A few kilometers from Spain, Espelette is a small village in the Basque Country at the foot of the mountains, famous for its typical houses with red and white facades adorned with chilli ropes.
Enjoy your next holiday in the Basque Country and discover Espelette!
Famous for the cultivation of pepper and for the breeding of Pottok, Espelette is a picturesque and preserved Basque village whose visit is unavoidable. It will charm young and old by the typical character of its houses labourdines facades covered with bunches of red peppers. Among the unmissable places of the small picturesque city, your discovery of Espelette will pass by the pediment of Basque pelota, as well as by the castle of the barons of Ezpeleta which shelters permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The steeple-donjon of the fortified church Saint-Etienne also draws in the village its silhouette. The interior of the building is distinguished by remarkable wooden galleries, painted ceilings and rich furniture. At the heart of the village, the main pedestrian street is a pleasant place to stroll: many shops invite you to discover local products and local crafts. Espelette is also the starting point for family hikes and mountain bike tours of different levels.
Inescapable in Espelette, the Atelier du piment offers you to discover the cultivation methods and the different culinary uses of pepper. Ideal to visit with family, the establishment organizes fun courses that take you from the field to the plates, with tasting at the key. If you discover Espelette in October, you will have the opportunity to attend the friendly chilli festivals, lively concerts, demonstrations of Basque strength and folk street performances. Do not leave Espelette without having discovered the Pottok, this breed of small horses typical of the region.
Children will particularly enjoy riding baptisms and carriage rides. Among the other possible outings during an excursion to Espelette include the visit of the chocolate workshop, or the hikes to the Mondarrain.The route called “family circuit” offers a walk to meet local producers: a stroll between nature and gastronomy!