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About Sare

Perched on a hilltop near the Spanish border, Sare is a charming traditional Pays Basque village; a wonderful destination for foodies or heritage enthusiasts eager to delve into the region’s rich culture. There’s a good selection of accommodation on offer, both within the village and in the surrounding countryside. Options are both charming and affordable, and the best places to stay in Sare are often also family-run.

Stroll the streets of the village to admire classic red and green-shuttered Basque houses, some of which date back to the 15th Century. Step into the striking Church of St. Martin, with its frescoed altar, or take a guided tour of Ortillopitz House before joining a game of pelote in the Place du Fronton. Cooking lessons at the Museum of Basque Cake come highly recommended, as do family-friendly visits to the prehistoric Cuevas de Sare. The medieval bridge is an impressive part of a summer ramble, and Larrun Mountain an ideal challenge for hikers.

Many visitors are drawn to this part of France for its terrific food, which you can sample at open-air markets or at the restaurants which line the square. You can also tuck into delectable Pays Basque cuisine at the best places to stay in Sare!

The Best Places to Stay in Sare

For a Central Stay

  • Arraya is an inviting, family-run hotel in the heart of Sare. Think cosy beds topped with floral quilts, pretty blue, white and pink decor, and views across the village. Heritage buffs will be fascinated by the 17th-century house, once a resting place for pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela; foodies can feast on Basque cuisine in the restaurant. Lovely.

For a Rural Escape

  • Olhabidea is charming restaurant-with-rooms set within tranquil gardens. The five rooms feature classic floral interiors and garden views, perfect for restful stays. The highlight is Chef Guillaume's ever-changing menu of Pays Basque dishes, fusing market produce with ingredients grown in the garden.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Biarritz Pays Basque Airport, 40 minutes' drive from Sare. Alternatively, take the TGV south-west from Paris and then drive across from Toulouse or Bordeaux.
  • France is wonderful for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel between May and September for warm weather (with temperatures peaking around 23°C). Spring or autumn visitors can expect cooler temperatures; the proximity to the Atlantic means that showers are frequent.



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Best Hotels in Sare

  • Olhabidea Sare 5 rooms from £74

    Foodies  -  Mouthwatering, simple, regional cuisine using only the finest local ingrediants, most straight from the garden.
    Country Escape  -  A lovely rural property, cosy and quiet, at the foothills of the Pyrenees.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the late-Romanesque church and wander the streets of Sare with it's quaint whitewashed houses.
    Great walks  -  Spend a day at the coast and find stunning rugged walks.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessParking

    A restaurant with rooms that provides wonderful hospitality and food in a beautiful home. Five individually styled, traditional, rooms. Chintz fabrics, beamed ceilings and local art give a quaint feel. A delightful menu with much of the produce coming from the garden. A charming rural stay. See More

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  • Arraya Sare 20 rooms from £83

    Country Escape  -  A gorgeous property, set in one of France's prettiest villages, at the foothills of the Pyrénées.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the storybook pretty hamlet of Ihalar.
    Tennis  -  Offsite courts.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    Delightful, family-run hotel in the centre of lovely Sare. It combines the comfort of a modern hotel with the charm of a quintessentially Basque residence - wooden beams, colourful country fabrics, pretty objets d'art and quaint bed spreads. An excellent restaurant too. A charming country abode. See More

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