Basque Coast Walking Holiday

Basque Coast Walking Holiday

Basque Coast Walking HolidayThe Basque coast is wild and steep, full of forests, cliffs, beautiful beaches and stunning estuaries. This jagged landscape has shaped the character of the Basque sailors and fishermen who have lived there for centuries. The coastal towns are charming and have kept a special ambience. Come and enjoy this trip along the coast that combines nature, culture and gastronomy. What else could you ask for?

Basque Coast Walking Holiday Highlights

  • The coastal walks and the inland mountain views from Illuntzar peak
  • Urdaibai´s Biosphere Reserve is the top Basque birdwatching spot and one of its best landscapes
  • Laida and Laga beaches are among the most beautiful in Spain
  • The Basque fishermen villages which preserve their fascinating character and culture: Lekeitio, Ea, Elantxobe and Mundaka
  • Enjoy Bilbao at the end of the week

Basque Coast Walking Holiday Overview

DestinationBasque Coast Spain
Holiday TypeSelf guided Walking
Duration8 days/ 7 Nights / 6 days walking
Grade Moderate.
Distance Varies – long and short walks available each day. See itinerary.
SeasonApril to June. September to Nov.

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Basque Coast Walking Holiday Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival at Lekeitio
Lekeitio is one of the most beautiful towns in the Basque Country. Visit its harbour, church, mansions and enjoy its bars by the sea. Overnight in Lekeitio.

DAY 2: Walk Lekeitio 14 km/700m or 15 km/100m (can be shorter by taking a bus)
Today you can choose between two routes: Walk along the river Lea to Aulestia (15 kms), or climb Illuntzar peak (726 m uphill and 14 kms long) to admire the 360º views. Return to Lekeitio using the excellent line bus service. Overnight in Lekeitio.

DAY 3: Lekeitio to Ea (13.7 km/600m or 8 km/300m if you start in Ispaster)
Start with the ascent of Otoio, rewarded by incredible views of cliffs and remote beaches. Descend to visit a couple of lonely coves and walk along the coast to the charming little coastal town Ea, where you will stay.

DAY 4: Ea to Elantxobe (13 km / 500 m)
Start this stretch enjoying the views along the coast. Visit a lonely remote beach and ascend to pretty Natxitua, the perfect place to take a short rest before walking into the unique town of Elantxobe, an authentic little fishing harbour. It is worth keeping a bit of energy for a short walk to Ogoño cliff and its impressive views of the countryside and the coastline. Overnight in Elantxobe.

DAY 5: Hermitage and beautiful coastline and beaches (15 km / 550 m. Can be shorter with a bus)
After a short lift, start the walk in Akorda, to ascend to San Pedro de Atxarre hermitage, a magic place with probably the best views in the Basque Country: Urdaibai´s estuary, the coast of Mundaka, and also the inland mountains. Descend to Laida beach, take off your shoes and enjoy a walk on the sand. Have a coffee (or a beer and tapas) at Atxerre bar, definitely a moment you will remember. Walk to the next beach, Laga, and climb back up to Elantxobe. Overnight in Elantxobe.

DAY 6: The estuary, birdwatching and Gernika(11 km / 70 m or 15 km / 400 m)
A short taxi lift will take you to the heart of the estuary, a lovely place surrounded by hills and villages. The Urdaibai Birding Centre is worth a stop to visit the exhibition and to watch birds with the aid of a telescope and a friendly expert. Continue the walk to Gernika, not only famous for the Civil War bombing but also for being a historical place for the Basque people and their institutions, offering interesting museums and great restaurants and bars. Take a short train ride to pretty coastal town Mundaka, where you will stay. Option for non birdwatchers: walk to Gernika visiting the beautiful Oma painted forest.

DAY 7: San Juan´s Hermitage (11 km / 400 m or 15 km / 600 m)
Take the train or walk to Bermeo, from where you hike to the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe hermitage, one of the most famous and iconic places in the Basque Country. Enjoy an excellent meal at Eneperi (not included)and take the taxi to Bilbao. Overnight in Bilbao.

DAY 8: Departure from Bilbao
Departure from Bilbao or stay one more night to enjoy this interesting city!

Basque Coast Walking Holiday Dates & Prices

Season: April to June. September to Nov.

​Price per person (2 people sharing) €790

Single supplement (min 2 pax) €306​
Solo traveler €408

June & Sept. high season suppl. per person €25

Extra night in Bilbao:
€127 in Double room
€115 in single room

Included in Basque Coast Walking Holiday 

  • 7 nights in hotels
  • 3 dinners and 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Taxi lifts on days 5, 6 and 7 (San Juan to Bilbao)
  • Tourist and cultural information, route notes, maps and GPS tracks
  • 24h telephone support


  • Bus ticket from Bilbao to Lekeitio (around 4€)
  • Bus tickets from Lekeitio or back at Day´s 2 optional walks (around 1.5€)
  • Train tickets from Gernika to Mundaka or Bermeo (around 1.5€)

Your Accommodation

Nights 1&2 (Lekeitio)
Hotel Zubieta: elegant hotel with great rooms, nice living room, terrace and garden

Night 3 (Ea)
Pension Bekale: modern, confortable rooms and with friendly Ibon at the helm

Nights 4&5 (Elantxobe)
Itsasmin: family managed pension where you will feel like at home

Night 6 (Mundaka)
Atalaya: well located and elegant english style hotel

Night 7 (Bilbao)
Caravan Cinema: highly rated boutique pension in the old town

Other hotels we may use:
Nights 1&2 (Lekeitio)
Hotel Palacio Oxangoiti: ancient palace and well located family run hotel

Night 6 (Mundaka)
Hotel El Puerto: cozy hotel right on the harbour.

Night 7 (Bilbao)
Basque Boutique: nicely decorated pension in the heart of the old town

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

  • International airports: Bilbao

  • How to get to the start point? Bus from Bilbao to Lekeitio, 1:15h journey, departing each hour. We can provide timetables. 

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