5 spots to discover the hidden Basque Country
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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