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The village was founded at the end of the 12th century by monks, and is a rare example of a bastide in the Basque country. In earlier times it was an important stop on the trade route from Pampelona to Bayonne, and a number of the houses were built as inns, with the mules stabled on the ground floor and the restaurant above on the first floor.

Today it is counted as one of the most beautiful and well-kept villages in the region, showing a remarkable homogeneity in its Basque architecture and decoration, the lintels above the doors often inscribed with the name and date of the first proprietor.


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Things to do in Ainhoa

Cycling circuits (Pyrenees Atlantiques, Labourd and Basse Navarre, Navarre, Pyrenean Trek) Cycling and Mountain Bikes
The Nivelle (Categ 1) Fishing
The Nivelle has a NOKILL section.
Popular stop on national walking routes and generally good walking area Hiking and Snow walking

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Things to see in Ainhoa

14th Century church Churches
Carnival in February; Art and Crafts fair in July and August; Festivals & Fêtes in surrounding villages. Festivals and Fetes
15 km from St Pee sur Nivelle, lake with beaches Lakes
Pelote Basque in town and nearby St Jean de Luz Pelote Basque

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