Espelette tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Home of red hot chillies, Espelette is a very traditional basque village in the western Pyrenees

Espelette 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 Espelette. For detailed visitor information see the Espelette travel guide.

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Cambo-les-Bains at 4 km and Ainhoa at 6 km.

Espelette, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 4 km (direction east)

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

See Itxassou guide


at 4 km (direction east-north-east)

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

See Cambo-les-Bains guide


Most Beautiful Village at 6 km (direction west-south-west)

Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among...

See Ainhoa guide
Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Church at 6 km (direction south-west)

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

See Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame guide


at 8 km (direction west)

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

See Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle guide


Most Beautiful Village at 11 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Sare guide
La Rhune

La Rhune

Scenery at 16 km (direction west)

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

See La Rhune guide
Bayonne cathedral

Bayonne cathedral

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

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

See Bayonne cathedral guide


Seaside resort at 17 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Anglet guide


at 17 km (direction north-north-west)

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

See Bayonne guide


Seaside resort at 18 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Saint-Jean-de-Luz guide


Seaside resort at 18 km (direction north-west)

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

See Biarritz guide
Saint-Jean-de-Luz church

Saint-Jean-de-Luz church

Church at 18 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Saint-Jean-de-Luz church guide
La Bastide-Clairence

La Bastide-Clairence

Most Beautiful Village at 18 km (direction east-north-east)

Labastide-Clairence is another of the most picturesque villages in the Basque region...

See La Bastide-Clairence guide

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Map of places to visit near Espelette


Markets in and near Espelette

  • Cambo-les-Bains: market Wednesday & Friday (4km)
  • Ustaritz: market Saturday (6km)
  • Bidart: market Saturday (16km)
  • Anglet: market Thursday & Sunday (16km)
  • Bayonne: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (17km)
  • Saint Jean de Luz: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (18km)
  • Ciboure: market Sunday (18km)
  • Urrugne: market Thursday (21km)
  • Boucau: market Saturday (21km)
  • Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: market Monday all day (26km)

More information about Espelette, Aquitaine

Tourist attractions near Espelette, France

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

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de la villa Arnaga (4km)
  • Parc du Sarrat (52km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Vallée des Aldudes (26km)
  • Marais d'Orx (29km)
  • Forêt d'Iraty (48km)
  • Gorges d'Holzarté (57km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Espelette is in the south-west of France at 87 kilometres from Pau, the department capital (general information: Espelette is 679 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Espelette

Canton: Espelette

Arrondissement: Bayonne

Department: Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Region: Aquitaine

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 64250

Distance to Espelette

from Pau (prefecture): 87 km

from Paris: 679 km

from Calais: 882 km

from Nice: 704 km

from Bordeaux: 180 km

from Strasbourg: 918 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 Espelette from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Ainhoa, Cambo-les-Bains, Halsou, Itxassou, Jatxou and Larressore.

This page in French: Visiter Espelette