About five kilometres east of Sare in the department of Pyrenees Atlantiques is the village of Ainhoa. Counted as one of "les plus beaux villages de France", the village is a bastide, originally founded in the 12th century by monks to serve as a stopping point on the route to Santiago de Compostella.


The village, dominated by the peaks of the Pyrenees in the background, demonstrates admirably the 17th and 18th century basque architectural style, with the blinding limewashed walls cut into geometric shapes by sections of red or green-painted woodwork.

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