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Visit the village of Espelette

Village located on the first foothills of the Pyrenees, Espelette is a labourdin village built around the Castle of the Barons of Ezpeleta. The place was erected into a barony by Louis XI. The castle is listed as a "Historic Monument" and today it houses the Town Hall, the Tourist Office, the library and two exhibition halls.

You will enjoy strolling through the streets of the city, especially in the main "Karrika Nagusia" which will charm you with its alignment of Labourdine houses with white facades, half-timbering and red or green shutters.

We also advise you to go to the Xerrenda district which houses a superb church, classified as a "Historic Monument", renovated in the 17th century. The neighborhood borders a charming river, Latxa.

Espelette pepper

The village is famous for its famous pepper. The whole village has developed around shops and crafts from this exceptional product. More than 140 producers grow Espelette pepper in the region. Some producers will open their doors for you to visit their farm.

Since 2000, Espelette pepper has been recognized by a Controlled Designation of Origin. This chilli has made a place for itself on the most beautiful plates and in the kitchens of the greatest restaurants. Meet at the Espelette market on Wednesday mornings to leave with this spice.

Activities for all

The village of Espelette is at the foot of the mountain. You can go for a hike, bike ride or horseback ride. You can practice many sporting activities a few minutes' drive away: climbing, rafting, Basque pelota, golf, fishing, etc. Go to the Tourist Office to find out all the good addresses nearby.

The festivities

The year in Espelette is punctuated by many events and festivities where locals and travelers meet and share this passion for the Basque Country:

  • Pottoks Fair: the last Tuesday and Wednesday of January
  • Course des Crêtes: 20 or 25 kilometers in the mountains, the first Saturday in July
  • Gayargi Festival “Children and Dances of the World”: mid-July
  • Local patronal festivals (4 days): last Sunday of July or first of August
  • Chilli Festival: last Sunday in October

Tourist advice

Our team knows the region and will be able to tell you the best activities, the most beautiful walks, the must-see visits and the unmissable dates. We know the region perfectly and we will share with you all our tourist advice. We love our beautiful region and we will reveal all its secrets to you.