Less than an hour by car from the campsite, there is a completely different region to explore. Steep cliffs, long fine-sand beaches, and the Pyrenees mountains, driving through picturesque villages with their Labourdine houses, the Basque Country has a multitude of interesting places to visit.
The Basque heritage is famous for its gastronomy (charcuterie, peppers, chocolate, piperade, axoa, Basque cake, ewe-milk cheese with black-cherry jam, mouchou biscuits, the marmitako tuna stew and so many other local specialities to discover) and its folklore, with its dancers dressed in local colours, red berets and traditional music.
You can measure your powers against the Basque strength, attacking a tree trunk with an axe, heavy stone pulling or tug of war…
You can also learn to play Basque Pelota, the local sport.
And you can try to speak some Euskara, the Basque language, still common in the region.
The Basque country is also famous for its piments d’Espelette, a local variety of chili peppers from the village of Espelette, cultivated from long ago up to the present and hung in garlands outside the typical Basque houses.
On the Basque coast, there are the resorts of Bayonne, Biarritz, Hendaye or Saint-Jean de Luz; interesting streets, restaurants, ports and the beaches famous for their waves; the Basque coast is a paradise for surf-boarders.
In the back country, there are lovely villages such as Sare (one of the finest villages in France), Ainhoa, Itxassou and of course Espelette, their streets bordered by traditional houses, in red and white and a Pelota court.
Don’t forget the mountain of La Rhune, on the frontier with Spain; its little mountain train takes you to the top of that emblem of the Basque country, to gaze upon the ocean, the Landes forest, the Basque Pyrenees and the valley of Bidassoa.
The Basque country is something special, you will never forget it!