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Basque Country Tour in France

The Pays Basque may not have the name recognition of its Spanish neighbor, but the region has strong character.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  The Basque Country doesn’t lend itself to easy characterization. Its often flat, placid coast lies flush against a mountainous... more »

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Points of Interest

This tiny bistro faces Biarritz’s famous food market.

Address:
5 Rue des Halles
Biarritz
France

Phone:
33-5-59-24-80-38

The ganache is spiked with the russet-colored piment d’Espelette.

Address:
105 Place Merkatu Plaza
Espelette
France

Phone:
33-5-59-93-88-72

3. Helena Linge Basque

Ask to see the Socoa models.

Address:
8 Rue Loquin
St.-Jean-de-Luz
France

Phone:
33-5-59-85-35-27

4. Hôtel Arraya

On slim, windy Route D4, which crisscrosses the foothills below the summit of La Rhune mountain, we pass the lovely village of Sare, where the homey Hôtel Arraya harbors a restaurant and sells fresh gâteaux basques—dense, mealy cakes filled with cherry preserves.

Address:
Place du Village
Sare
France

Phone:
33-5-59-54-20-46

5. Jean-Vier

France’s premier designer and distributor of Basque linens.

Address:
25 Rue Mazagran
Biarritz
France

Phone:
33-5-59-85-20-55

6. L’Auberge Basque

Cédric Béchade, 32, onetime protégé of Alain Ducasse and chef commis at the Hôtel de Crillon, is now proprietor of this nine-room inn and restaurant. When he moved to the Pays Basque, Béchade brought with him Samuel Ingelaere, who logged five years as head sommelier at Marc Veyrat’s restaurants in Meg... More

Professionals, grandmothers, and farmers in clay-caked boots crowding together under the slate-gray beams. The waiters emerge from the kitchen bearing white asparagus in a sauce of Abbaye de Belloc, a sharpish sheep’s-milk cheese, followed by crisp pan-fried sea bass scattered with coarse sea salt and fried garlic. Like the surroundings, the food ... More