Nestled at the foot of the mountains, barely twenty minutes from the Basque coast, the village of Espelette has preserved, over time, all its authenticity with its beautiful houses, its recently restored castle, its church, its washhouses, etc. Known for its chili pepper,
Espelette is a typical village of the Basque Country with its houses with red or green shutters and its historical alleys. During your stay in camping, mobil-home for rent or camping-car or caravan, Espelette remains a village not to be missed during your tourist stay at Pays-Basque.
camping Espelette Recognized AOC – AOP, Espelette chilli is grown in only ten municipalities. A noble and rare product, it is the only chilli in France produced according to strict specifications guaranteeing its quality and typicity, particularly with regard to origin, link to the land and production methods that respect the product. The first flowers of the peppers appear in June and the first fruits three weeks later. In mid-August, the chilli are picked and dried on the facades of the houses. Every year in the autumn, on the last weekend of October, the village of Espelette celebrates its spice. Indeed, the Espelette chilli festival was born in 1968. This small condiment, known at the time mainly around the village, already had its place in the local cuisine. Over the years, it has reached a wider audience.
The Espelette chilli festival is the most convivial in the Basque Country. During the festival, you can of course buy chillies or derivatives such as Espelette chilli powder, but also other regional products. Basque dance shows, traditional music concerts, a mass, bandas parades, pelota games, etc. are organized during this festive weekend.
At the entrance to the village of Espelette,
Antton Chocolatier welcomes you to its beautiful house. Master chocolate maker Antton, rich in his Basque roots, has been cultivating the taste of fine and authentic chocolate since 1993. It honours the most famous of the Basque spices in a subtle range with warm notes. Master chocolate maker Antton likes to reveal all the rich flavours of Espelette chilli and offers you a variety of spicy chocolates, from the sweetest to the most spirited, it’s up to you to choose your own!
For more information on Espelette : http://www.espelette.fr/.