5 good reasons to enjoy Indian summer in the Basque Country

It looks like Indian summer has arrived in the Basque Country. Here are 5 ideas to make you want to extend your summer with us. And as the icing on the (Basque) cake, there are still plenty of events to come, of which here’s a glimpse.

Heritage Days in the Basque Country

A cultural event not to be missed in the Basque Country, the European Heritage Days take place every year on the third weekend in September. Push open the doors of museums, castles and dwellings and discover the hidden secrets of the Basque Country for a timeless journey. Come and visit the Chapelle Impériale in Biarritz, the Château d’Urtubie in Urrugne, the citadel of Saint Jean Pied de Port, the Château-Observatoire in Hendaye or the Château de Haitze in Ustaritz.

The Biarritz Latin America Festival in Biarritz

The Latin America Festival in Biarritz is a meeting point for Europe and Latin America. pays tribute to the creative movement that drives this region of the world. The program includes over 70 films (shorts and features, fiction, documentaries…), as well as music, literature, painting and sculpture. Every evening, there are free concerts (Latin rock, salsa, tango, marengo…) from September 26 to October 2. Further information www.festivaldebiarritz.com/

The Basque Cake Festival in Cambo-les-Bains

On the first weekend in October, Cambo-les-Bains celebrates the Basque cake. This colorful festival has become a not-to-be-missed event in the Basque Country. You can taste and buy a Basque cake. Cherry or cream, the choice is yours! On the program: competition for the best Basque cake, local market, farm produce and arts and crafts, concerts, singing, dancing and bandas, meals under the big top… This year, for the first time, the Basque Cake Festival will take place over two days: Saturday October 1 and Sunday October 2. Full program at www.lafetedugateaubasque.com

The Saint-Jean-de-Luz International Film Festival

In October, the Saint-Jean-de-Luz International Film Festival (FIF) is back in full force after two complicated years, Covid obliged. On the bill: 35 films to discover in previews, short and feature-length films judged by a professional jury, as well as masterclasses, professional meetings, children’s screenings and concerts. The 2022 edition of the International Film Festival is scheduled from October 3 to 9 (Le select cinema). Full program at www.fifsaintjeandeluz.com.

Chilli festival in Espelette

Every year, on the last weekend of October, Espelette hosts one of the Basque Country’s finest festivals: the Fête du piment! For the occasion, all Espelettards growers present their produce and restaurateurs offer exceptional dishes made exclusively with peppers. The program includes a large gastronomic fair, Basque-language mass with the blessing of chillies, a procession and ceremony to induct brotherhoods, bandas concerts, Basque strength games, a bare-handed pelota tournament and country banquets.

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