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Exploring France’s Basque Country

Dining alfresco in Espelette.

Photo: Max Kim-Bee

The Pays Basque may not have the name recognition of its Spanish neighbor, but the region’s hidden villages and strong culinary traditions are ripe for discovery.

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Inspired by: Exploring France’s Basque Country — by Maria Shollenbarger, Published Mar. 2009

Hotels (4)

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    L’Auberge Basque

    Cédric Béchade, 32, onetime protégé of Alain Ducasse and chef commis at the Hôtel de Crillon, is now proprietor of this nine-room inn and restauran

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    Hôtel Arraya

    On slim, windy Route D4, which crisscrosses the foothills below the summit of La Rhune mountain, we pass the lovely village of Sare, where the home

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    La Ferme Ostalapia

    Professionals, grandmothers, and farmers in clay-caked boots crowding together under the slate-gray beams. The waiters emerge from the kitchen bear

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    Hegia

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    Etche-Ona

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    Bar Jean

    This tiny bistro faces Biarritz’s famous food market.

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Activities (3)

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    Jean-Vier

    France’s premier designer and distributor of Basque linens.

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    Helena Linge Basque

    Ask to see the Socoa models.

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    Chocolatier Antton

    The ganache is spiked with the russet-colored piment d’Espelette.

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