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.
A typically Basque church.
The church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste d'Arcangues was founded, as shown by an engraving above the door, in 1516, by Augier d'Arcangues, the squire and lord of Arcangues.
This simple church nevertheless has some nice architectural details as well as a wealth of liturgical objects. The church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste has a high steeple and is surrounded by a large cemetery.
Inspired by the British.
Rebuilt in 1900, the Arcangues castle towers over the town on a small hill.
Surrounded by a large park planted with oak trees, the castle is hidden behind a thick cover of ivy. Built in a romantic style, this building now houses a museum made up of many rooms decorated in a successful English and Scottish style. During your visit , admire the circular library and the large bay.
A place for calm and contemplation.
Around the Saint-Jean-Baptiste d'Arcangues church, the town cemetery is a terraced structure which lends this Basque cemetery all its charm.
In addition to the stones and tombs, the cemetery includes a large number of hillarris, some from the 16th century, as well as a monument shaped as a Malta cross, erected under the reign of Queen Victoria. Luis Mariano is buried in this cemetery.