French Basque Coast

Anglet: Seafront Path & Cliff Walk

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There’s a nice seafront promenade for running in Anglet, a coastal town located just north of Biarritz that’s known for its 11 Atlantic surfing beaches. The paved promenade starts where the Adour River runs into the sea and runs south along the beach for 4.5 km to Sara’s Rock. Enjoy the nice water views with pine forest in the background, and a festive scene of surfing schools, hotels, and restaurants.

The beach itself is good for running, depending on tide, surf, and crowds! Can be tough to run on sometimes, like quicksand near the water according to a couple of folks.

For some variety and great views, add the 2.5 km Cliff Walk. It runs from the southern end of the promenade and climbs for 50m, using Prom. des Sources/All Paul Preito (see map). The full out and back route, including the Cliff Walk, is 9.6 km.

Add-Ons/Altetrnatives: The Forêt du Pignada is ~1 km inland, with its many km of trails lined with pine trees. Best access is from Les Cavaliers Beach (use Av. des Cavaliers). There are good trail signs. You can also extend the promenade run by joining our Biarritz Waterfront route, just south of Sara’s Rock.

Essentials
  • Full route is 9.6 km (6 miles)
  • Flat, except the 50m climb to the cliff walk
  • Many points along the beaches. Northern access is at Plage de La Barre
  • Many access points along the promenade

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Frank Waters
2 months ago

I have walked and run this route on many occasions during my yearly vacations to Anglet to visit my son. This is one of my favorite beach runs. The sand on the beach is very hard to run on and has the consistency of quick sand down by the water. Skip the beach run and do the paved promenade instead.
The Foret du Pignada is a great add-on or a nice “instead of”. Follow the trail #’s to avoid getting lost. Viva La France!

Essentials
  • Full route is 9.6 km (6 miles)
  • Flat, except the 50m climb to the cliff walk
  • Many points along the beaches. Northern access is at Plage de La Barre
  • Many access points along the promenade