Straddling the border with neighbouring Spain, the Basque country is on the small side in France, yet offers glorious variety.
Which of your senses will get hit first?
Perhaps vision, because your eyes can feast on colourful contrasts in the scenery and festivals, not to mention the feast on your plate.
Then again your ears will be awash with Basque music, bleating flocks of sheep and screeching at the fish market right where the mountains dips into the ocean.
Then you get to taste the local produce: cheese made from ewe’s milk, Espelette pepper, succulent black cherries in Basque cakes, and Spanish dishes that are a delight to share.
Your sense of touch enjoys fulfilment with the soft Basque textiles, pampering massage at the spa contrasting with rough cornerstones and pottok horses’ manes which all go to make up the essence of the Basque spirit.