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Coordinates: 43¬į20‚Ä≤29‚Ä≥N 1¬į26‚Ä≤47‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ43.34139¬įN 1.44639¬įWÔĽŅ / 43.34139; -1.44639

Commune of Espelette

Espelette Eglise.jpg
Espelette is located in France
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Espelette
Intercommunality Errobi
Mayor Florence Gracie
Elevation 33‚Äď749 m (110‚Äď2,460 ft)
(avg. 77 m/250 ft)
Land area1 26.85 km2 (10.37 sq mi)
Population2 1,987  (2006)
 - Density 74 /km2 (190 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64213/ 64250
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Espelette (Basque: Ezpeleta) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France.

It lies in the traditional Basque province of Labourd.



The town is attractive with traditional Labourd houses and a castle. The protected sixteenth century church, Saint-Etienne, has a Baroque altarpiece and its graveyard has many traditional Basque discoidal tombstones. There is also the grave of local woman Agnés Souret, the first woman chosen as 'the most beautiful woman in France'.

Red peppers

Espelette is known for its dried red peppers, used whole or ground to a hot powder, used in the production of Bayonne ham. The peppers are designated as Appellation d'Origine Contr√īl√©e and are hung to dry outside many of the houses and shops in the village during the summer. The peppers are sold in the town's Wednesday covered market and are honoured in a festival on the last Sunday in October.

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Espelette is a commune of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département in the southwestern part of France.


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