A film location manager with a script which says “They meet in an idyllic French mountainside village” would look once at Sare and know their work was done. A small but amazing and lovingly looked-after place, its ratio of great restaurants per metre is very high, and it offers one of the best seats in the house when it comes to views of the Pyrenees. It also delivers its rich Basque history in an enlightening and entertaining way, especially in the very well-maintained little town hall, whose museum’s exhibits of the traditional Basque ball game ‘pelota’ are well worth seeing.