2 guests:

525 €

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French Basque Country

Sare, Ainhoa, Espelette, Saint Jean de Pied de Port

Welcome to the road to the The Interior of the French Basque Country! In this private tour, you will visit the enchanting villages of Saint Jean de Pied de Port, Sare, Espelette and Ainhoa. Explore the incredible medieval fortifications, discover the authentic Basque culture in these lands, and try some of the most delicious culinary specialties from the region. Prepare yourself to be fully submerged in the beauty, and charm of the French Basque Country!

What will we visit?

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SAINT JEAN DE PIED DE PORT, THE BEGINNING OF THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Saint Jean de Pied de Port, for many people, is the beginning of the pilgrim walk to Santiago de Compostela. The village is situated in the Atlantic Pyrenees (chain of mountains that serve as a natural border between France and Spain). It is surrounded by steep mountains, old oak tree and beech tree forests, deep green valleys and crystal rivers. The medieval citadel or fortress was constructed in the 17th century to protect the citizens of Saint Jean de Pied de Port from invasions. Walk down the old village streets and travel in time… you will fall in love with the smell of the Gâteux Basque (Basque cake) and spices from the bakeries.

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ESPELETTE, THE HOTTEST VILLAGE IN THE REGION

Espelette, Espelette…! The village of the spicy pepper! The Piment d’Espelette or Pepper from Espelette, is much more than a pepper, it’s a way of life. For the French-Basque people, Espelette is the number one spice used in cultural dishes. This delicacy is powered with flavor and can only be cultivated in the town of Espelette. The village is totally garnished by this pepper, the walls and windows are decorated with Espelette. You can buy the pepper in a million ways, grinded, in a paste, dry, fresh, in cakes, in marmalades, you name it!

One spice which originates on the road of Christopher Columbus…

The village architecture is unique. Picturesque homes with red roof shingles and pastel colored walls, similar to the paintings painted by Carmen. The church and imposing Castle are pieces to discovering this magical village completely submerged into the countryside of the Basque Country.

What about lunch?

An option would be to try the famous “Poulet Basquaise” or Basque Chicken, a delicious plate prepared with a piperade (peppers, onion and Espelette, of course!) And for dessert, spicy chocolate!

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SARE - AINHOA

These villages are the best reserved villages and most picturesque villages within the interior of the French Basque Country. They are exquisite, and can easily be used to picture what we consider the best scene of Basque mythology and mysterious Basque fairytales.

Before arriving at this destination, we may pass by the Pas du Roland, a beautiful serpent-like canyon that traverses the profound valleys, rivers and waterfalls of this region.

¿Gehiago behar al dezu? Are you intrigued yet?

Sara y Ainhoa are both considered to be centers of cultural importance to the Basque language, the Euskera (E-U-Shke-RAH). So much it was pursued during the French Revolution that much of the language had been broken up or prohibited from use. The people of Sara and Ainhoa knew how to preserve and promote their language, in many ways it was considered clandestine. In this private tour, we will emphasize the importance of our language and its history.

2 guests:

525 €

TOUR DETAILS

Private tour

Pick up at Hotel

Additional Adult: +125€

Additional guest (10-17 years): +80€

10 years and younger: No charge

Time: 9:00

Duration: 8 hours
Places: Sare, Ainhoa, Espelette, Saint Jean de Pied de Port

INCLUDED

Professional Guide

Transport

Water

NOT INCLUDED

⊗ Anything not previously mentioned

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