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 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!