It’s probably one of the preferred destinations of the French. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees, the Basque Country overflows with little-known treasures, brought to light in “Papier”, the new local guide. Interview with its creator.
Christened Papier, this guide was launched by Valentine Cinier, a Parisian journalist who moved to Biarritz two years ago. The goal? Create an anti-guide for Basque natives and people passing through, in order to showcase local know-how. In love with her new region, the author selected a handful of her favourite addresses for AMV Journal.
A fine food shop: Auberge Koskenia, in Bidart
“In the central square of the village of Bidart, the former post office was transformed into a multifunctional space. The Auberge Koskenia offers rooms and dorms, but also a fine food shop, a shared work space and a dining space open from breakfast to dinner.”
Place Sauveur Atchoarena
A fish restaurant: Carøe, in Biarritz
“Piloted by Florian and Joséphine, this restaurant will delight everyone in love with bold cuisine and anyone looking for a different experience at the heart of Biarritz. Regardless of what you order, you’re in for a treat, thanks to daring flavour combinations and perfectly mastered cooking techniques. A must!”
51 rue Gambetta
A boulangerie: Etxe Goxoan, in Ciboure
“At Etxe Goxoan, in Ciboure (but also at the Halles in Saint-Jean de Luz), the artisan-baker Bertrand Ducauroy decided to specialise in ‘living bread.’ Homemade bread with natural yeast, the oldest known technique to make the bread ‘grow’. Simply delicious.”
51 avenue Jean Jaurès
A cabin to sleep in: Maison Blanche, in Urrugne
“In Urrugne, there are two hidden cabins: the first in a bamboo forest, the second with an unblocked view of the Basque mountains. An experience to travel at the heart of nature!”
1983 route de Ciboure à Olhette
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Photos of the Papier guide: Papi aime Mamie Studio (@papi.aime.mamie)
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