Espelette is indeed a village full of colour and flavour, with superb façades, crumbling with strings of red chilli peppers. A stone's throw from the ocean and close to Navarre, Ezpeleta (in Basque: a place planted with boxwood), once a fortress and lordship attached to the kingdom of Navarre, now a village of 2,000 inhabitants, is a pretty village whose tourism has changed the economy in recent decades, originally agricultural (sheep farming, corn). Indeed, it has acquired a worldwide reputation for its famous red peppers drying on the facades of houses. And Espelette also knows how to seduce by a charming environment: a typical habitat made up of neat, flowery white houses with green or red woodwork scattered around its beautiful church and unspoilt nature around it, since the village is set on a hilltop with, in the distance, Mount Urzumu (216 m), Ereby (583 m), Artzimendi (936 m), Ezcondray (550 m), and Mondarain (749 m) and, to the south, on a clear day, the Rhune and its 900 m of altitude. The small river is the Latxa, it joins the Nive at Larressore.

About 2 minutes from Espelette is Souraïde. Nestled in a wilderness at leisure, this village of some 1,200 inhabitants offers a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains, Ursuya, Baigura, Mondarrain, la Rhune, etc. And as early as 1249, it is mentioned on one of the beautiful roads to Santiago de Compostela. At that time there were two priories dependent on Souraïde, that of Gostorro and that of the Madeleine d'Otxantz. The first one is now called Gostorro Eliçaldea, in front of the church. As for the second, under the name of Hospitale Paradiso, it was at the time the centre of an important agricultural exploitation. But since the 1969 land consolidation, the ruins of the chapel are located on the territory of Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle. As for the church, restored in the 17th and 18th centuries, it has very beautiful galleries, an altarpiece with statues of Saint James in pilgrim's clothing, Saint Peter and Saint Paul and numerous bas-reliefs representing Saint Luke and Saint John. It is also illustrated by a beautiful tapestry of the monks of Bellocq still representing the pilgrim of Santiago de Compostela. Until the Revolution, all the land belonged to the barony of Espelette, its neighbour with an indescribable reputation. Today this pretty village can boast, in its heart, besides beautiful landscapes, a quality hotel-restaurant, the Hotel Bergara, a recommended stopover for pilgrims, but also for tourists who love peace and quiet.

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Espelette, le village haut en couleur fête le piment

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