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Pays Basque

A region cradled by tradition and authenticity

The Basque Country is a region marked by traditions. Each village is made up of typical Basque houses, in the characteristic colors of the region, but also of trinquets and/or pediments which brighten up the town centers and where games of Basque pelota are disputed.

The Basque Country is also known for its votive festivals, from the sunny days of summer. Dances, music and games will be on the agenda for these festive days.

Each resident proud of their region, and everyone preserves its calm and authenticity! 

Basque gastronomy

Get familiar with the local cuisine as you stop by the restaurants, markets and bars of the Basque Country. During your discovery of the Basque Country, you may have the opportunity to taste some of the specialties such as: Ttoro, Marmitako, Piperade, Luzienne Chipirons, Basque Cake, Mouchou, Kanouga , Bayonne ham, Espelette pepper, Ossau-Iraty cheese, Basquaise chicken, Axao, Bayonne chocolate and Saint-Jean-de-Luz macaroons. 

Villages not to be missed

Learn more about the Basque Country by visiting some of its most beautiful villages. We advise you to go through Sare, Ainhoa, La Bastide-Clairence, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Espelette, Itxassou, Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle or even Ustaritz. 

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La Rhune and its cogwheel train

To observe the Basque Country from a new angle, hop on the Train de la Rhune. This nearly century-old cogwheel tourist train is a must in the region. Departing from Sare, this mythical train of the Basque Country will take you to the most beautiful viewpoints in the whole region. 

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The essentials of the Basque Country

The Basque Country has a rich heritage, history and traditions. Among all that this region offers, we recommend these few must-sees: Bastan in Bidarray, the Caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya, Villa Arnaga, the suspended footbridge of Holzarte and the Gorges of Kakuetta. 

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