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Pastore Lore - Rural & Environment Festival

October in the Basque Country sees Pastore Lore celebrate the return of the wild pottock ponies from the mountainsides of the Rhune to the Ascain. It also showcases other Basque traditions, from dancing to cider apple pressing.

It's time for the annual transhumance; the pottocks, small, semi-wild ponies are about to come back down into the valley. Join the locals to give them a warm welcome on the Chemin des Carrières (Quarry Path) at the foot of this legendary peak, along with horsemen in traditional costume, dancers and joaldunak - we'll leave you to find out who these "sound carriers" are!

Then it's on to the village: more dancing, eating and drinking side by side with the farmers and shepherds in the covered market hall, sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstrations, apple pressing explained by a local cider master or an introduction to other meadow animals (cows and sheep), local farm produce (honey, cheese...) and crafts from the valley. The day ends on a high note with a kantaldi (choral concert).

If this is your first autumn visit to the Basque Country make the most of this opportunity. The countryside in the autumn light is really worth it, and this festival has something for all the family!

Organiser: Pastore Lore
pastorelore@orange.fr

PRACTICAL INFO 

October 13 2019

PRACTICAL INFO 

October 13 2019