On the route to Santiago de Compostela, the village of Ainhoa, like its neighbouring village of Sarre, is listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". Its proximity to theAtlantic Ocean, the Rhune mountain and the spa town of Combo les Bains, the crafts and the architectural heritage of this typical bastide all help to make the village of Ainhoa an interesting place to visit.
This region was coveted by England and the Kingdom of Navarre in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the bastide of Ainhoa was destroyed during the Thirty Years' War (1618 - 1648). Only the church and the Machitorénéa House survive from this period.
The typical Basque houses on the village's only street ensure that Ainhoa is full of charm.
Artiga has been creating and weaving Basque canvas since 1810. The two shops are in old country houses in a listed village. Combining the traditional with the modern, Artiga sells decorative homeware.
Such as the Hendaye canvas, a blend of orange rust with a hint of fuchsia, used to make table linen, handbags and quilts.
If you like shoes and bags you'll love all the tote bags, espadrilles, and wallets as well as a pretty range of gifts such as the little swimmer set with a bucket, spade, rake, beach towel and a little backpack.