This biking trip is a great way to enjoy the countryside and the coast of the Basque Country. Enjoy a ride by the sea, discovering the wonderful beaches, enjoying beautiful landscapes and visiting the lovely fishing villages that seem directly brought out from a book story.
The itinerary also includes the two most exciting cities of this region: San Sebastian and Bilbao. San Sebastian is a small city but world famous as a food tourism destination, since it’s collected more Michelin stars per square meter of its territory than anywhere else in the world. It is also the birthplace of the “new Basque cuisine” movement. The quality of its ingredients and its world famous “pintxos” give much pleasure to both local people and visitors all year round. The beauty of its Bay, known as the Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea, its situation in a natural amphitheater facing the sea and protected by mountains and its quality of life have turned it during the past two centuries into a world-class tourist destination.
Bilbao, capital of the province of Bizkaia, is one of the main economic and cultural hubs in northern Spain, and has gained international recognition as an architectural point of reference. Certainly, the Guggenheim Museum has acted as its main calling card. But Bilbao has plenty of other interesting sites to offer, in and around the city. And its strategic location makes it an ideal port of entry to other parts of the northern Iberian Peninsula, and to the southwest of France.
Day 1: San Sebastian
Accomodation: Hotel Codina
Arrival in San Sebastian today is at leisure. Take the evening to explore the city centre and the spectacular shell-shaped beach of La Concha, which is just minutes walking distance from your hotel. We recommend you stroll around and try the famous ‘pintxos’ in any of the local bars of the area. ‘Pintxo‘ is a ‘Basque-ified’ take on the Spanish word ‘pincho’, which itself comes from the verb ‘pinchar’, which is ‘to pierce’. They are small finger foods served at bars and taverns throughout the Basque Country. Their are the backbone of the Basque food culture.
Day 2: San Sebastian – Zumaia
Route: 35 km
Elevation: +650 m
Accomodation: Hotel Flysch
This morning you will meet with our local partner Miguel in the lobby of your hotel. He will be there to fit your bikes and give you the maps and documents you need for the week. Leaving from San Sebastian by bike you will start to climb out of the city into the rich Basque countryside directly surrounding it. With stunning views of lush green landscapes and the Bay of Biscay you will make your way along the coast passing through the famous surfing town of Zarautz and the charming fishing port of Getaria, before arriving in your final destination, the town of Zumaia.
Your hotel tonight boasts fabulous ocean views and has a relaxing spa, where you are invited to use the circuit to loosen up the muscles after your first day in the saddle.
Day 3: Zumaia – Lekeitio
Route: 38 km
Elevation: +600 m
Accomodation: Hotel Silken Palacio Uribarren
From the seaside town of Zumaia, you will make your way inland at the start of the ride before returning to the coast and passing through the pretty fishing village of Ondarroa and onto your final destination, another charming fishing port, the town of Lekeitio.
Day 4: Lekeitio – Mundaka
Route: 46 km
Elevation: +780 m
Accomodation: Hotel Atalaya
From Lekeitio today’s ride heads inland until you reach the Bay of Guernica and from there you follow the river Mundaka to Guernica, historical capital of Biscay and infamous for Picassos painting. Following a stop in Guernica, you continue along the other side of the Mundaka river until you reach the town istelf, where you will spend the night.
Day 5: Mundaka – Plentzia
Route: 38 km
Elevation: +830 m
Accomodation: Hotel Bahia
Today we cycle from Mundaka to the fishermens town of Bermeo, where we recommend a short stop to visit the town. Your biking route then continues along rolling roads with seaviews and a great glimpse of the beautiful island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe before arriving to Bakio, where we recommend a stop to the Txacoli Museum. Txakoli or Chacolí is a slightly sparkling, very dry white wine with low alcohol produced in the North of Spain. (Entrance ticket and wine tasting is included in tour price).
You will then get to your destination, the town of Plentzia and your beautifully located and charming hotel right by the fishing port.
Day 6: Plentzia – Bilbao
Route: 28 km
Elevation: +240 m
Accomodation: Hotel Hesperia Bilbao
Your last ride of the week takes you all the way into the city of Bilbao, which is the largest city in the province. After leaving the coastline, you will arrive into the city itself on a mix of roads and biking paths, which will bring you directly into the heart of the city along the river where the imposing image of Frank Gehry’s mindblowing architecture will greet you at the Guggenheim Museum,
Take the afternoon to this examine this impressive structure and then go for an evening stoll through the city’s old quarter for a final farewell “txakoli” white wine.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast, you will bid farwell to your bike and the beautiful Basque Countryside. Get in touch with us if you are interested in spending some extra nights in Bilbao or extending your trip to the beautiful green city of Vitoria.
The Codina Hotel is located 300 metres from Ondarreta Beach, in San Sebastián.
It is a 3-star hotel designed to offer you a pleasant stay in the city. Remodelled in 2006, the building is modern and welcoming. The Sercotel Codina Hotel offers 65 rooms equipped with all the amenities, including free WiFi Internet. Because of its location and facilities, this hotel is one the best accommodation option for your visit to this famous city.
An unrepeatable experience. Unbeatable views, only metres from the authentic Zumaia Flysch.
The Hotel Flysch is a newly built construction designed to ensure that visitors enjoy a restful and comfortable experience. You’ll find us in Zumaia, directly above the famous Flysch (making our location a privileged spot) and only a moment’s walk from the San Telmo hermitage.
Hotel Silken Palacio Uribarren
The Silken Palacio Uribarren is in an unbeatable location with superb views of the sea, the slopes of Mount Lumentza and Mount Otoio.
This hotel in Lekeitio overlooks Isuntza beach, close to Santa María de la Asunción Basilica and beside the harbour, one of the most popular areas for eating pintxos. It is within easy walking distance of the harbour wall which offers spectacular views of the sea. All rooms have a free, high-speed Wi-Fi connection, satellite TV with international channels, USB chargers, automatic doors with proximity sensors, a mini-bar and a safe. Also, you will find a salt water swimming pool, perfect for relaxing.
The Hotel Atalaya, built in 1911, is housed in a listed building of architectural interest.
This hotel stands just a few metres from the sea and the famous Mundaka surfing zone. Beautifully decorated in a mix of old and new and with spacious rooms and a peaceful terrace for breakfast, this is a delightful guesthouse in Mundaka and the ideal place to rest your head for the night.
Hotel Boutique Bahía de Plentzia is brand new but it keeps the essence of the antique key building that was some years ago in Plentzia village.
Located in an amazing place, next to Plentzia river and surrounded of nature and beaches. Hotel Boutique Bahía de Plentzia is the right place to visit Basque Country and to get involved in our culture and gastronomy.
Hotel NH Hesperia Zubialde
Guests appreciate the calm, comfortable facilities and high-quality services in a fully-renovated building that has held on to its traditional charm.