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The much-prized and picturesque village of Sare, described by author Pierre Loti in his Ramuntxo as a virtually autonomous Eden, is built around a large fronton, or backboard, where a permanent pelota game rages around the clock. Not surprisingly, the Hôtel de Ville offers a permanent exhibition on Pelote Basque (July and Aug., daily 9–1 and 2–6:30; Sept.–June, daily 3–6). Sare was a busy
smuggling hub throughout the 19th century, but today’s visitors are drawn by lovely sights, not illicit activities: chief among them are a collection of wood-beam and whitewashed Basque houses, and the 16th-century late-Romanesque church with its triple-decker interior.
The Basque village of Ainhoa, officially selected by the national tourist ministry as one of the prettiest in France, is a showcase for the...
Located at the confluence of the Adour and Nive rivers, Bayonne was a Roman castrum (fort) in the 4th century and an English colony from 1151...