Your guide will meet you at your hotel & you will depart for a full day discovery tour of the Basque Country.
Your first stop will be at the lovely hilltop village of Sare. Surrounded by superb Basque farmhouses, this pastoral and peaceful setting rests in the shadow of the Rhune Mountain and in the heart of what was once known as the old smuggling region. A stop here at Sare's preserved, typical Basque House, gives an opportunity to view the interior of a traditional Basque home as well as enjoy a tasting of local treats that have been produced from the surrounding farms. This may include cheeses, apple marmalade, cider and wine.
You will then drive to the village of Ainhoa, which was nearly totally destroyed by the Spanish in 1629. The houses you see here today were rebuilt during the 17th and 18th centuries. Your guided tour down the town's main street showcases some of the finest homes built in the Labourd style, with the dates of construction and owner's name engraved on the lintels above the doorways. Lunch in Ainhoa
In the afternoon you will drive to the town of Espelette, known worldwide for its ‘Piment d’Espelette’ (chili peppers). Then on to Saint Pee sur Nivelle, one of the 3 towns which form the ‘North’ Basque country. From the XVIth century onwards this town, at the geographical crossroad linking the coast to the Basque hinterland, has sheltered pilgrims on their way to the shrine of St James of Compostella - witness the shell-shaped arch above the church's altar-screen and the many "hospice buildings" in the vicinity. The town is surrounded by typical Basque country farms.