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Things to do in Ainhoa

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The top 9 attractions in Ainhoa

Villages in Ainhoa
Ainhoa
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Ainhoa is another village, along with Sara, that is known to be the most beautiful. At Hotel Ithurria you can eat gourmet food and it's a place to go at least once. A small town, quiet and beautiful to see. La mason Oppoca is one of the places to sleep with bright rooms like at Hotel Ithurria.
Churches in Ainhoa
Our Lady of the Assumption Church
The church has undergone several modifications over the years. It is noteworthy that the cemetery is adjacent to it, where we find the typical undiscovered trails. Inside are the wooden galleries that are typically always present in Basque areas. The bell tower, in an octagonal shape, dates back to 1823.
Churches in Ainhoa
Our Lady of Arantzazu Chapel
To reach this small chapel, head to Calvary and climb a steep slope with 13 white crosses. The walk is suitable for children and strollers, but exhausting. Although the chapel is not visible from the village center, it is easy to locate. All you have to do is look up and see the three massive crosses. When you arrive, you will also see the chapel just a few metres away from them. You can go by car, but if you're not scared of a little exercise I strongly suggest you walk. The views are beautiful. The Shrine of Our Lady of Ainhoa ​​(which is the focus of a pilgramage on Whit Monday).
Viewpoints in Ainhoa
The Tres Cruces Collado
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Three huge white crosses visible from the center of town stand on top of a hill. To access them you must go to Calvary, climbing a steep slope with 13 white crosses. The walk is suitable for children and strollers, but exhausting as the slope is steep. Once at the top, next to the chapel of Arantzazu (whose pilgrimage takes place on Whit Monday), you will find the stunning view of three crosses with Christ and two thieves hanging from them. The view from here is thought to be one of the most beautiful in Lapurdi (one of the regions of the Basque Country).
Cemeteries in Ainhoa
Ainhoa Cemetery
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The cemetery around the church features Basque funerary art from the (XVI, XVII, XVIII) centuries and standard polished granite monuments of the 1960s. For some years, a current was drawn, and wakes reappeared which lead to a different analysis. These trails feature symbols or Christian symbols such as crosses, which are typical of traditional Basque cemeteries.
Tennis Court in Ainhoa
Frontón of Ainhoa
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In the middle of a small French Basque village, ranked one of the most beautiful in France, it was formerly the castle of a fortified town, of which nothing remains. Ball is one of the area's more established sports, of which there are different ways to play, like hand ball, basket ball, and leather glove. And there's no celebration where ball games and other sports aren't present, like aizkolaris (in which a log is cut with an ax), harrijasotzaile (stone lifting), and sokatira (rope pulling competition). It's in the French Basque area where there are many single-wall handball courts.
Hiking in Ainhoa
Tourist Information in Ainhoa
Streets in Ainhoa