During your stay at the Hotel Laminak Biarritz Arbonne, discover the specialties of the Basque Country to put in your suitcase.
The Laminak hotel, near Bidart, gives you some must-sees to bring back from your stay in the Basque Country.
The region offers a beautiful selection of quality products and crafts. You can find in these numerous products the strong identity of the Basque Country and its well marked traditions.
Our charming hotel at the gates of Biarritz offers you ideas of souvenirs and gifts typical of the region to bring back in your suitcase. During your stay at the Laminak near Arcangues and Bidart,
don’t hesitate to discover these numerous typical products.
What are the specialties to pack for my stay in the Basque Country?
The Basque linen Lartigue 1910
100% local, Lartique 1910 is one of the last Basque linen weavers in the region. It offers a collection made according to a traditional know-how, while being updated to the trends of the moment. Among others you will find a range of linen and decoration for the house.
It is possible to discover this traditional craft directly in their workshops. During the visit, they will reveal some of their manufacturing secrets and at the end you will discover their factory store with all the collections.
Ateliers ZA de Larre Lore
05 59 26 81 81
The authentic Basque beret
Often embellished with a Basque cross or other local symbols, the famous Basque beret was in fact born in Bearn. The shepherds left with their sheep, which provided the wool necessary for the manufacture of this headgear, and entrusted the making of it to their wives.
Legend has it that it was Napoleon III who came up with the name “Basque beret”. On the building site of the Palais in Biarritz, he noticed this strange hat on the heads of the workers.
Originally, the beret was ecru, its natural colour, before becoming black. The idea of a “Basque beret”, which had to be red, came from village festivals, marked by the red and white outfit of the festayre.
Where to find real artisanal berets in the Basque Country:
Après La Pluie
10 Rue Louis-Fortuné Loquin, 6
Le Béret Français
28 Chem. de Trouillet,
The Makila, Basque stick
A true emblem of the Basque Country, the makila is a walking stick that doubles as a weapon belonging to the region’s culture. The real makila is handmade and is of great value. It symbolizes a way of living, thinking and honoring. Each piece is unique and personalized, sometimes with the name, surname and motto of the owner inscribed on the pommel.
In the past, it was usually given to teenagers to mark their entry into the adult world. A sturdy and practical cane, but also a steel point hidden under its engraved pommel, it was first used by pilgrims in case of danger. From its status as a useful and defensive object, the makila has now become an honorary object, offered for an important occasion.
Where to buy Makila sticks :
Villa Gure Kayola,
12 Imp. Ernest Lannebere,
108 Chem. de Xabaltxa,
The Basque knife
The Basque knife was originally created for tobacco farmers in the southwestern region of France, to cut off the damaged and dirty leaves from the base of the plant and to trim the stem. The traditional presence of prominent rosettes on the handle provided a better grip for the knife, which was engulfed by the sap of the tobacco stem.
Where to buy Basque knives :
Les Couteliers Basques
283 Rue Oyhara,
1 Av. de l’Adour,
And on the gourmet side?
The Basque cake
Typical cake of the Basque Country, the Basque cake “etxeko bixkotxa” is traditionally filled with black cherries, or with almond or vanilla rum custard. It appeared in the second half of the 19th century. At that time, it was only eaten on special occasions like Sundays and holidays.
A festival in its honor is organized every year in the small Basque town of Cambo-les-Bains. A museum is also dedicated to it in Sare, one of the most beautiful villages in France.
You will find Basque cake in all the pastry shops and bakeries of the region. But for an immersion in the heart of an artisanal manufacture, very close to our hotel of charm, visit the Mill of Bassilour, place impossible to circumvent on Bidart.
Moulin de Bassilour
The Espelette pepper
If you want to take a little taste of the Basque Country with you, pack some chili in your suitcase! In powder, in purée, in rope or in jelly, you will find the flavor of your vacations at home. Delicately scented, Espelette pepper, without aggressiveness, spices up the flavors without ever masking them.
Born in Mexico, it is not yet clear how this pepper arrived in the Basque Country. The first traces of it can be found in the second half of the 17th century. It quickly spread to many Basque farms where it replaced pepper, which was much more expensive at the time.
While enjoying a walk in one of the most emblematic villages of the Basque country, stop at the Bipertegia store in Espelette. You will find chili in all its forms.
The country ham
When you decide to discover the Basque Country, it is inevitable to discover the flavors of their tables. The ham, traditionally made from the local soil, is one of them. However, over the years, the production of cured or dry-cured ham has been modernized, while preserving the know-how and the gestures.
The Basque Country is well known for its Bayonne ham, which owes its name to the fact that in the past the hams arrived from the farms in the interior, and passed through the Port of Bayonne. Today the Bayonne Ham has become a PGI (Protected Geographical Indication).
For a tasting and to find homemade products, go to Pierre IBAIALDE, authentic artisan canner from Bayonne:
41 Rue des Cordeliers
Ossau-Iraty sheep cheese
Ossau-Iraty, the only cheese made from sheep’s milk in the Pyrenees with a Protected Designation of Origin, is a traditional whole milk cheese from the Basque Country and Béarn. It comes in the form of a generously shaped tomme with a natural rind, whose color varies from orange-yellow to gray depending on the maturing conditions. It is made by farm producers and cheese dairies from raw, pasteurized or thermized milk.
The ewes are mainly fed with pasture and non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) cereals from Bearn and the Basque Country. Ossau-Iraty, in addition to its delicate taste of sheep, has a slight hazelnut flavor.
You will find this typical cheese of the region in all the delicatessens of the Basque Country, or directly in the cheese dairies like the one in Macaye, Onetik
The origins of chocolate making in Bayonne go back to the very beginning of the 17th century, when Spanish and Portuguese Jews, hunted by the Inquisition, settled in the Saint-Esprit district, on the right bank of the Adour.
They introduced the recipe for making chocolate to France and were the first craftsmen in the kingdom to work with cocoa beans. To find out more about the history of chocolate in the Basque Country, click here
Not to be missed during your stay at the Laminak hotel near Biarritz, the chocolate workshop in Bayonne. You will discover, in addition to its history with its museum, how chocolate is made as well as a shop.
L’atelier du chocolat
7 All. de Gibéléou,
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