Basque Pyrenees Walking Holiday

Basque Pyrenees Walking Holiday

Basque Pyrenees Walking Holiday will fascinate you. Verdant, full of flowers in spring, and gold and red colours in autumn. The villages are full of charming country houses and beautiful mansions built by the local aristocrats who sought their fortunes in America. This area preserves the essence and the traditions of the extraordinary Basque culture. An unforgettable trip across the hills, peaks, meadows and forests to reach two of the most beautiful places in Spain: Fuenterrabia and San Sebastian.

Highlights

  • Fascinating basque culture. Charming villages that retain their traditions. Legends of smugglers and witches.
  • Beautiful verdant mountains and spectacular views of both the Pyrenees and the sea.
  • Walk into San Sebastian, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
  • Excelent food. San Sebastian is one of the top international gastronomic cities.

Basque Pyrenees Walking Holiday Overview

DetailDescription
DestinationBasque Spain
Holiday TypeSelf guided walking
Start/FinishBilbao
Duration8 days 7 nights
Grade 3/5 Moderate
Distance Avg 12km per day. (loger distances possible – see itinerary)
SeasonApril – June September – Early November. Best months: April May October

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 Pyrenees Walking Holiday Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in Ziga

Welcome to the pretty Ziga, a small village with nice rural hotels and wonderful views of the Baztan valley. If you are not able to book in Ziga your holiday will start in lively Elizondo, where you should not stroll to enjoy its ancient houses and restaurants. And Elizondo would be the place to start for the hardy walkers who will enjoy a wonderful circular walk on Day 2.

DAY 2: Ziga to Elizondo (13.2 km, 4-5h ↑ 400m ↓ 540m Elizondo circular walks: 11, 15 or 19 km)

Today’s walk starts with a gentle uphill walk to enjoy brilliant views of the Baztan valley, descending later to pretty Irurita, the perfect place to have a coffee and taste some chocolate at the local atelier. The route continues to pretty villages of Gartzain and Aristegui, and the day’s walk ends in lively Elizondo, the capital town of Baztán valley. If you started in Elizondo, instead of in Ziga: enjoy a great circular with views to peaks like Abartan or Auza and visiting the pretty villages of Gartzain and Aristegui.

DAY 3: Elizondo to Erratzu (16.5 km, 6h ↑ 630m ↓ 530m or 12km, 4h ↑ 500m ↓ 420m)

Walk up to the beautiful Beartzun valley heights to descend later to the remote and lonely valley of Iñarbegui, with views to the impressive Auza peak. Walk to pretty gorge and take a short walk to visit the Xorrokin waterfall before continuing to Erratzu, where you will stay. There is an alternative route available for those who prefer an easier day, enjoying lovely views of meadows, farms and hills of the Baztan valley, and a stop in Arizkun, one of the most beautiful villages of the area.

NOTE: Depending on the availability, this stage may end in nearby Arizkun (guesthouse Zilbetinea) or Amaiur (Hotel Palacio Borda).

DAY 4: Erratzu to Etxalar (22 or19 km, 6-7h ↑ 660m ↓ 800m or 16 km, 5h ↑ 400m ↓ 800m)

Walk up to the ridges, visiting pretty Urrasun and Zuaztoi, to join the GR 11 route, which you will follow for 8 km, crossing meadows, farm scenery oaks and beech forest and views for miles. Leave the GR to descend gently to Etxalar, probably the most beautiful village of the whole trip. If you prefer a more gentle day, take a taxi lift (paid locally – € 10) to Otsondo pass and join the GR 11 after a gentle climb. Hardy walkers can also start with a short lift (included) to skip the first 3km.

DAY 5: Etxalar to Bera (15.3 km, 6h ↑ 650m ↓ 750m or 14 km, 5h ↑ 400m ↓ 480m)

Start ascending along spur, first between the oaks and later enjoying views from two valleys, to reach Lizaieta pass, on the border between Spain and France. If you want to harder day, climb up the beautiful Ibantelli peak, and if you prefer gentle walk just keep walking along the GR-11. Descend to lively Bera, where you will stay.

DAY 6: Bera to Fuenterrabia (18 km, 7h ↑ 850 m ↓ 900m or 15 km, 5-6h ↑ 400m ↓ 900m)

Walk up from Bera to the Ibardin pass, where you join the French route GR 10. Enjoy the views until you reach the charming coastal town of Hendaye, to take the boat to Fuenterrabia, without doubt one of the most beautiful places to visit in Spain, also famous for its restaurants and bars

DAY 7: Fuenterrabia to San Sebastian (Choice of 24, 16 or 8 km with ↑ 900, ↑ 500 or ↑ 400m)

Walk up to the Guadalupe sanctuary and then further up to the impressive Jaizkibel coastal ridge, with views for miles for almost 10 kms, to later descend to Pasaia, an authentic sailing and fishing village from the Middle Ages, the ideal place for a coffee or beer stop Take a short boat trip to the other side of the harbor and continue the pleasant coastal walk to beautiful San Sebastian. Congratulations!

DAY 8: Departure from San Sebastian

Departure…or stay in San Sebastian for a few more days if you wish! We highly recommend that you book a second night as it is definitely one the most charming places to visit: its architecture, the beaches, the tapas…NOTE: depending on the season, some hotels may request 2 night minimum stays.

Basque Pyrenees Walking Holiday Prices

Season,April – June,September – Early November. Best months: April, May, October

Price per person (2 people sharing) €775 

Single person (min 2 pax) €980

Solo traveler €1080

June & Sept. high season suppl. per person. €35

Meals pack, per person €90.  (4 dinners). Wine included except in Erratzu-Olagaria)

Extra night in San Sebastian:

April: € 135 double / € 99 single room
May and October: € 155 double / € 125 single room June and September: € 175 double / € 135 single

Included in Basque Pyrenees Walking Holiday 
7 nights in hotels
6 breakfasts
Luggage transport
Tourist and cultural information, route notes, maps and GPS tracks
24 hour telephone support

Meals Pack
Clients can book a pack of 4 dinners. See prices. It is advised that it is the best deal and in some towns it could be the only available option.

Excluded
Boat tickets at Hendaye (€ 2) and Pasaia (€ 1)
Optional taxi lifts: Erratzu to Otsondo pass (€ 10), Bera to Ibardin pass (€ 12) and Hondarribia to Pasaia (€ 5 if booked in advance)

Longer options
One or more nights in San Sebastian (highly recommended)

Your Accommodation

Night 1 (Ziga)
Etxezuria: excellent rural hotel offering nice rooms, garden and surroundings.

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Night 2 (Elizondo)
Hotel Trinkete: comfortable and well located hotel, with friendly Javier in charge
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Night 3 (Zugarramurdi)
Haitzea: rural guesthouse with stunning views. Managed by friendly couple Toni and Birgi
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Night 4 (Etxalar)
Olagaria: excellent and highly rated rural hotel
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Night 5 (Bera)
Churrut: elegant hotel with nice rooms and restaurant
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Night 6 (Fuenterrabia)
Hotel San Nikolas: great location and nice upper rooms with views
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Night 7 (San Sebastian)
Balerdi: very well located pension. Friendly hosts will make you feel at home
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Night 7 (San Sebastian)
Iturriza: good and well located pension, at a quiet street.
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Erratzu (8 nights version)
Etxebeltzea: guesthouse at an impressive XVI century house
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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 and Biarritz

  • From Bilbao: Bus the airpor or town centre to San Sebastian, and take the 16:30h bus to Elizondo

  • From Biarritz Airport:  Catch a 70km long taxi to Elizondo (can be pro-booked)

  • Spend a night in Pamplona and take a bus to Elizondo

From Price pp

€775

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