Espelette tourism and travel guide

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Visit Espelette: highlights and tourist information

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

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.

Espelette is situated in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department and Aquitaine region (now part of the region), in the south-west of France at 87 kilometres from Pau, the department capital (general information: Espelette is 679 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Cambo-les-Bains at 4 km and Ainhoa at 6 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Espelette, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Espelette in .

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


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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

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

Geographical Information

Commune: Espelette

Canton: Espelette

Arrondissement: Bayonne

Department: Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Region: Aquitaine

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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

Espelette is in the south-west of France. 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