Espellete is basically 20 houses of which two are hotels, two are restaurant, and the rest are little stores that sell what the village is famous for: Piment d'Espellette!
The village is about 40 minutes by car from Biarritz which means if you don't have a car, you are pretty much out of luck - unless ... your parents happen to be on vacation in the same region and happily agree to be your chauffeur!-->
Espellette is cute, but there really isn't a whole lot to do besides shop for piment. The question of course is: where do you buy it? The answer is: I don't know. Maybe it helps to imagine that all piment is probably manufactured in the same place and then filled into glasses and jars of individual vendors, so all you have to do is choose your favorite label! At least this soothing fantasy helped me overcome my FOFOMO (Foodie fear of missing out) and just choose whichever! The piment is quite spicy, so I have to be gentle when using it in my kitchen.
Though I would always prefer the ocean front, this little excursion to the Basque backcountry was really worth it, also for the tiny Brocante we went to, the breakfast we had at this totally unpretentious, super cheap brasserie (that turned out to serve home made yoghurt for breakfast?!? That would never happen in Germany *liftingFranceevenhigheronmyglorifyingpedestal*) and the trip to the ocean (oops) in the afternoon.
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