A QUINTESSENTIALLY BASQUE COUNTRY ESCAPE
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FROM € 3800 PP
It is on the Basque coast that the ocean meets the Pyrenees, a rocky and jagged coast, a must for surfers who have made this discipline the emblem of the Basque country. Carefully designed by our travel experts, this luxury road trip takes you to the most beautiful places in the Basque Country, through the Basque Coast’s best historic towns and into its majestic countryside, stopping at some of the most luxurious and typically Basque hotels.
What better place than Biarritz to start your trip to the Basque Country ? Upon your arrival, your personal driver will take you to the magnificent Hôtel du Palais for three nights, neither more nor less than the former imperial residence of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie created in 1854, majestically overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Located in the heart of Biarritz the imperial, with its flamboyant architecture and its unique landscapes, its many monuments and historical sites, its shops and restaurants, it is the ideal central position to discover the Basque region.
Here, between the ocean and the mountains, the fresh sea air and the excitement of the city combine to meet all your desires for relaxation, sport, delicacies and culture.
Start with a moment of relaxation at the Spa at the Hôtel du Palais. Hammam, sauna, cold water pool, indoor pool, jacuzzi and solarium… and a massage cabin with an ocean view awaits you. Continue with a private walk led by our historian who will introduce you to the history of its prestigious past from Pointe Saint-Martin to Rocher de la Vierge.
STUNNING VILLAGES DELIGHTS
The Basque Country is a territory with a strong personality very marked by a universe of traditions, culture, conviviality. There is the traditional sport, Basque pelota, but also its language, its gastronomy, its landscapes and its villages. Today, we take you to discover the villages with characteristic houses of the Basque country, Ascain, Sarre, Ainhoa, Espelette, the city of peppers that are found in many dishes of Basque gastronomy. You will breathe the unique atmosphere of village festivals where all the talents of the Basque Country are expressed, songs, dances, force games and of course Basque pelota, which much more than a sport or a game, is a real culture in the Basque Country.
As at In luxe travel france, we only reserve unique experiences, an international champion of Cesta Punta will introduce you to this emblematic practice and make you discover the long history of pelota in the Basque Country and the art of making pelotas and chisteras. You will then assist to a high-level match, during which the best professional players compete.
IMMERSION IN THE BASQUE SOUL
In the Basque Country, the panoramas are more sumptuous than the others. Today will be an immersive journey in the most typical of the Basque provinces, sanctuary for the preservation of the Basque soul, the smallest and least populated: Soule. Head for this mountainous region with steep valleys, deep forests, populated by shepherds leading their flocks, typical chapels isolated in the heart of the mountain to discover an intact Basque culture made up of festivals and celebrations that animate throughout the year the smallest village to the rhythm of songs and dances, a tradition in the Basque Country, from ancestral pelota games to pastoral festivals.
Land of livestock and pastures, you will discover the famous Basque sheep cheeses including the much appreciated “Ardi Gasna” with black cherry jam and the AOC Ossau Iraty which has contributed to the reputation of the Basque Country. This product is made with raw sheep’s milk using the same artisanal and sustainable production method used centuries ago.
In the region of the Basque highlands, you will immerse yourself in the world of Osau-Iraty cheese by visiting shepherds’ huts in the mountains, dairies filled with stories and delicious cheeses to taste.
CROSSING THE BORDER
Navarre is synonymous with wines of character and the pleasure of taste buds. The diversity of soils, climates, reliefs and traditions are the breeding ground for many wines and the various cellars and many are the guardians of the historical heritage and cultural…
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YOU’LL LOVE TO KNOW
Ossau Iraty Cheese
Ossau-Iraty farm cheeses, made with raw milk by the breeder, have a punch representing a frontal sheep’s head on the rind.
Ossau-Iraty farm cheeses from mountain pastures have, in addition to the frontal view face, an edelweiss in a mountain.
Basque Espadrilles: 3 centuries of tradition
The espadrille appeared in the 18th century and is part of the traditional Basque costume in the same way as the beret. Visit Mauléon and leave with your Basque espadrille labeled “French Espadrille”.
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