Basque villages

The campsite is close by some marvellous villages, including some that are officially ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. Not to be missed!

Ascain

Ascain, with its typical Labourdin houses, is 5 kilometres away from the campsite. In the centre, you can see a fronton and church that are also typical of Basque villages. The village is famous as the inspiration for the writer Pierre Loti in his work Ramuntcho and because Churchill painted a watercolour there.

Ascain à 5 kilomètres du camping Col Ibardin à Urrugne.
 
Ascain
Ascain à 5 kilomètres du camping Col Ibardin à Urrugne.

Sare

Sare is 14 kilometres from the campsite, and is ranked as one of the "most beautiful villages in France". Don't miss a visit to the caves, which have been fully adapted to welcome visitors, the Basque Cake Museum and "Ortillopitz", the "show house" of Basque history since 1660.

Sare à 14 kilomètres du camping Col Ibardin en Pays-Basque.
 
Sare
Sare à 14 kilomètres du camping Col Ibardin en Pays-Basque.

Ainhoa

Ainhoa is 22 kilometres from the campsite, and is also ranked among the "most beautiful villages in France". This is a fortified village with typical Labourdin houses that are perfectly lined up on either side of the high street. There is a fronton in the centre of the village and the church is listed as a Historic Monument.

Ainhoa classé parmi les « plus beaux village de France ».
 
Ainhoa
Ainhoa classé parmi les « plus beaux village de France ».

Espelette

Espelette, 25 kilometres away, blends historic and gastronomic heritage with the façades of the Labourdin houses, its traditional chocolate and its famous chilli pepper, which has brought the town international fame.

Find out more about the "Red Gold"
Espelette pepper originated in the Americas. It was introduced into the Basque country in the 16th century by the Basque explorer from Getaria, Juan Sebastian ELCANO. It was first used as a medicine, and then used in cooking to replace black pepper.

Espelette à 25 kilomètres du camping Col Ibardin à Urrugne en Pays-Basque.
 
Espelette
Espelette à 25 kilomètres du camping Col Ibardin à Urrugne en Pays-Basque.

On the Scoville scale, Espelette pepper has a rating of 4, and is no stronger than pepper. Its aroma is developed by drying it for a long time in the sun. It adds spice to dishes.

Today it is sold in different forms. You can find the traditional festoons of dried peppers, but also in powder form, as a purée, a jelly, jam and even as chocolate! Espelette pepper has been made since 1650. It is protected by both a national AOC label and a European AOP label.