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The Basque Country is your home during your stay. A cycling escapade spiced with an omnipresent Basque character, softened by a landscape in love with a...
Atlantic Coast, from Arcachon to Biarritz
Through the Vélodyssée, the cycle path that runs along the Atlantic Ocean, set off to discover the southern part of this journey. You will ride through...
5 REASONS TO VISIT THE PAYS BASQUE
The French Pays Basque is a region rich in culture, natural beauty, and culinary delights. Here are five must-discover attractions:
Once a fishing village, now a vibrant city, Biarritz is famed for its beautiful beaches, surfing spots, and the elegant Hôtel du Palais. The Rocher de la Vierge offers stunning sea views.
A historic city known for its Gothic-style Sainte-Marie Cathedral, charming old town, and the annual Bayonne Festival. Don’t forget to try the famous Bayonne ham!
This picturesque village is synonymous with the iconic red peppers that hang from its traditional Basque houses. The peppers are integral to the region’s culinary identity.
A beautiful medieval town that serves as a starting point for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Explore its cobbled streets, ancient gates, and the vibrant Monday market.
Discover the region’s gastronomy in traditional “auberges” or cider houses. Savor specialties like “gateau Basque”, “piperade”, and “marmitako”, complemented by local cider or Irouléguy wines.
Basque gastronomy is one of a kind! During your trip don’t forget to stop for a “Gateau Basque”: a buttery cake filled with either black cherry jam or a creamy almond pastry cream, it captures the essence of Basque culinary tradition.
You can also triy the famous piperade: a flavorful dish made from tomatoes, green peppers, onions, with Espelette pepper, often accompanied by Bayonne ham and sometimes topped with a poached egg. A unique taste of the fresh and aromatic flavors of the region.
Originating from the Irouléguy appellation in the northern Basque Country, the Irouléguy Wines, both red and white, are characterized by their robust flavors and deep colors. The mountainous terrain and oceanic climate give them a distinctive taste.You can also stop for a glass of Txakoli (or Chacolí): athough more commonly associated with the Basque Country of Spain, this slightly sparkling, very dry white wine has also found its way into French Basque cuisine.
The Pays Basque boasts a diverse geography, where rugged Atlantic coastline meets verdant rolling hills. Nestled in the western Pyrenees, its landscape is punctuated with traditional Basque villages, dense forests, and meandering rivers. This region effortlessly blends the majesty of mountainous terrain with the allure of the ocean’s edge.
The Pays Basque is steeped in ancient traditions, influenced by both Spanish and French cultures. It has a history marked by fervent nationalism, with its unique language, and resilient autonomy. A region defined by its distinct identity amidst shifting political landscapes.