Camping Pays Basque » Holidays within the Basque Country
Espelette, a small commune with 2,500 inhabitants, located about 30 kilometres from the camp-site on the Basque coast. Known for its pepper, Espelette pepper adds a kick to piperade, Axoa, Basque chicken, pâtés and numerous dishes. It spices up toasted bread with foie gras and adds to basic sauces. It is sold in powder, purée, conserve forms, in olive oil, in vinegar, frozen… Every year, on the last weekend in October, the traditional Espelette pepper festival is held. This event focusing on this local product sees the attendance of thousands of local people and tourists who visit the village known for its gastronomy. Hikers are particularly fond of this commune.
This village presently has 680 inhabitants who live in the market town and within its eight districts, the largest being the border district of Dancharia. This village is greatly appreciated by hikers and for those who want to do some shopping in Spain.
Featured amongst the « most beautiful villages in France », Sare is surrounded by mountains and located 14 km from the sea (Saint Jean de Luz). Visit the church, pediment, the districts with the beautiful Labourd houses, the Medieval street and the famous oratories as well as the exhibition on Basque pelota.
Biriatou’s history is plagued by wars and invasions from past centuries.
Discover the church and numerous houses flanking the roadways, some of which boasting characteristic features of Basque architecture from the 15th Century.
Activities: Fronton hosts bare hand pelote competitions particularly in summer. The « Xoldo » building: the Fronton left wall is open to participants of this discipline all year round. Fishing competitions on the banks of Bidassoa are organised regularly. Within an ecologically protected environment, numerous routes along the river or within the surrounding forest facilitate the discovery of nature. There is the famous GR10 trail for hikers which starts on the foothills of the village, the bravest can attempt the Mediterranean coast…or stop at Col d’Ibardin or the top of Rhune (905 m). Visit Xoldokogaina or Calvaire to enjoy a magnificent, unobstructed view which is only a one to two hour walk away.
The commune is home to the lake of Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, a tourist site. The lake has a small aquatic centre with pedalos, a water slide and children’s games. It is possible to canoe in Nivelle. Sports fishing courses provide the occasion to catch salmon, sea trout, brown trout…Additionally the mountains are home to pottocks (ponies). Each year, at the beginning of May, the village holds the Herri Urrats Festival, the proceeds of which go to Basque schools.