If you plan on visiting the Basque Country for the first time during Easter break or this summer, you will enjoy reading this article ! Our KEYWEEK Agency has handpicked 5 of the most beautiful villages of the Basque Country for you to explore ! On the Basque Coast or inland, discover the local heritage of our beautiful region !
Guéthary and its small fishermen’s port
Let’s start with the Basque Coast by visiting the charming fishermen’s village of Guéthary ! You will love to be by the ocean and stroll along the coastline any time of the day ! The city hall’s place and its Basque fronton (Basque pelota wall), small home design shops, delicious restaurants and seaside open-air cafes will immediately take you to this small seaside resort !
Keen surfers knows one of the most villages of the Basque Country as it’s home of the famous wave of Parlmentia breaking on the right hand side of the small port. There’re also many beaches down the cliff you will love to test them all during your holidays !
If you stay in Biarritz, our Concierges recommend you to come to Guéthary by train from Biarritz’s train station. It’s very quick and convenient, and you’ll avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot especially in summer !
Ascain and its views of the Rhune mountain
Secondly, let’s go to Ascain a lovely Basque village 10 minutes away from Saint-Jean-de-Luz by car. Nestled at the foothill of the highest Basque mountain, la Rhune, Ascain is great to explore. Besides being ideally located close to the start of many hiking trails of the area, visiting this authentic village will allow you to dive into Basque culture and traditions. You can also visit local brewery Akerbeltz or the weaving workshops of Basque brand Lartigue.
If you wish to explore one of the most beautiful villages of the Basque Country the right away, why don’t you stay in our villas AUTHENTIC or HILLVIEW ? Stunning renovated traditional Basque houses with pools, these two villas feature incredible views of the Rhune mountain. They welcome you in the utmost comfort for unforgettable holidays. They are the ideal place for family or friends holidays.
Espelette for its world-famous chilis
Then for those who like to explore the terroir of Basque gastronomy, Espelette is a must-see ! This lovely village allows you to discover the origins of the famous Espelette chilis. Used in traditional Basque specialties, the chili is a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and is cultivated in 10 recognized villages around Espelette. It is know world-wide famous !
During your visit you will love to see the fields full of red chilis. And of course their drying method along the houses’ facades !
Our Concierges recommend to visit this colorful village at the end of October. The whole village is celebrating the red chilis’ harvest ! It’s a must-attend if you like to witness a good local atmosphere in one of the most picturesque and most beautiful villages of the Basque Country.
Hondarribia, one of the most beautiful villages of the Basque Country in Spain
We already mentioned this stunningly cute village in a former blog article. It shows how much we love it ! Whether it is before or after a hike at the Jaizkibel mountain or just to spend a whole day, we strongly recommend you to visit one of the most beautiful villages of the Basque Country on the Spanish side ! You will like to stroll along the ramparts and you will be stunned by how its historic heritage has been preserved ! Hondarribia is also well-known on the international food scene thanks to its many delicious pintxos (tapas) bars and restaurants !
Good to know : the International Blues Festival is hosted in Hondarribia every year in July ! This is a unique event you shouldn’t miss set in a traditional fishermen’s port.
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port : a must stop for Camino de Santiago
To finish our selection, our KEYWEEK Concierges encourage you to visit the beautiful medieval village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ! This fortified village overlooks the valley and offers outstanding views !
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a well-known stop for those who like to walk along the Camino de Santiago all the way to Spain ! For this reason don’t be surprised to see many hostels and pensiones welcoming pilgrims still nowadays. Stroll along the cobblestones streets and explore the fascinating history of this former Kingdom of Navarre !
Our KEYWEEK agency is insisting in writing that this is just a simple selection of the most beautiful villages of the Basque Country ! There are so many other villages to explore in the area : Sare, Cambo-les-Bains, Bidart, Urrugne, etc. The list is never-ending ! If you’d like to receive recommendations and good tips on which villages to visit, ask us ! Our Concierges will be happy to advise you !