Visit Itxassou (Aquitaine, France)
Although small it is an attractive village with the houses painted white and the exterior exposed timbers and shutters painted red or green. Exploring the village is simple - just wander down the main street and enjoy the sight of the lovely Basque houses set against the backdrop of the surrounding hills. The village falls in two parts, one around the church and the other around the mairie.
The main notable monument in Itxassou is the 17th century Church of Saint-Fructueux. The interior is particularly attractive with three wooden galleries around the walls and lots of sculpted wood, typical of churches in the basque region, while in the surrounding cemetery you can see some ancient funeral stones.
There are two Logis de France restaurants in the town, which was a nice surprise in such a small village. They are both hotels too but make sure you book in advance if you plan to stay here - even in mid-September both were fully booked when I visited. One is up in the top part of the town and the other down in the even quieter lower part of town.
The town is well known locally for its cherries and if possible we suggest you visit in spring when the cherry trees are in blossom (typically the end of March).
To explore nearby
On the way out of Itxassou next to the Nive River you can see the Pas de Roland - a boulder with a hole in it reputedly made by the great knight Roland with his sword Durandal on his way to Roncevaux.
The view from the hill of Urzumu, a little to the west (with a small aerodrome), is also recommended.
Hikers will find several trails to follow from the village, with those leading to Mondarrain and Artzamendi among the most popular.
There are several other lovely basque villages to visit in the region around Itxassou, with Sare and Ainhoa both classified as 'beautiful villages' and the chilli growing town of Espelette is also very picturesque.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Itxassou, Espelette, Bayonne, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, 64250 || GPS: latitude 43.332, longitude -1.40083
Map of Itxassou & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Itxassou, France
- Jardins de la villa Arnaga - remarkable garden (3km)
- Ainhoa - most beautiful village (8km)
- Sare - most beautiful village (15km)
- La Bastide-Clairence - most beautiful village (16km)
- Bayonne cathédrale St Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (19km)
- Bayonne - secteur sauvegarde (19km)
- Anglet - ville fleurie 4* (19km)
- Porte St Jacques - St Jean Pied-de-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (23km)
- Vallée des Aldudes - site of natural beauty (25km)
- Marais d'Orx - site of natural beauty (30km)
The French version of this page is at Itxassou (Francais)