Xareta is an association of four Basque villages – Zugarramurdi, Sare, Ainhoa, and Urdax – which are united by cultural elements such as fantastic caves and Pottok ponies. What makes this connection unusual and interesting is that it straddles a national border – Sare and Ainhoa are French villages (2 of the 148 most beautiful in the country!), while Zugarramurdi and Urdax (Urdazubi) are Spanish.
On my last trip in Spain, a road trip to the North and East of Navarra, we passed through all four – seeing the witch caves of Zugarramurdi, getting lost in Sare, eating some Basque cake in Ainhoa, and taking a tour of the caves of Urdax. I know that there are a number of lovely walks to be taken in the region – I only wish we’d had more time to explore!