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Saveurs of French Basque Country

  • San Sebastián
  • Gastronomy

'Gourmet' is a French word because our neighbors to the north know something about eating (well) and drinking (very well). We go to Gaul to have a few things explained to us about their national treasures. Namely: cheeses, wines, charcuterie and The Good Life in general. We’ll end the day in Hondarribia with some pintxos. Nothing can go wrong.

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Participants

From 2 to 7 person/s

Price

2 pax: 575 €

Extra Person: +155 €

Child (10-17): +85 €

For groups bigger than 6 people contact us 

Duration

From 8h to 9h

INCLUDED

Private guide, private transport, high quality local specialities (cheese, foie gras, oysters, shrimps, snails, truffle infused specialities, macarons), selected drinks and water.

PLACES

Biarrtiz, Guéthary, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia

HOURS

Departures 09:00h
 

Getting up early to embark on a gastronomic adventure through the Côte Basque, one of the most picturesque areas of the Atlantic coast, shouldn’t be too difficult. Likewise starting the day by heading to San Juan de Luz to visit a cheesemaker.

Affineur, King of Cheeseland  

The ‘affineur’ is the person who, once the cheese is received from the producers, stores it until the piece reaches its point of maturity, suitable for sale. In Saint Jean de Luz we’ll try a selection of cheeses specially ‘refined’ by our affineur and pair them with – of course - a good French wine from Irulegui.

Macarons & Pirates  

Protected by a bay, Saint Jean de Luz is a peaceful summer and fishing village. We’ll visit the Maison Adam pastry shop where, in 1660 (!) they created the famous ‘macaron’. At the same time, a certain Johannès de Suhigaraychipi, a French corsair who captured more than 100 British, Dutch and Spanish ships, was sailing through the area. We’ll also talk about this on our walk through town, while we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, a church with spectacular polychromed woodwork and miniatures of ships that remind us of just how appreciated miracles of the sea were back in the day. 

Beautiful (and posh) Biarritz

Biarritz is many things: Europe’s gateway to surfing in the mid-50s, one of the pioneers of beach tourism (they started promoting it 200 years ago!) And one of the most desired places to see and be seen. We’ll walk along the promenade admiring the sea and the sumptuous hotels until we reach the 44-meter-high lighthouse.

National treasure  

We’ll visit the colorful market of Les Halles to take the pulse of daily city life and get in touch with the greatest that France has to offer: its cheeses, charcuterie, and bakeries / patisseries. If you've waited the whole trip to do your gastro shopping, this is the time. We’ll stop at the best bar in the market, try the famous Arcachon oysters, prawns, and escargots (if you’re one who, like us, not only dares to eat them, but adores them), we will accompany it with a prodigious Bordeaux white wine (what Bordeaux isn’t wonderful, eh?), and when it seems it can’t get any better, we’ll visit a gourmet stall specializing in truffled charcuterie. Yes, you read it right: t-r-u-f-f-l-e-d c-h-a-r-c-u-t-e-r-i-e (oh my god).

Back to pintxoland  

We’ll finish the route on the other side of the border, beyond the Bidasoa river. The last (or the first, depending on how you look at it) city on the Spanish coast is a privileged place with sea, river, bay, mountains, a fishing district that is at the forefront of world cuisine (says the New York Times!), and a medieval walled neighborhood (with streets not suitable for heels) at the top. In Hondarribia we’ll try some of the best pintxos in one of the most prize-winning restaurants, and with a full stomach we’ll be able to discuss the differences between Basque-French and Basque-Spanish cuisine. We doubt you’ll ever find a reason for such a juicy discussion. Conclusion: we’ll return home with a full stomach and a wide-open mind.
 

 

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Saveurs of French Basque Country: 2017-04-08

My wife and I went on a tour around the basque country and contacted Ernes to guide us around the french basque country as a friend of ours recommended him. We couldn't had a better guide! Ernes is an amazing guide that made our day the best of our holiday. The day trip across the french basque country is very special as it combines beautiful towns, views, markets and restaurants. The quality of the food and products we had were remarkable and...

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