The idea of a Pre-Convention Tourism/AA lunch activity for Wednesday 7 October 2020 has developed and may be interesting to you, if you are in Biarritz early for the convention

The idea is to travel to St Jean Pied de Port (mile 0 from SW France on the El Camino and only 50 minutes by road from Biarritz} by car and have an inexpensive lunch at the Central Hotel

St Jean Pied de Port is a beautiful town and is located in a very picturesque region.

It is a 50 minute drive through the pastoral, picturesque, mountainous Basque Country/Pays Basque and is an opportunity to view some of this magnificent countryside.

The idea is to travel by car from Biarritz – local AAs can offer only 3 seats in a small European car, other visiting AAs with a rental car could offer additional seats/transport.

If there is sufficient interest a coach/bus could be chartered at additional cost. Such a charter would be subject to booking availability and can be difficult to find/book in early October

The plan is to leave Biarritz (venue hotel) at 11h00 sharp, eat lunch at 12h30, visit St Jean Pied de Port until about 16h00, and return to Biarritz in time for a swim in the ocean or pool and dinner

Hotel Central is located in the center of the town right on the river and offers excellent food, great value, and superb service – the restaurant transports one time-wise back to the 1800s/early 1900s

The day’s activity  should not cost more than 25.00 euro (excluding personal purchases and any contributions to car-fuel)

Please email if you are interested in participating and if you will have a rental car available. When we know how many there will be, we will book/reserve at table in the restaurant and explore charter bus possibilities


For those of you registered to go to Lourdes; it is too early to justify chartering a bus/coach.  Alternative transport to Lourdes would be by regular scheduled train service on Monday 12 October 2020. The Lourdes Guide/s would meet you at Lourdes train station

Full details will be provided to the relevant parties/persons by separate email


1: For those of you not already pre-registered to the convention, it is worth noting capacity is limited to registered attendees
2 Accommodation: allocated venue hotel rooms are in short supply
3 : Participation in the banquet/dinner on the Saturday needs to be booked with the hotel before 30 September 2020

Additional info

Video: St Jean Pied de Port
Video: Start of El Camino
Video: Train to St Jean Pied de Port 
Video: Paris to St Jean Pied de Port
Video: La fêtes de Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port Garaziko Bestak 2019
Video: Petit Train – La Rhune
Website: St Jean Pied de Port
Website: Hotel Central



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