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Towns and villages around

BAYONNE

Located at the confluence of the Adour and the Nive, Bayonne is one of the most beautiful towns in the Basque Country. And if it is not located directly by the sea, its charm is elsewhere. The Basque identity is everywhere, both in the architecture and in the associations that punctuate the city or its gastronomy... Bayonne is truly a city apart, to be discovered absolutely.
Meet to start your visit to Bayonne in the Petit Bayonne district. With its high Basque half-timbered buildings and their colorful shutters, it exudes incredible charm. It is good to stroll through its streets, where messages in Basque flourish on the facades and in the windows. Then stroll along the quays of the Nive, which separates the city in two. The facades are absolutely beautiful, especially on the Jaureguiberry quay, not to be missed. It is very pleasant to stop there for a drink. Then cross the river to explore Grand Bayonne. The historic district includes the old halls, the Moulis house and the Sainte-Marie cathedral. Its superb colored apse and its surprising cloister are unmissable.
Bayonne is also a renowned gastronomic capital. Let yourself be tempted by its chocolate, the delicious Basque cake or its famous ham!

Activities

Guided Tour to the Ham Saloir in Bayonne with Tasting

From €5 for 45 mins

Guided tour and private walk of Bayonne

      From €50-60 for a duration of 1h30-2h

 

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Council of premises:push the door
of the Trinquet Saint André in the Petit
Bayonne, you may attend a
Pala match, the famous Basque pelota!
There are also many
demonstrations during the holidays
Bayonne if you stay there at this
that time.

ITXASSOU
 

A certain authenticity emanates from the village of Itxassou. This commune at the foot of the Urzumu, Mondarrain and Artzamendi mountains is known for its cherry production. It is also the subject of an annual celebration in June that attracts thousands of travellers. The rural setting is also splendid. Its landscape of green plains, rocky facades and mountains give the village a very unique fantasy side.




Activities

Rafting on the Nive - Classic
      From €20 for one day

Canoraft on the Nive for Children (8-11 years old)
      From €20 for one day

Aqua Rando in the Basque Country  Discovery
      From €25 for one day


 

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BIDARD

Ideally located between Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz, the charming village of Bidart overlooks the ocean, with the Pyrenees as a backdrop. Seemingly traditional and conservative, it has transformed over time into a modern and vibrant small town that offers year-round entertainment. Coming to Bidart means learning about surfing and Basque pelota, discovering local traditions such as dances, songs and Basque strength, visiting the town with enthusiastic greeters, tasting local specialties and products means recharging your batteries near the ocean, strolling on the green, dreaming in front of the sunset, and above all, enjoying every moment with your family, between friends or just two.

Bidart is a magnificent playground for nature lovers with its 6 beaches stretching over 5 km of coastline, its golf course, its walks and hikes including those on the coastal path, and leisure activities with its surf schools, its quad and e-trick outings, its skate park and sports grounds. Those thirsty for culture are not to be outdone thanks to its craftsmanship with the workshop of the Basque Cutlers and that of the Bassilour mill, its place and its labourdin triptych, its heritage path which leaves to discover the historical monuments of the village and a portion of the road to Compostela. So if you are tempted to spend a weekend or your next vacation in the Basque Country in Bidart, a wide choice of accommodation is available to you, from camping to 4-star hotels, including guest rooms, tourist residences and vacation rentals.

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ESPELETTE

The chilli capital is a charming little village full of character in the heart of the Basque Country. The village has remained very authentic, apart from the many peppers attached to its facades, which are only there for decoration. Take the time to stroll through its pretty white and red streets, and below the village, around the stream. The Espelette church is also worth a visit: typical of the Basque Country, it is decorated with black wooden balconies, like in the theatre! Do not forget to visit the chilli interpretation center, which is particularly interesting. From the origins of red pepper to the ten villages that produce it today, you will undoubtedly learn a lot about Espelette pepper!

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Council of premises:Espelette is a victim of its own success: try to get there as early as possible in the morning to enjoy it in peace before the arrival of the tourist coaches.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN FRANCE

The Basque Country has four villages labeled "most beautiful villages in France" and they fully deserve their title! Ainhoa is a small postcard village: impossible to find more Basque than it! Composed of a long and unique main street, its houses seem taken from a Basque museum. Sare is a peaceful village located at the foot of the Rhune. It has the charm of Basque mountain villages, with its houses mixing stone and half-timbering, and its pediment in the middle of the village. Do not miss La Bastide Clairence, famous for its many craftsmen. You will be able to discover their trade thanks to a route through the pretty Basque houses.
It is also a typical bastide of the south-west, with its main square surrounded by houses with arcades. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a little different, but just as essential. It has few half-timbering, but colorful shutters and pink sandstone stones that add to its charm. Located on the banks of the Nive, it is a key place on the paths of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, of which there are many reminders in the streets of the village.

Council of premises:Each village is different and worth the detour. It is easy to
explore them on a roadtrip between La Bastide
Clairence, near Bayonne and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at the foot of the Spanish border. This also allows you to enjoy the Basque hinterland, less popular, but also very beautiful.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES…

AINHOA

Founded in the 13th century, the commune of Ainhoa is a bastide that deserves a look. With its typical Basque dwellings, with red, white or green facades, the highlight of the show remains its church with its four-storey square bell tower.

SARES

At the foot of the Axuria and Rhune mountains, this village maintains its sporting and festive traditions. Stroll through its half-timbered houses or venture into its cave.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES…

LA BASTIDE-CLAIRENCE

This town is a Navarre country house from the 14th century. With its central arcaded square, its white half-timbered houses and its many craft workshops, it will add a picturesque touch to your stay.

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SAINT-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT

At the foot of the Cols de Cize, this tourist spot is a high point of Catholic pilgrimage. Indeed, the village is an important step towards Santiago de Compostela.

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