5 spots to discover the hidden Basque Country

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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.

Where to buy it? You can find Papier on Instagram, or in one of these points of sale.

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.”

Auberge Koskenia
Place Sauveur Atchoarena
64210 Bidart 

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!”

Carøe fishbar
51 rue Gambetta
64200 Biarritz

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.”

Etxe Goxoan
51 avenue Jean Jaurès
64500 Ciboure

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!”

Maison Blanche
1983 route de Ciboure à Olhette
64122 Urrugne

Visit American Vintage in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

“Located in the historic neighbourhood across from the Saint-Jean Baptiste church (where Louis XIV was married on 9 June 1660), the American Vintage store brings a dose of energy to this spot strewn with local shops selling espadrilles, Basque linens and candies. Here, a dynamic team welcomes you with open arms.”
— Marilys, store manager

American Vintage Saint-Jean-De-Luz
26, Rue Léon Gambetta
64500 Saint-Jean-De-Luz

Photos of the Papier guide: Papi aime Mamie Studio (@papi.aime.mamie)

AMV Journal is a space dedicated to encounters, discovery and travel. Every week, explore the musts, portraits and inspirations of American Vintage and its creation studio.