Sare, Pyrenees-Atlantiques: tourism & sightseeing

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Sare is deep in Basque country near the Spanish border, 14km south of St Jean de Luz and 20km south of Biarritz. It is classified among the 'most beautiful villages of France' and is a lovely little Basque hilltop village in the historical Labourd province.

Explore Sare

The village is centred around the Place du Fronton, where you will find the tourist office and which is a good place to start your visit.

A 'fronton' (hence Place du Fronton) is a place where the traditional Basque sport of Pelote is played, with two players and a ball which is hit against a wall.

The houses in Sare are built in the traditional style of the region, with shutters painted in the traditional red and green of the Basque flag. Be sure to take a look at the 17th century Church of Saint Martin and Saint Catherines Chapel as you explore among the 17th century houses.

Basque churches have the unusual feature of having rows of balconies - Romeo and Juliet style - along the two walls, making them much less austere on the inside than the outside.

You can also visit the 'Museum of the Basque Gateau' at Sare.

We enjoyed ambling around the streets of Sare and the views over the surrounding countryside, and although the village doesn't take long to explore we recommend you visit when in the area.

Attractions nearby

Sare village is set in the 'shadow' of mount Rhune which dominates the skyline in much of this part of south-west France. The surrounding area is very pastoral, and rural, with cows sitting happily chewing grass in the fields. Walking is very popular in the area and the National Pathway GR10 passes through the area.

A popular side trip is the small train to the summit of La Rhune, which has lovely views to the coast to the west and the Pyrenees to the east. The neighbouring villages of Ascain and Ainhoa are also very pretty and well worth a visit.

About 6 kilometres south of the village are the Grottes de Sare, a large cave that was inhabited in prehistoric times. At Ortillopitz, in a lovely location close to Sare, is a large farmholding called 'la Maison Basque de Sare which has been restored to show what a farm and surrounding gardens were like in the 17th century - very interesting.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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Tourist classifications for Sare

Sare is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)

Address: Sare, Espelette, Bayonne, Aquitaine, 64310, France || GPS: latitude 43.312, longitude -1.58

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