: 2 single beds that can be converted into 1 double bed (with the exception of 8 apartments: bedroom with double bed)
Bedroom 2: 2 single beds or 2 bunk beds* or 1 single bed + 1 trundle bed (Warning – *Top bunk not suitable for children under 6)
Location: Double-aspect apartment with one room overlooking the sea and the other room overlooking the cliffs on levels/floors 1 to 6.
Between 16 and 40 steps to enter the accommodation
Bathroom: Shower and separate WC
Equipment: Flat-screen television, mini-fridge, safe, duvet, vacuum cleaner
Services included: Beds made on arrival (sheets provided), towels provided and new: changed midweek, cleaning on departure
ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTIONS (4/6)

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(4): 2-bedroom accommodation 26 m² (4 People maximum)
Bedroom 1: 2 single beds that can be converted into 1 double bed (with the exception of 8 apartments: bedroom with double bed) Bedroom 2: 2 single beds or 2 bunk beds* or 1 single bed + 1 trundle bed – (Warning – *Top bunk not suitable for children under 6) Location: Double-aspect apartment with one room overlooking the sea and the other room overlooking the cliffs on levels/floors 1 to 6. Between 16 and 32 steps to enter the accommodation

Bathroom: Shower and separate WC
Equipment: Flat-screen television, mini-fridge, safe, duvet, vacuum cleaner
Services included: Beds made on arrival (sheets provided), towels provided and new: changed midweek, cleaning on departure
ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTIONS (5/6)

5-6

(5): 2-bedroom accommodation 28 m² (5 People maximum)
Bedroom 1: 2 single beds that can be converted into 1 double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 single bed, 2 bunk beds – (Warning – Top bunk not suitable for children under 6)
Location: Double-aspect apartment with one room overlooking the ocean and the other room overlooking the cliffs on level/floor 2, building. Accessible via the outside – between 6 and 22 steps

Bathroom: Shower and separate WC
Equipment: Flat-screen television, mini-fridge, safe, duvet, vacuum cleaner
Services included: Beds made on arrival (sheets provided), towels provided and new: changed midweek, cleaning on departure

ACCOMMODATION DESCRIPTIONS (6/6)

6-6

(6): 3-bedroom accommodation 40 m² (6 People maximum)
Bedroom 1: 2 single beds
Location: one bedroom with sea view and other bedrooms overlooking the cliffs.
Accessible from outside, between 6 and 8 steps Bedrooms 2 & 3: 2×2 single beds that can be converted into 1 double beds

Bathroom: Shower and separate WC

Equipment: Flat-screen television, mini-fridge, safe, duvet, vacuum cleaner
Services included: Beds made on arrival (sheets provided), towels provided and new: changed midweek, cleaning on departure

Services at extra charge:
Hotel Service options:
Beds made and cleaning done every day, towels provided and changed on request.
Sheets changed during your stay if required (always changed at the end of the week for stays of more than one week)
Must be booked at the time of reservation/booking

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CATERING

• Restaurant with terrace overlooking the ocean
• Lounge bar* with fireplace, patio and terraces with panoramic view of the ocean
• “Liberty” half board or full board
• Buffet meals with theme evening and regional evening during the week

The chefs have more than one trick up their sleeves to offer you enjoyable moments: rich, varied buffets with the best ingredients, based on delicious recipes cooked with generosity, variety, pleasure and quality in mind.

Breakfast   Lunch and Dinner
A “giant” buffet breakfast: hot drinks, fruit juice, pastries, various types of bread, selection of jams and spreads, savoury buffet (eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, etc.), fresh fruit, dairy products, cereals.    Themed buffets offering refined dishes accompanied by entertainment.

Also on the menu are regional specialities, delicacies from around the world and show cooking!
HALF BOARD / FULL BOARD – Select the right meal package for you :
Half board is exclusive to Belambra: lunch, dinner or both.
Full board* breakfast, lunch and dinner – everything is included!
Possibility of purchasing individual meals on-site, subject to availability.

Le B’Croq
Snacking & light meals* during the opening hours of the bar

Club details “Club Belambra La Chambre d’Amour”
Reception: +33(0)559 313 131 / Fax: +33(0)559 033 379
Address: Club Belambra “La Chambre d’Amour ”
2 Promenade des Sources, 64600 Anglet, France

Check in: Week-long stays & short weekday breaks
Arrival between 5 pm and 10 pm / departure before 10 am
Short weekend breaks
Arrival between 5 pm and 8 pm / departure before 10 am
Outside the school holidays: arrival from midday on Saturday (or public holiday), check-out before 2 pm on Sunday (or public holiday) – Possibility to enjoy from Club facilities until 6 pm
Reception opening times: Every day – open 24 hours a day

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Nearby
Grocery store 2 km
Bakery 1 km
Newspapers 1 km
Tobacconist on site
Regular coach service in front of the club or 400 m away
Bank 1 km
ATM 300 m
Cinema in Anglet, Bayonne and Biarritz
Hairdresser on site
Doctor 1 km (Anglet)
Post office 1 km (Anglet)
Car hire 1 km (possibility of delivery to the Club upon request)
Bike hire 1 km (possibility of delivery to the Club upon request)
Petrol station 2 km

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On site:
Restaurant with terrace overlooking the ocean
Lounge bar with fireplace, patio and terraces with panoramic view over the ocean
“La Bodega” beach bar serving fast food (July/August)
Relaxation rooms and board games
Sea water swimming pool with children’s pool: Large 297 m² pool + small 190 m² pool + 32 m² paddling pool open throughout the season – possibility of swimming lessons
1 sports ground
1 pétanque court
Leoland children’s playground
Table tennis tables (bats and balls on sale at reception)
Luggage can be left at reception
Laundrette (extra charge): washing machine + tumble dryer
Ironing board and iron available at the laundrette
Loan of baby equipment (push chair, baby carrier)
Leisure equipment for hire: board and card games (e.g.: Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, etc.), balls, petanque balls
Newspapers: 1 regional daily newspaper available
Pets not accepted
Site equipped with defibrillator
Wifi (extra charge) in accommodation and reception area (from 2€ per day for 2 devices to 20€ per week for 5 devices)
Free enclosed car park at club
Excursions on sale at reception

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Tariffs
No Bed + Breakfast only tariff, you must select Half or Full board
Half board package: Breakfast + lunch OR dinner included / Accommodation without kitchen
Full board package: Breakfast + lunch AND dinner included / Accommodation without kitchen
Breakfast: A “giant” buffet breakfast: hot drinks, fruit juice, pastries, variety of bread, selection of jams and spreads, savoury buffet (egg, bacon, sausage, cheese, …), fresh fruit, dairy products, cereals.
Lunch: Summer buffet meals for big and little appetites alike: grilled meat, wide selection of salads, savoury tarts.
Dinner: Theme buffets offering refined dishes accompanied by entertainment. On the menu, you can enjoy regional specialities, delicacies from around the world and show cooking!

Belambra Biarritz-Anglet Convention Tariffs
Preferential convention tariffs are as follows;
Tariffs for 2 nights or more/longer stays.
Be sure to mention/quote booking code 19217S
Single room (half-Board) €82.50/24hrs ( 82.50 per person)
Double or Twin room (half-board) €116.00/24hrs (€58.00 per person)
Triple room (half-board) €174.00/24 hrs (€58.00 per person)
(Triple accommodation, one room with a double bed, and one room with two single beds, + bathroom/toilet)
* All prices are half-board (water included with evening meal)
* Supplement for full board – €12.50 per lunch meal / person (water also included with lunch).

Booking terms and conditions
35% of the total to reserve/confirm of your booking
35% 60 days in advance of your stay
Balance payable upon departure

BOOKING DETAILS

Bookings need to be made direct with the Hotel Central Reservations, quote booking code 19217S by Telephone: +33 (0)177 709 131 or Email: dc.grandscomptes@belambra.fr
Quote the special convention code 19217S to avail of the preferential tariffs negotiated
Following your booking request by telephone or email you will receive an initial confirmation (in English or language of choice) by email.
You will be requested to pay your reservation by debit/credit card and/or for certain countries of residence, by direct bank transfer
A mandatory minimal holiday tax 91.00euo or less) is added to the booking, in each instance

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MEETING ROOMS
Salle Kirola – AA Meetings / (Opening & Closing ceremonies)
Salle Makila – AL-Anon meetings (one salle only)

Venue Address
Club Belambra “La Chambre d’Amour ”
2 Promenade des Sources
64600 Anglet
France
Reception: +33(0)5 59 31 31 31
Reservations: +33(0)177 709 131

Contact us by email if you have any queries babanglophonegroup@gmail.com

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Convention Programme 2019

PROGAMME: 2019

Tuesday 8 October 2019
12h00-13h00 Local AA Group (Topic meeting)

Wednesday 9 October 2019
18h30-19h30 Pre-convention Informal AA Meeting
18h30-19h30 Pre-convention Informal Al-Anon Meeting

Thursday 10 October 2019
15h00-18h15 Registration/Information Desk Open (Lobby)
18h30-19h30 Pre-convention AA Meeting (open) (Salle Makila)
20h00 31st Anniversary Celebration meal in venue restaurant (reserve here)

Friday 11 October 2019
15h00-19h00 Registration/Information Desk Open (Lobby)
19h30-20h00 Welcoming/Opening Ceremony (Salle Kirola)
20h00-21h00 Speaker/Discussion Meeting (Salle Kirola)
22h00-??h?? Marathon Pop-in Pop-out Meeting (Salle Kirola)
22h00-??h?? Al-Anon Meeting/s (Salle Makila)

Saturday 12 October 2019
07h00-08h00 Early Bird AA Meeting (tbd)
07h00-08h00 Early Bird Al-Anon Meeting (tbd)
09h00-18h30 Registration/Information Desk Opens (Lobby)
09h30-10h30 Speaker/Discussion Meeting (Salle Kirola)
09h30-13h00 Al-Anon/Breakout meetings (Sale Makila)
11h00-12h00 Speaker/Discussion Meeting (Salle Kirola)
13h00-20h00 Al-Anon/Breakout Meeting(s) (Salle Makila)
13h30-14h30 Speaker/Discussion Meeting (Salle Kirola)
15h00-16h00 Speaker Presentation Meeting (Salle Kirola)
16h30-18h30 Speaker Presentation Meeting (Salle Kirola)
19h00-20h00 Speaker/Discussion Meeting (Salle Kirola)
20h00-22h00 Banquet (This is an ‘extra’ event)
BANQUET: Advanced Booking and Payment Is ESSENTIAL)
22h00-02h00 Musical & Social Gathering (Tbd/Salle Kirola)
22h00-02h00 Pop-in/Pop-out Open Meetings (Salle Makila)

Sunday 13 October 2019
07h00-08h00 Early Bird AA Meeting (tbd)
07h00-08h00 Early Bird Al-Anon Meeting (tbd)
09h00-10h00 Speaker/Discussion Meeting (Salle Kirola)
09h00-10h00 Al-Anon Meeting (Salle Makila)
10h45-12h00 Closing Ceremony
(Old-Timers panel – Raffle Draw – Countdown – Final Announcements
18h00-19h00 Stay-Overs’ Meeting (open) (Salle Kirola)

Monday 15 October 2018
18h00-19h00 ‘Stay-Overs’ Informal Meeting (Open) (tbd)

Tuesday 16 October 2018
07h00-08h00 AA/Al-Anon Early Bird Meeting (open) (tbd)
12h00-13h00 AA Meeting (Open) (MVC Polo Beyris / Local Group Meeting)

Salle Kirola = AA Meetings
Salle Makila = Al-Anon Open & Others Meetings

Local meetings
Regular English speaking meetings (Biarritz)
Tuesdays at 12h00/Thursdays at 19h00. Info here & here
Regular French speaking meetings take place as follows:
Monday (Cambo), Tuesday (Bayonne), Wednesday, (Anglet), Thursday (Bayonne), Friday (Biarritz) (see 64 Pyrenees-Atlantiques)
Regular Spanish speaking meetings take place each day in San Sebastian (see Donostia), Irun, and Zarautz. Details here and English speaking here

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Accommodation Oportunities

VENUE ACCOMODATION

Belambra Anglet-Biarritz Google Map  | Website | Slideshow | Video
Set on the beach in Biarritz-Anglet, Belambra Club La Chambre d’Amour is a short distance from Biarritz town center. Belambra, built and designed to represent an Ocean Liner makes it a novelty. It is a Three Star hotel, offering 2 outdoor pools and a bar with panoramic views. The guest rooms and apartments are decorated with bright colours and feature sea views. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a fridge, and private bathroom.

Belambra Club-La Chambre d’Amour features a buffet restaurant with a terrace, serving regional specialities. Breakfast is available every morning. Guests can choose to relax in the lounge, the terrace, the garden, or in the games room. Wi-Fi access is available along with free private parking on site, Belambra Club-La Chambre d’Amour is 6 km from Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport.

Convention tariff: Rooms from €58.00 per person/night/sharing (Half Board)
More info on Belambra Anglet-Biarritz

 

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Résidence Mer et golf
The residence Mer et Golf of Biarritz-Anglet, adjoins the famous centenary golf course “Le Phare”. It has two outdoor pools and a furnished terrace. Comfortable apartments are located just 400 m from the beach of the Chambre d’Amour/convention venue.
Address: 47 boulevard de la Mer 64600 Anglet
Telephone: 05 59 52 70 00
Website: www.meretgolf-anglet.com

Hôtel Chiberta et Golf
Four Star Hotel Room, suites, and apartments, on the Chiberta golf course 200m from the ocean and located 2.8kms/6minutes walk from the convention venue.
Address: 104 Boulevard des plages 64600 Anglet
Telephone: 05 59 58 48 48
Website: www.hotel-chiberta-biarritz.com/

Villa Clara
Four-Star Tourism Residence proposes one studio (2 persons) in the villa, and apartments for 8/10 people 50m from the beach and located 3.3kms/7minutes walk from the convention venue.
Address: 149 boulevard des plages 64600 Anglet
Telephone: 05 59 52 01 52
Website: www.villa-clara.fr/

Hôtel du Palais
Five Star Palace Hotel
Summer palace of Empress Eugenie and Emperor Napoleon 111. Locate approx 3.1 kms/9 minutes walk from the convention venue.
Address: 1 Avenue de l’impératrice 64200 Biarritz
Telephone: 05 59 41 64 00
Website: www.hotel-du-palais.com/#

Regina Biarritz Hôtel et Spa
Four Star Hotel, One of the jewels of Biarritz architecture. Located approx 2.5kms/7 minutes walk from the convention venue.
Address: 52 Avenue de L’impératrice 64200 Biarritz
Telephone: 05 59 41 33 00
Website: www.hotelregina-biarritz.com/

More accommodation options at Trivago | Hotels, Resorts, B&B |Wi-Fi, | Pool, | Breakfast

Self-Catering opportunities at Airbnb | Apartments/Homes/etc.  = Airbnb Chambre d’Amour Anglet


SURFER/BUDGET ACCOMMODATION

Emilie’s B&B
Emilie'sIn an excellent environment in the heart of the residential area of Chiberta, less than 2 km from the event venue, La Barre and Les Cavaliers surf spots.
Emilie and her family welcome you in their charming, spacious villa, surrounded with a large garden.
As a couple or family with children, you will be delighted by the space, and the garden that seems to be made for chilling out and playing. Tel: +33(0)6 16 95 38 44 | www.anglet-tourisme.com

Camping Bela Basque
Bela-Basque
On the border between Anglet and Biarritz, the Bela Basque camping site is an excellent location. Several options are available for different prices: shaded pitches for tents, campervans, motorhomes, also cabins and bungalows, all located in a wooded park of 3 hectares on the heights of Lake Brindos.
Tel: +33(0)5 59 23 03 00 | www.camping-belabasque.com

Azureva
Azureva
Located less than a 10 minute walk from the Event Venue, surf spots and schools, the Azureva Village offers accommodation for 2 to 4 people, with half board or full board.
Tel: +33(0)5 59 58 04 70 | www.azureva-vacances.com

 

Domaine du Pignada
Dom-de-Pignada.jpgThis cheaper solution with the all the comfort of a hotel is the Domaine du Pignada. The Domaine du Pignada specialises in groups and welcomes individual guests for a few weeks per year. There are rooms for all budgets, from the twin room for couples, to the dormitory for 6 to 8 people.
Tel: +33(0)5 59 63 03 01 | www.domaine-pignada.com

Nami House
NamiHouseLocated in the heart of Anglet, Nami House is a mix of Australian backpacker, hostel, guesthouse, with the personal touch of Fanny and Clément. They welcome you to this place of exchange and good ambiance. There are double rooms and dormitories. An alternative for small budgets. Tel: +33(0)5 40 48 02 82 | nami-house-anglet.fr

 

ACCOMMODATION ASSISTANCE
Biarritz-Tourisme-office 

Community tourist offices can help you locate/reserve any hotel close to the convention venue if necessary
For help call;
Anglet Tourisme: Tel: +33 (0)559 037 701  | Email: information@anglet-tourisme.com | Website www.anglet-tourisme.com/en/index.php
Biarritz Tourism: Tel: +33 (0)559 223 710 | Email:biarritz.tourisme@biarritz.fr | Website www.tourisme.biarritz.fr/en
Bayonne Tourism: Tel: +33 (0)559 460 146  | Email: infos@bayonne-tourisme.com | Website www.bayonne-tourisme.com/en/index.php

CONCLUSION
In addition to the scheduled programmed meetings we will hold our usual ad hoc meetings, meditation sessions – as well as the ‘GATHERING’ (an evening of music and entertainment) on Saturday night.

Please check the notice board regularly (at the registration desk) for any changes and locations of meetings.

There will be a SOBRIETY COUNTDOWN at the Sunday morning closing ceremony.

 

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More About Bayonne

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Bayonne is located 10 min from Biarritz and the ocean, 30 min from Spain and 40 min from the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is a fortified town of 46,000 and is traversed by the Nive and Adour rivers which converge in front of the town hall.

Located on the northern coast of the Basque country which stretches 35 km along the Atlantic ocean, Bayonne rubs shoulders with famous resort towns like Biarritz, Anglet, St Jean de Luz and Hendaye as well as the picturesque inland-Basque villages of Aïnhoa, Sare, Espelette and St Jean Pied de Port,… and the unspoiled beauty of the nearby Côte Landais. The Basque Country also extends into neighbouring Spain where you can visit San Sebastián and its Old Quarter, Hondarribia for its first-class tapas, Bayonne’s twin town Pamplona or Bilbao and its famous Guggenheim Museum.

Bayonne is served by the Biarritz Airport located 8 km from the city center, the railway station provides a high-speed rail link to Paris in 5 hours and by the highway Bordeaux is 2 hours away. By automobile, you can also reach Pau in 1 hour, Toulouse in 3 hours, Madrid in 4 hours, and Barcelona in 5 hours. Bayonne and neighbouring Anglet and Biarritz are the perfect places to stay and visit the whole of the region.

The Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne district was formerly known as ‘the Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz agglomeration community’ or BAB. It changed its name in 2011 to become the ‘Basque-Adour agglomeration community’ (CABAB) to include the adjoining communities of Boucou and Bidart. Whilst ‘Biarritz, Anglet, Bayonne, Boucou and Bidart’ all comprise the agglomeration community, each is an individually managed municipality.

The knife/sword weapon, the bayonette, mounted on a rifle’s muzzle, and dating back to the 16th century is believed to have been invented/developed by the peasants defending the city of Bayonne against enemies at that time.

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Bayonne Information:
Bayonne Taxi: 05 59 59 48 48
Bayonne Tourist Office: Tel: 05 59 49 09 00 | Email: infos@bayonne-tourisme.com
|Web: http://www.bayonne-tourisme.com/en/index.php

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More About Anglet

Anglet

Anglet, part of the urban area of Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz (B.A.B.) is 10% forested with pine forests, namely Pignada, Lazaretto, and Chiberta. It is punctuated by numerous seawalls on the shore. Anglet has a dedicated coastal reserve of forty metres. With its many bays and inlets, it is a laboratory for monitoring techniques for studying coastal erosion.

The Anglet coast is about 4.5 km long and has 11 beaches from north to south. The Cote Basque designates that part of the Aquitaine coastline between the Chambre d’Amour cave at Anglet and the Spanish border. Anglet is served by the Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne airport.

Access by vehicle is via the A63 autoroute, the D810 road from Bayonne to Anglet town, and the D260 road from Bayonne to the northern part of the commune and continuing south-west towards Biarritz. Chronoplus bus service serves the Anglet beaches, and connects Anglet to other communes in the metropolitan area: Bayonne, Biarritz, Bidart, Boucau, Saint-Pierre-d’Irube, and Tarnos with regular/frequent schedules, The Chronoplus terminus is a short walk from the convention venue.

The Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne district was formerly known as ‘the Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz agglomeration community’ or BAB. It changed its name in 2011 to become the ‘Basque-Adour agglomeration community’ (CABAB) to include the adjoining communities of Boucou and Bidart. Whilst ‘Biarritz, Anglet, Bayonne, Boucou and Bidart’ all comprise the agglomeration community, each is an individually managed municipality.

The oldest human occupation in Anglet dates back to prehistory (mid-Paleolithic) and the Mousterian culture (from 100,000 to 35,000 BC). During the Roman era (towards 400 AD), Bayonne served as a Roman castrum (in Novempopulania). Ramparts (still visible in some places) were built. At that time, the regional Roman capital was “Aquae Augustae” (Dax). People living in the geographical area between Dax and Oiartzun (which included the commune of Anglet) called themselves Tarbelli.

In the middle Ages the core of the oldest Anglet settlement was located at “Berindos”. Brindos (name today) contains some remains of a mill, dating to the 12th century. Two grindstones for wheat and the mule barn are still present. Berindos was a parish and also included a church from the 12th century. In the middle Ages, nearby Bayonne was a fortified city under English administration from the 12th to the 15th centuries. By the end of the 16th century, Bayonne was taken from the English by the Kingdom of France. France was wary of Spain who tried to capture Bayonne (1523 and 1552).

In 1870 a racetrack was built on the sands of Chiberta. This racecourse was supported by an Englishman, Lord Howden, a former Spanish ambassador. The racecourse and shopping places became the most fashionable distraction on the Basque coast. This was the rendezvous of all the “elite” of the time. In 1877 the BAB (Bayonne Anglet Biarritz) “American railway” (steam tram) was inaugurated. It served Anglet and linked Bayonne to Biarritz.  In 1924 Anglet was hit by a “tsunami” which destroyed the racetrack (it never recovered from this disaster).

The early 1920s saw the biggest names in high society of the time (the Baroness de Rothschild, the Maharajah of Jasdan, the Grand Duke Dimitri, the King and Queen of Spain, the Prince of Wales, Buster Keaton etc.) visited Anglet (and Biarritz) and caused a real buzz for performances, sporting events, galas and world exhibitions.

Anglet and neighbouring Biarritz and Bayonne have been at different times as either Gascoyne or Basque. The majority of people in this area spoke Gascoyne. At the same time some areas could be described as Basque (the result of Basque campaigns in surrounding areas). Since the 20th century the French language has been the majority language. Sports and recreation in Anglet include; basketball, riding, football, golf, ice-hockey, figure-skating, Basque pelota, hockey, rugby, skateboarding, and surfing.

Chambre d’Amour surf spot
Surfing is widely practiced here due to the protection of the cliff against the southerly wind. It also acts as a natural breakwater with the waves often being smaller than in the north of Anglet.

International surfers find ideal conditions at the iconic Chambre d’Amour beach breaks. This little Basque town not only hosts a QS1 Qualifying Circuit event but also an exciting specialty event called Surf de Nuit (literally, “night surf”), where teams of three surfers (two men, one woman) fight it out. The LED-lit boards and massive light balloons in the lineup give this event a very special vibe.

Chambre d’Amour
It is not by chance that this mysterious cave has given its name to a whole district of Anglet. Around it hangs a legend oh so romantic… the legend of the House of Love featuring a Basque Romeo and Juliet. At the beginning of the 19th century, a poor young man and orphan – Laorens – and Saubade the daughter of a rich farmer, loved each other passionately.

Their forbidden love (by their parents) found refuge in this cave, in front of the immense power of the waves nearby. They saw each other secretly at this stone shelter, taking the oath to love each other forever. One day, a storm rose, and the sea rushed into the cave. The water level rose rapidly and carried the lovers off. Since that day, the cave has been named ‘La Chambre d’Amour’

Anglet-Biarritz’s surf culture is largely responsible for the trendy and relaxed atmosphere in Anglet. Its 11 surf spots enjoy international fame. Surf competitions take place throughout the summer and autumn. Nearby to Chambre d’Amour, you’ll find surfing schools, bars, and other hangouts. Webcams are trained on the best surf spots. | Surf/Budget accommodation info

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Anglet Information:

Anglet Taxi: 05 59 63 17 17
Anglet Tourist Office: Tel: 05 59 03 77 01 | Email: information@anglet-tourisme.com |Web: http://www.anglet-tourisme.com

 

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More About Biarritz

Biarritz is the only surf town in the world with a royal history. In 1854, Empress Eugénie convinced her husband, Napoleon III, to visit the area. They bought land and built a palace on the beach, which made Biarritz one of the hottest resort towns in Europe. Film screenwriter Peter Viertel, Deborah Kerr’s husband, brought the first surfboard to France in 1956, when he came to shoot location shots for The Sun Also Rises. Biarritz is still considered the birthplace of European surfing.

Biarritz is a combination of French high culture and SoCal surf culture, putting a decidedly surfy spin on the notion of joie de vivre. You may start surfing at La Grande Plage in front of the town center, or if it gets too crowded, check out surrounding beaches such as La Côte des Basques, Anglet,  (the convention venue), and nearby Guethary.

Biarritz became renowned in 1854 when Empress Eugenie built the palace on the beach (now the Hotel du Palais). The British royal family regularly took vacations in Biarritz: European royalty such as Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and Alfonso XIII of Spain were frequent visitors. Prince William and Kate visited Biarritz in the summer of 2016 with their two young children and stayed at the Hotel du Palais. Biarritz’s casino opened 10 August 1901 and it, and the beaches, made the town a notable tourist centre for Europeans.

Biarritz offers one of the most attractive seaside saunters in France on a route lined with tamarisks and hydrangeas. It starts at the lighthouse on the high headland and passes France’s second-oldest golf course and the Russian Orthodox Church, built for visiting 19th Century nobility. The famous old promenade along the Grande Plage leads past the Casino Barriere, with a fine art deco ceiling and floor, to the peaceful old square ‘Place Ste-Eugenie’ and the ‘Musée de La Mer’ (Museum of the Sea), with its twice-a-day shark-feeding sessions.

Biarritz made its fortune from the sea as a whaling settlement from the twelfth century onwards, in the 18th century doctors recommended that the ocean at Biarritz had therapeutic properties, inspiring patients to make pilgrimages to the beach for alleged cures for their ailments. The Rock of the Virgin, the statue of Madonna, set up to keep local fishermen safe, is accessed over a bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, of ‘Eiffel Tower’ fame.

The Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne district was formerly known as ‘the Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz agglomeration community’ or BAB. It changed its name in 2011 to become the ‘Basque-Adour agglomeration community’ (CABAB) to include the adjoining communities of Boucou and Bidart. Whilst ‘Biarritz, Anglet, Bayonne, Boucou and Bidart’ all comprise the agglomeration community, each is an individually managed municipality.

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A detailed description and history of Biarritz is available here
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Biarritz Information:
Biarritz Taxi: 05 59 03 18 18
Biarritz Tourist Office: Tel : 05 59 22 37 10 | Email : infos@bayonne-tourisme.com |
Web: http://www.tourisme.biarritz.fr/en

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHO ARE THE BASQUES?

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The Basques are an indigenous ethnic group with an ancestry to the ancient Vascones and Aquitanians. Basques are indigenous to and inhabit an area traditionally known as the Basque Country, a region that is located around the western end of the Pyrenees on the coast of the Bay of Biscay and straddles parts of north-central Spain and south-western France.

In Basque, people call themselves the euskaldunak, meaning a Basque speaker. Not all Basques are Basque-speakers. Therefore, the neologism euskotar, plural euskotarrak, was coined in the 19th century to mean a culturally Basque person, whether Basque-speaking or not.

It is thought that Basques are a remnant of the early inhabitants of Western Europe, specifically those of the Franco-Cantabrian region. Basque tribes were already mentioned in Roman times by Strabo and Pliny, including the Vascones, the Aquitani, and others. Since the Basque language is unrelated to Indo-European, it has long been thought to represent the people or culture that occupied Europe before the spread of Indo-European languages there. Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula, about 7,000 years ago.

In the Early Middle Ages the territory between the Ebro (Spain) and Garonne (France) rivers was known as Vasconia, a vaguely defined ethnic area and political entity struggling to fend off pressure from the Iberian Visigothic kingdom and Arab rule to the south, as well as the Frankish push from the north. By the turn of the first millennium, the territory of Vasconia had fragmented into different feudal regions, such as Soule and Labourd, while south of the Pyrenees the Castile, Pamplona and the Pyrenean counties of Aragon, Sobrarbe, Ribagorza (later Kingdom of Aragon), and Pallars emerged as the main regional entities with Basque population in the 9th and 10th centuries.

Pamplona

The Kingdom of Pamplona, a central Basque realm, later known as Navarre, underwent a process of feudalization and was subject to the influence of its much larger Aragonese, Castilian and French neighbours. Castile deprived Navarre of its coastline by conquering key western territories (1199–1201), leaving the kingdom landlocked. The Basques were ravaged by the War of the Bands, bitter partisan wars between local ruling families.

Weakened by the Navarrese civil war, the bulk of the realm eventually fell before the onslaught of the Spanish armies (1512–1524). However, the Navarrese territory north of the Pyrenees remained beyond the reach of an increasingly powerful Spain. Lower Navarre became a province of France in 1620

The Basques enjoyed self-government until the French Revolution (1790) and the Carlist Wars (1839, 1876), when the Basques supported heir apparent Carlos V and his descendants. On either side of the Pyrenees, the Basques lost their native institutions and laws held during the Ancien régime.

Since then, despite the current limited self-governing status of the Basque Autonomous Community and Navarre as settled by the Spanish Constitution, many Basques have attempted higher degrees of self-empowerment, sometimes by acts of violence. Labourd, Lower Navarre, and Soule were integrated into the French department system, with Basque efforts to establish a region-specific political-administrative entity. In January 2017, a single agglomeration community was established for the Basque Country in France. | More info

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The Basque Country is the name given to the home of the Basque people. The Basque country is located in the western Pyrenees, straddling the border between France and Spain on the coast of the Bay of Biscay. Euskal Herria (The Basque Country/Euskadi) is the oldest documented Basque name for the area they inhabit, dating from the 16th century.

It comprises the Autonomous Communities of the Basque Country and Navarre in Spain and the Northern Basque Country in France. The region is home to the Basque people (Basque: Euskaldunak), their language (Basque: Euskara), culture and traditions. The area is neither linguistically nor culturally homogeneous and certain areas have a majority of people who do not consider themselves Basque, such as the south of Navarre.

Pre-Christian belief focused on a goddess called Mari. According to one tradition, she travelled every seven years between a cave on Mount Anboto and one on another mountain. The weather would be wet when she was in Anboto, dry when she was in Aloña, or Supelegor, or Gorbea. Whether the name Mari is original and just happened to coincide closely with the Christian name María or if Mari is an early Basque attempt to give a Christian veneer to pagan worship have remained speculative. At any rate, Mari (Andramari) is one of the oldest worshipped Christian icons in Basque territories.

Mari’s consort is Sugaar. This couple seem to bear the superior ethical power and also the power of creation and destruction. It’s said that when they gathered in the high caves of the sacred peaks, they engendered the storms. These meetings typically happened on Friday nights, the day of historical akelarre or coven. Mari was said to reside in Mount Anboto; periodically she crossed the skies as a bright light to reach her other home at mount Txindoki.

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Legends also speak of many and abundant genies, like jentilak (giants), lamiak (nymphs), mairuak (builders of the cromlechs or stone circles, literally Moors), iratxoak (imps), sorginak (witches, priestess of Mari), and so on. Basajaun is a Basque version of the Woodwose. This character is probably an anthropomorphism of the bear.