Ainhoa tourism and travel guide

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Visit Ainhoa: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

Ainhoa is situated in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Ainhoa. For detailed visitor information see the Ainhoa travel guide.

Attractions in Ainhoa

The church in Ainhoa is a traditional Basque church with rows of balconies around the walls: Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Tourist classifications for Ainhoa include "most beautiful village".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Ainhoa in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Espelette at 6 km and Sare at 7 km.

Ainhoa, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Church less than one km (direction south)

The church in Ainhoa is a traditional Basque church with rows of balconies around...

See Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame guide


at 6 km (direction north-east)

Home of red hot chillies, Espelette is a very traditional basque village in the...

See Espelette guide


Most Beautiful Village at 7 km (direction west)

Sare is one of several traditional Basque towns in the western Pyrenees, with lots...

See Sare guide


at 7 km (direction north-west)

Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle is a small basque village with a popular leisure lake...

See Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle guide


at 8 km (direction east-north-east)

Less visited than some of the traditional Basque villages here, Itxassou is very pleasant...

See Itxassou guide


at 10 km (direction east-north-east)

Cambo-les-Bains is a small pleasant town, best known for its thermal waters and the...

See Cambo-les-Bains guide
La Rhune

La Rhune

Scenery at 11 km (direction west)

The Rhune is a small Pyrenees mountain that you can go up in a...

See La Rhune guide


Seaside resort at 16 km (direction west-north-west)

A long established beach resort, Saint-Jean-de-Luz also has a lively and popular town centre...

See Saint-Jean-de-Luz guide
Saint-Jean-de-Luz church

Saint-Jean-de-Luz church

Church at 16 km (direction west-north-west)

The church of Saint John the Baptist in Saint-Jean-de-Luz has a remarkable interior with...

See Saint-Jean-de-Luz church guide


at 16 km (direction west-north-west)

Once home to Maurice Ravel, Ciboure is a smal port and resort just south...

See Ciboure guide


Seaside resort at 20 km (direction west-north-west)

Anglet, close to Biarritz, has several kilometres of beaches on the French Atlantic coast...

See Anglet guide


Seaside resort at 20 km (direction north-north-west)

The 19th century architecture and lovely beach and coast combine to make Biarritz a...

See Biarritz guide
Bayonne cathedral

Bayonne cathedral

Cathedral at 20 km (direction north-north-west)

Bayonne cathedral is an imposing gothic style cathedral with a beautifully restored apse and...

See Bayonne cathedral guide


at 21 km (direction north-north-west)

Bayonne is a lovely historic city with a cathedral, a substantial old town and...

See Bayonne guide

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Map of places to visit near Ainhoa


Markets in and near Ainhoa

  • Cambo-les-Bains: market Wednesday & Friday (10km)
  • Ustaritz: market Saturday (11km)
  • Saint Jean de Luz: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (16km)
  • Ciboure: market Sunday (16km)
  • Bidart: market Saturday (17km)
  • Urrugne: market Thursday (17km)
  • Anglet: market Thursday & Sunday (20km)
  • Bayonne: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (21km)
  • Hendaye: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (23km)
  • Boucau: market Saturday (24km)

More information about Ainhoa, Aquitaine

Tourist attractions near Ainhoa, France

What to do at Ainhoa? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Ainhoa.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de la villa Arnaga (10km)
  • Parc du Sarrat (57km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Vallée des Aldudes (23km)
  • Marais d'Orx (34km)
  • Forêt d'Iraty (48km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Ainhoa is in the south-west of France at 91 kilometres from Pau, the department capital (general information: Ainhoa is 685 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Ainhoa

Canton: Espelette

Arrondissement: Bayonne

Department: Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Region: Aquitaine

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 64250

Distance to Ainhoa

from Pau (prefecture): 91 km

from Paris: 685 km

from Calais: 887 km

from Nice: 708 km

from Bordeaux: 186 km

from Strasbourg: 924 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Biarritz airport (Bordeaux is another option). Allow at least 8 hours for the drive from the cross-channel ferries. For driving distances to Ainhoa from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 2 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Espelette and Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle.

This page in French: Visiter Ainhoa