Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Espelette

Interesting
Espelette
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Interesting
An ancient feudal settlement, Espelette's tortuous streets, lined with red and white Basque houses, stretch over a large area. It is a centre for growing red pimentos (which hang on houses and in kitchens), and is also famous for the little "pottok" horses which live semi-wild in herds on the uninhabited slopes of the mountains. Formerly used in mines, thanks to their docility and small size, these horses are ideal to carry luggage when out trekking.