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 Mundaka (17.5 km / ↑ ↓ 630m or 13 km / ↑ ↓ 600m or 10 km / ↑ ↓ 600m)
Start this stage with a nice coastal path and climb up to pretty Natxitua, the perfect place to take a short rest before walking into the unique town of Elantxobe, an authentic little fishing harbor. Hardy walkers can take a short walk to Ogoño cliff with impressive views. The first 8 km can be skipped by taking a bus or a taxi (paid locally). Head to Laga beach and from there climb up to pretty Akorda and to San Pedro de Atxarre hermitage, to magic place with probably the best views in the Basque Country: Urdaibai’s estuary, the coast of Mundaka, and also the mainland 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. A taxi will pick you at the beach to take you to Mundaka (or drop in in Gernika to explore this interesting town, to later head to Mundaka by train), but if you prefer a boat ride, in June and September you can take the small ferry to cross to the other side of the estuary. Overnight in Mundaka.

DAY 5: Mundaka Bermeo-San Juan-Bakio (13.5km / ↑ ↓ 630 m or 17.5km / ↑ ↓ 800m)
Take the train or walk to Bermeo, to lively and interesting fishing town, from where you hike to the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe hermitage, one of the most famous and iconic places in the Basque Country. After that head to Bakio along a quiet lane with views and enjoy the beach and the surf ambience of this coastal town. Overnight in Bakio.

DAY 6: Bakio to Plencia (23km / ↑ ↓ 980m or 12km / ↑ ↓ 500m)
Hardcore walkers can take the challenge of the full stage, and even climb up to Jata, a hill with amazing views. Most mortals will travel with luggage to the small harbor of Armintza and walk the beautiful cliffs for the last 12 km to Plencia, a beautiful town with a great beach, an estuary and an interesting Gothic age town center.

DAY 7: Plencia to Bilbao (22, 18, 15 or 11km / ↑ ↓ 450m)
Last stage! Walk the cliffs from beach to beach, with views of the whole coast and even of faraway Cantabria, and then, all of a sudden, after the Punta Galea Cape … the Bay of Bilbao! Enjoy this last part with magnificent views and head to the pretty old fishing port of Algorta, to caracterfull place with great bars. You can keep walking along the promenade for one more hour to the end of the Bay and admire the fantastic hanging bridge, built in 1890, or you can take the metro in Algorta and stop to visit the bridge and later head to Bilbao’s town center, where you will stay. The length of this stage is variable: you can walk the full lenght or take a bus at the start and stop in different places.

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) €785

Single supplement (min 2 pax) €1095​
Solo traveler €1175

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

Hotel upgrade in Mundaka (Atalaya) €25 for double/twin. €40 per single.

Extra night in Bilbao

€129 in double room
€115 in single room

Included in Basque Coast Walking Holiday 
7 nights in hotels
6 breakfasts and 1 dinner (in Ea)
Luggage transfers
Taxi lift at the end of Day 4 (in the case clients do not prefer to take the small boat)
Taxi lift at the start of Day 6
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 optional walks (around 1.5 €) in Day 2
Boat tickets (around € 3) for the optional trip in Day 4 in June and September
Train tickets from Gernika to Mundaka or Bermeo (around 1.5 €)
Metro or bus tickets at the start or end of Day 7

Your Accommodation

Nights 1 & 2 (Lekeitio)

Hotel Silken Palacio Uribarri: great hotel by the beach


Night 3 (Ea)

Pension Bekale: modern, comfortable rooms with friendly Ibon at the helm


Night 4 (Mundaka)

Eco Hotel Mundaka: friendly and well located


Night 7 (Bilbao)

Hotel Cosmov: nicely decorated hotel located close to the Guggenheim


Other hotels we may use:

Nights 1 & 2 (Lekeitio)

Hotel Palacio Oxangoiti: ancient palace and well located family run hotel


Nights 1 & 2 (Lekeitio)

Hotel Zubieta: elegant hotel with great rooms, nice living room, terrace and garden


Night 4 (Mundaka – Upgrade)

Atalaya: well located and elegant english style hotel


Night 7 (Bilbao)

Caravan Cinema: Highly rated boutique pension in the old town


Night 7 (Bilbao)

Basque Boutique: nicely decorated pension in the heart of the old town


Night 6 (Plencia)

Hotel Kaian: nice hotel in the harbor


Night 5 (Bakio)

Arimune: small hotel by the beach

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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