La Rhune  (also known as Larrun, meaning good pasture) is a 900-metre conical peak that lies on the French-Spanish border, where the old provinces of Labourd and Navarre meet. The last peak of the Pyrenees holds an important place in Basque culture, as it was home to several stone structures such as dolmens and neoliths, causing it to be considered a sacred place in the Basque tradition. Stories of occults, witches and mythological creatures encircled this peak for many centuries. The mountain was also used as a natural defensive structure during the Peninsula War (1808-1814). Predictably, this mount has become a popular hiking destination, as it offers grand views of the surrounding wilderness. One of the best ways to get to the top of the La Rhune mountain, is to board the La Petit Train de La Rhune (starting from Col de St-Ignace) [+33 559542026 ad/ch €11-17/5-10]- an early 20th century wooden train that slowly chugs its way uphill, allowing you time to soak in the beautiful scenery. The train even allows pets on board.

Serene little Sare (pop 2,300) is located just 4km away from this peak. Apart from being an accommodation base for those looking to make their way to the La Rhune Mountain, Sare also offers some sights of its own. Built around a large backboard, the traditionally Basque village, houses some interesting museums like the Ortillopitz [+33 559859192 ad/ch €7/3] (a traditional Basque farmhouse from the 16th century that provides a calm, rural feel) and the Musée du Gâteau Basque [Haranea Quartier Lehenbiscay, +33 559542209 ad/ch €7/5.50] (a culinary museum that documents the history of traditional Basque pastries).