Stage cities

Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle

Stage city for the first time
Common of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
6 300 inhabitants

www.saint-pee-sur-nivelle.fr

The Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle lake welcomes each year the Fête des Ikastola, the schools in which basque language is taught. But in 2018, the common where chistera was invented while witness a record attendance for its first meeting with the Tour de France. It will be all the more welcoming due to the fact that the last visit of the Tour in Basque Country goes back to the 2006 edition and a start in Camboles-Bains heading to Pau where Cyril Dessel captured the yellow jersey.

Espelette

Stage city for the first time
Common of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)
2 100 inhabitants

www.mairie-espelette.fr

Some villages of France conquered a worldwide notoriety thanks to their local specialities. It’s the case of Espelette and its famous hot pepper that accompanies and perfumes the best basque dishes such as axoa, roasted dear, piperade and even dark chocolate. More importantly, the spice cultivated for five centuries has its place in the kitchens of the world’s most famous chefs.

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