2 Best Places to Shop in The Basque Country, Gascony, and Hautes-Pyrenees, France

Atelier du Chocolat de Bayonne

Fancy chocolates are a specialty of the Basque Country, and you can sample some at this store that is also a workshop. Before you decide which kind to take home, go on a tour (€6) to watch chocolates being made by the chefs and try some samples.

Au Parapluie des Pyrénées

This is the only shop in France where the large umbrellas still used by Basque and Bearnais shepherds are handmade to specially withstand sun, rain, and the force of the wind. If cared for properly, one of these umbrellas should last you a lifetime.