Labourdine house with red and white half-timbering typical of the Basque Country

Behereko Kanbo

Picturesque neighborhood

Located on the banks of the Nive river, this is one of Cambo-les-Bains’ oldest neighborhoods, with some houses dating back to the Middle Ages.

Until the 18th century, a port was built here to enable trade by river. As you stroll through the village, you’ll discover magnificent Labourdine houses, a beautiful pediment, a Roman bridge, a washhouse and fields of Espelette peppers.

Allow around 2 hours to discover this district with our 100% picturesque itinerary.

To discover

Farmer in his field of Espelette peppers

From Rue du Trinquet, take the 80-step rue Xerri Karrika down, cross the station bridge and discover another facet of Cambo-les-Bains.

After crossing the bridge, turn left onto Chemin de Burgaxiloa. On your left, you’ll see the fields of Espelette peppers. Only 10 communes are part of the PDO territory.

Follow the Bas Cambo road, past the public garden and on to the pediment. The flag you see above the wall is called“Ikurrina” in Basque.

Focus on

The Basque flag, “Ikurrina”, was created in 1894 by Bilbao brothers Luis and Sabino Arana. Its colors were not chosen by chance:

  • Red symbolizes the Basque people
  • The green cross of Saint Andrew, the same color as the Biscayan oak tree of Gernika, represents Basque law.
  • The white cross expresses the faith of the Basque people
Pelota game on the Bas Cambo pediment where the flag of the Basque Country is displayed
Door typical of Basque architecture

Stroll through the streets, amidst the many Labourdine houses. Take a look at them and discover another special feature of this architecture: the lorio, a covered space used as a shelter for outdoor work, created by the overhang of the first floor over the first floor. You’ll see a typical example at the corner of Route du Bas Cambo and Route d’Halsou.

Every year at the beginning of August, around Saint Laurent’s Day, the town comes alive for five days as part of its patronal festivities. The Place du Bas-Cambo (Behereko plaza) is transformed into a festive place, with concerts, traditional meals known as “méchoui” (zikiro in Basque) and pelota games.

Continue along the road to Halsou, where an ancient washhouse and Roman bridge await you a little further on.

Bas Cambo is also home to the association Landeia a self-managed collective space where various craftsmen and artists live together. A myriad of disciplines can be found here: ceramics, carpentry, design, graphics, illustration, violin making, woodwork, photography, pottery, scenography, tapestry, stained glass, sculpture on wood or other materials… Working in a dynamic of exchange and sharing of know-how, the collective opens the doors of its workshop at various times of the year, notably for the Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Arts.

View of Cambo-les-Bains from Bas Cambo in the Basque Country

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Image publicité de Bipia, conserverie artisanale de condiments à base de piments d'Espelette