Make sure to put aside enough time for a drive out to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, to discover what is known locally as "the heartland of Basque Country". Stop in front of one of the large traditional farmhouses of the region, which usually has a lauburu, the Basque cross, above the entrance door. These very singular white and red facade buildings, passed from generation to generation, are quaint hallmarks of Basque village life.
Among the most picturesque, Ainhoa is well worth a stop, with its unique street and typical, colourful architecture. 6 kilometres away, Espelette is a village known around the world for its pepper. Each year at the end of summer, the facades of the village houses are adorned with dozens of strings of peppers which, when dried and powdered, turn to “red gold”. Close by, Itxassou is famous for its cherries and cherry jam. The specialty of the region, the Gateau Basque, is served with custard or jam, the choice is yours.