Espelette Pepper Festival


Planning a trip to the Pays Basque this Autumn?  This ancient region of France is a gourmet's delight and still maintains distinctive cultural traditions which are unique to this area.  Book your French Basque Coast holiday rental with Alternative Aquitaine, specialists for the region.

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Espelette is a typical, historic Basque town which has a long tradition of growing chilli peppers that dates back to Christopher Columbus .  The peppers are widely grown in this area and are usually harvested in mid-August; the distinctive fruit is then hung along houses to dry, forming vast garlands of red around the town.  The pepper season culminates each year on the last weekend in October at the Espelette Pepper Festival which celebrates the fruit.  During the festival, you can eat the peppers in their many forms as well as enjoying all of the other culturally-distinctive Basque dancing, music and pelota games. 


We have a range of beach houses & apartments and villas with pools in the French Basque Country.

How to find your perfect French Basque Country rental for the Espelette Pepper Festival > go to French Basque Coast holiday rental then select your dates and requirements - it's as easy as that!


  • We are regional specialists - and the Basque Country is one of our most popular destinations
  • We have a range of Basque Country rentals available to suit all budgets and party sizes - many are a short walk to the beach
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