PYRÉNÉES-ATLANTIQUES Basque vil­lages of Ain­hoa and Espelette

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Just twenty min­utes from the coast, you’ll find your­self off the beaten path in the foothills of the Basque Coun­try. This is a re­fresh­ing place to walk in the hills and ex­plore the quiet vil­lages. Ain­hoa is one of the most pic­turesque and makes a great base for hill­walk­ing. The town of Espelette is home to the fa­mous dried red pep­pers called Pi­ment d’espelette, the cor­ner­stone of Basque cui­sine. At the end of sum­mer, af­ter the pick­ing, the pep­pers are hung out­side homes and from bal­conies for dry­ing, dec­o­rat­ing the vil­lage.

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