COUNTRYSIDE HOLIDAY IN THE ARBEROUE VALLEY
How about a holiday to really unwind? Get away from it all and take the time to enjoy simple, special moments during a weekend or a week in the Arberoue Valley. In the very heart of the Basque Country, between rolling green hills and the peaks of the Pyrenees, this is the ideal destination to fully relax and unwind.
Meet the locals who bring this region to life, enjoy a walk in the authentic village of Saint-Martin d’Arberoue and sample local produce direct from the farm.
Experience country life in the charming gîtes and guesthouses of this bucolic woodland valley. The ideal location for anyone looking to slow down! Your hosts will be delighted to recommend places to see and things to do. Eco-friendly accommodation is the watchword here (waste sorting, compost, eco-friendly cleaning products, LED lighting, etc.).
Climb on a bicycle or a horse or simply put on your hiking boots and explore the trails and hillsides of Mont Eltzarruze.
Don’t miss the famous prehistoric caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya, where traces of human presence date back 80,000 years. Both caves can be visited on guided tours only.
Meet the locals at Agerria farm, where Bernadette and Jean-Claude will share their passion for farming and the fruit of their labour with you: Ossau Iraty PDO sheep cheese, Kintoa PDO ham, dried sausage, chorizo and more. Discover Manech sheep and Pie Noir pigs, the emblematic livestock of the Basque Country.
In the company of professional local storytellers Marie-Luce and Jean-Marc, head off the beaten track and discover the secrets of the village of Saint-Martin-d’Arberoue. Along these discovery tours, share in the tales and well-kept secrets that make the charm of the Basque Country.
With the kids? Enjoy a family slow walk on pony-back in the Basque countryside with Ttikientzat. Jean-Pierre and Agnes will accompany you through this 6ha park with magnificent views of the valley.
The Arberoue Valley is the ideal spot to recharge your batteries and enjoy soft activities, away from the rush of everyday life. Just a single watchword: take your time!
TO GET EVEN MORE OUT OF YOUR HOLIDAY:
- Isturitz and Oxocelhaya caves: Advance booking only. Duration of visit: 1 hour. Dress warmly (temperature of the caves at 14°C) with closed footwear.
- Agerria Farm: Visits from Monday to Saturday (10am-11.30am and 2pm-6pm). No advance booking required. Farm shop open from 9am to 7pm (closed Sundays)
- Story-telling tour: Fridays at 10am. Advance booking only.
- Tikientzat pony rides: Advance booking recommended. For children aged 3 to 10 years. Picnic area in the park.
BOOK YOUR ACTIVITIES
Just 15 mins from Hasparren and 30 mins from Cambo, Ttikienzat is in a well-preserved small village, 2 minutes from the famous Isturitz and Oxocelhaya caves.
In the heart of the Basque Country and 30 minutes from the coast, St. Martin d’Arberoue: on the Gaztelu hillside, 600 metres of passageways in the Isturitz and Oxocelhaya caves. Uncover the mysteries…
Jean Marc and Marie-Luce invite you to discover their region, the Arberoue Valley, through a selection of themed walks adapted to all the family. Discovery tours punctuated with stories and anecdotes.
BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION
800m from the centre of the village and 2 kms from the Isturitz and Oxocelhaya caves, this self-contained flat is located in a traditional Basque-style house.
Detached Gîtes de Pays house, renovated in 2021, 3km from St Martin d’Arberoue and 14km from Hasparren. Located on a hillside with spectacular views.
Open from 11/05. Advance booking required. Breakfast with social distancing or at staggered times. Reduced number of rooms rented at the same time. 8 guests maximum at once.
Les Fous du Village is a group of friends who revived the ancient Château Basque Sorhaburu in the village of Saint Esteben. These charming, spacious and modern guest rooms offer luxurious comfort.
Guesthouse Argoitzia, 15 minutes from the town of Hasparren and close to the Isturitz and Otxozelaia caves.