MAP – Paris 2024 Olympic Games: where to see the Olympic flame pass in the Basque Country

The flame of the Paris 2024 Games, which left Olympia in Greece on April 16, is approaching the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. She will be in the Basque Country next Monday. The relay of torch bearers will leave Biarritz at 8 a.m. sharp to go to the Chambre d’Amour in Anglet, passing in particular via the Large Beach where surfing will be in the spotlight. The flame will then cross the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, then travel along both banks of the Adour in Bayonne and go up the Nive in a sleigh to the town hall square. It will finish its journey in the Basque Country via the town center of Hasparren at midday.

A total route of around ten kilometers at an average speed of 4.5 km/h to see the symbol of Olympism. Each of the 73 torchbearers in the Basque Country, personalities and anonymous people, will only carry the flame for 200m before passing it on to the next person. It should be relatively easy to see her pass, although there could be crowds on the route. Each of the towns crossed will also offer free cultural and sporting events. France Bleu Pays Basque gives you the keys to knowing where to sit and where to enjoy the events.

8 a.m.-9:33 a.m., from Biarritz to Anglet: surfing in the spotlight, but not only…

The relay in the Basque Country will start at 8 a.m. from square Jean-Baptiste Lassalle in Biarritz, above the Côte des Basques beach. THE convoy, approximately 700 meters long, will be made up of around forty vehicles with the flame in the middle carried by the torchbearers surrounded by a procession on foot.

  • The route to Biarritz and Anglet
Journey of the Olympic flame in Biarritz and Anglet
Cities of Biarritz and Anglet

She will take the direction of Gare du Midi, via rue d’Espagne, avenue de Londres, rue Victor Hugo and avenue Carnot

She will then head towards the Place Saint-Eugénie passing through avenue du Maréchal Foch to place Georges Clémenceau, then the start of rue Gambetta and rue de Mazagran

The procession will then turn right to follow the ocean via boulevard du Maréchal Leclerc and boulevard du Général de Gaulle to the Grande Plage. It will exit at the casino level to take the boulevard back to the Hôtel du Palais and join Avenue de l’Impératrice in the direction of Anglet

The flame will pass near the Biarritz Lighthouse and continue on Boulevard de la Mer to reach Anglet. She will go back down to the Chamber of Love via the Promenade du Grand Large, pass in front of the Nid Basque on the Promenade des Falaises, join the Boulevard des Plages and then follow the sand.

She will finish her race at Sables d’Or beach in Anglet at 9:33 a.m. (scheduled time). From there the signal will be given for the departure of the following procession (the original flame remains from the fire brought from Olympia) to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Not less than 48 torchbearers and guides (for the collective surfing relay) will follow one another on the longest segment in the Basque Country: Andrée Rosier, David Zimmerman, Naomi Heijlands, Mathieu Lencauchez, Elodie Ambs, Marjorie Dalbin, Maxime Zeidenberg, Julie Leclercq, Silvia Profeti, Rebecca Noddesbo Larsen, Renaud Jeanne, Sophie Battesti, Teddy Marfil, Rémi Castaings, Olivier Darrieumerlou, Corinne Dupouy, Marie Chauche, Carla Duffy, Illan Lagan, Théo Wills, Laurent Ortiz, Jacques Lajuncomme, Cathy Monge, Eric Graciet, Céline Rouillard, Edouard Delpero , Julien Zierott, Maxime Cabanne, Zoé Grospiron, Steeve Ferron, Lilou Rumiel, Philippine Barrière, Naia Leca, Nicolas Bachoffer, Stéphanie Maurel, Mikaël Desclaux, Elodie Chaigneau, Ahmed Dilmi, Yasmine Dubourg, Katia Robert, Roland Dussarrat, Elsa Urruty, Jade Pellegrin, Amaya d’Elissagaray, Louis, Laderriere, Elaia Moretti, Marie Louise Poulingue, Stéphane Devoret.

  • Entertainment in Biarritz and Anglet

The departure, at square Jean-Baptiste Lassalle, in presence of Camille Lacourt, Olympic swimming champion, Isabelle Mir, Olympic vice-champion in skiing, and Vincent Clerc, the former Stade Toulousain rugby player, will be entertained by the songs of the men’s choir and the dances of the Biarritz ballets. Oldarra

Activities in Biarritz and Anglet
Activities in Biarritz and Anglet
Cities of Biarritz and Anglet
Activities in Biarritz and Anglet continued
Activities in Biarritz and Anglet continued
Cities of Biarritz and Anglet
Activities in Biaritz and Anglet (end)
Activities in Biaritz and Anglet (end)
Cities of Biarritz and Anglet

9:45 a.m.-10:25 a.m., in Saint-Jean-de-Luz: the sleigh crossing

After Biarritz and Anglet, the flame will continue its journey through the city of Corsairs. She will set off from the Artha dyke at 9:45 a.m. to cross the bay of Saint-Jean aboard an Ur Yoko sleigh towed by the rowers of the Lapurdiko Arraun Taldea (LAT). It will enter the port to dock on the Quai de l’Infante, pass through Place Louis XIV, join Rue Gambetta then Rue Garat to finish at the belvedere at 10:25 a.m. A short course of only 3 relays on dry land and, as a result, a very light convoy with a handful of vehicles to surround a flame which will therefore be more easily visible.

Journey of the flame in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Journey of the flame in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
City of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Entertainment in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

There will be 5 flame bearers in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, including 2 for the relay on the water: Bixente Lizarazu, Marie-Lou Gervais, Isabelle Larcade, Paco Falgas, Julie Le Bourvellec.

The route will be led by the tamborrada children and the marinelak tamborrada which will be on Place Louis XIV

From 11 a.m., sporting activities will be organized on the big beach by 16 sports associations. Five zones will be demarcated, in reference to the 5 Olympic rings.

The blue waves will welcome a Olympic Village from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with food stands, refreshments and musical atmosphere. The stands will be run by 15 associations which will benefit from the facilities of the Andalusian village.

10:50 a.m.-12:02 p.m., in Bayonne: between Adour and Nive

After the flame arrives at the Garat belvedere in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, it will go out and be rekindled in Bayonne, on the right bank of the Adour. THE departure will be given at 10:50 a.m. of the Pierre-Cacareigt stadium, in the Sainte-Croix district, which will also host events. The convoy, in its large format version as in Biarritz, will cross the Saint-Esprit district via Boulevard Jean-Jaurès and the quays, to cross the Adour by the Saint-Esprit bridge.

Flame route in Bayonne
Flame route in Bayonne
City of Bayonne

At the end of the bridge, the flame will turn left towards Petit-Bayonne. After crossing Place Paul Bert and following the Roland-Barthes esplanade, it will cross the Nive on the Pont du Génie to reach the Nive garage (headquarters of Aviron Omnisport) and board a sled, and go up towards the Adour crossing the historic center . The crew will dock at Avenue du Maréchal Leclerc, behind the town hall, and the flame will return to dry land to Place de la Liberté, in front of the town hall.

Entertainment in Bayonne

There will be no less 18 torchbearers : Juan Arbelaez, Amaia Oyhamberry, Jean-Claure Larrieu, Christophe Saulle, Fabrice Billerey, Frédérique Harivongs, Céline Dolla, Thomas Guillemette, Jean-Marc Eyharaberry, Denis Joyeux, Sophie Bouvet, Aymeric Bourdoules, Chantal Chevassus, Aude Leonard, Camille Goustat, Matthieu Raharisoa, Germaine Pons, Gabrielle Lantz and Alice Lantz

  • 9:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at Stade Pierre-Cacareigt (departure)

Technical and fun rugby sevens workshops for all, armchair rugby, touch rugby, gymnastics demonstration, activities for the general public around large wooden games, exhibition of artistic creations on the theme of graffiti, activities around table football inclusive.

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on avenue Jean-Jaurès, headquarters of the Oraï Bat association

Traditional Basque dances and Joaldunak

  • 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on Square Gambetta

Demonstrations and events of urban dances, engraffiti fresco, guard of honor of Basque flags and coat of arms of the City

  • 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. along Quai Bergeret

Nautical parade on the Adour between the Charles-Vaillant bridge and the Saint-Esprit bridge

  • 10:20 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. on Square Pouzac

Flash Mob “students/teachers” and decoration of the facade of the Lycée Paul-Bert (artistic creation).

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the Roland-Barthes esplanade and on the banks of the Nive

Basque sports Olympics, street theater and improvisations, drawing exhibition

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the esplanade of the Nive garage, at the Aviron Bayonnais headquarters

Parade, dances and choir

  • 11:45 a.m. and until 1 p.m. on Liberty Square

Musical entertainment, exhibition of urban art artistic creations, musical entertainment and traditional Basque dances

12:18-12:38 p.m., a quick tour in the center of Hasparren

Hasparren will host the shortest segment of this passage of the flame in the Basque Country: less than one kilometer. Only 3 torch bearers will take turns on the route (Anne-Marie Bellan, Séverine Gimenez, David Bouron) from 12:18 p.m., in the middle of a lighter convoy, as in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The first one will go multi-fronton for arrival at Place des Tilleulsvia avenue Charles de Gaulle, then rue du Docteur Jean Lissar,

The journey of the flame in Hasparren
The journey of the flame in Hasparren
Town of Hasparren

Entertainment in Hasparren

If the town will only quickly welcome the flame, it has on the other hand planned to numerous sporting and cultural activities throughout the day. In particular, it is setting up an Olympic village from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Labourd car park with initiations, games and challenges for children: climbing wall, pelota wall, judo initiation, gymnastics, basketball, qi gong, athletics, tennis , cycling, table tennis, rugby…

Entertainment in Hasparren
Entertainment in Hasparren
Town of Hasparren

After leaving Hasparren, the flame will continue its journey by car, in a secure lantern, towards Béarn, where it will stop at Orthez, then Arette, the village of Nelson Paillou’s heart, former president in particular of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, native of Ciboure, and finally Pau where she will end her day in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, after lighting at 7:20 p.m. the Olympic cauldron installed in the Palais Beaumont, site of the celebrations for this 12th stage.

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