Ainhoa & Basque Country
ON THE SPANISH BORDER, A MAGNIFICENT AUTHENTIC AND PRESERVED REGION
Classed among the most beautiful villages in France, the old fortified town of Aïnhoa, founded in the 13th century and then partly rebuilt in the 17th century, is an essential stop on any circuit in the Basque Country. Its long and unique street, lined with picturesque white houses with red and green half-timbering, and its 13th century church with its four-storey square bell tower, will not leave you indifferent.
From the hotel, you can explore the Basque Country, which, between sea and mountains, perfectly combines nature, culture, history and gastronomy.
Your hosts will be happy to advise you in this discovery.
Close to the festive and hectic Bayonne, on the border with Spain, a few kilometers from Espelette and its famous peppers, the picturesque village of Aïnhoa is also on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.
Only 12 km away, the Rhune train, an authentic cogwheel train, takes you to discover the magnificent panorama offered by the highest point of the Basque Coast (905 m).
The surroundings of Aïnhoa reveal beautiful prospects for nature lovers and hikers, small or large, family or more sporty with, among others, sections of the GR10 nearby and the hike to the Notre-Dame de l'Aubépine (384 m).
Lovers of nautical activities will not be left out with the proximity (35 minutes on average) to the Basque coast and its seaside resorts with elegant villages. as (Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bidart, Guetary, Biarritz, etc.).
As a family, there is no lack of leisure ideas either, between the "Etxola" animal park in Sare (15 mins), the "Ttiki Leku" children's games in Souraide (15 mins), rafting outings in Itxassou (20 mins ) or the Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle lake 10 minutes away.
Finally, fans of shopping and "bargains" will hasten to cross the Spanish border just 100 m away to reach the ventas of the Spanish Basque country with its reference shopping area in the "Dantxaria" region. You will find a wide range of products at good prices: meats, vegetables/fruits, everyday products, alcohol and wines….