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Self-Guided Bike tour San Sebastian and French Basque Country

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San Sebastian
San Sebastian

Discover the best of the Basque Country, between Spain & France by bike with its historic fishing villages and enjoying the region’s rich gastronomy.

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We propose you to discover the best of the Basque Country, between Spain and France, with its historic fishing villages and the incomparable luxury destination of Biarritz. Its ancient, traditional and charming inland Basque villages.  

On this tour we will discover the best of the Basque Country between Spain and France with an incredible combination of the inland and the coast as well as the architectural differences between the two cultures.

This bike tour 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 charming fishing villages that seem straight out of a fairy tale.

The itinerary also includes the beautiful city of San Sebastian for two nights. San Sebastian is a small city but world famous as a destination for gastronomic tourism, as it collects 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 famous “pintxos” give much pleasure to both locals and visitors throughout the year. The beauty of its bay, known as the Pearl of the Bay of Biscay, its location in a natural amphitheater facing the sea and protected by the mountains and its quality of life, have turned it into a first class tourist destination in the last two centuries.

 

Highlights

  • The boat crossing the river to Pasajes San Juan   
  • The boat crossing the border between Spain & France through the Bidasoa River
  • The fortified town of  Hondarribia/ Fuenterrabia
  • The luxury town of Biarritz and its beaches to the north
  • Traditional and inland French Basque Towns ( Ainhoa, Sare, Espelette)
  • The Caves of Sara    
  • The gastronomic cuisine

Itinerary


Day 1: San Sebastian

Accommodation: 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’ or “tapas”in any of the local bars of the area. ‘Pintxo‘ is a ‘Basque-ified’ take on the Spanish word ‘pincho.  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 – Hondarribia
Route: 25 km
Elevation: +550 m
Accommodation: Hotel Jauregui

This morning you will meet with our local partner Miguel in the lobby of your hotel for the bike fitting. He will help with your bikes and give you the maps and documents you need for the week. Leaving from San Sebastian by bike, will take us to the old and charming fishing village of Pasajes San Juan, which we will access by boat. Ascent by road to Jaizkibel Mountain pass (500 meters approx.) Descend to the fortified  town of Hondarribia. Last point before leaving Spain and  crossing the river  Bidasoa  and to reach the Basque land in  France. With stunning views of lush green landscapes will make your way while you are cycling. 

The hotel tonight is a really nice hotel with Bidasoa river views, where the frontier between Spain and France is.

Day 3: Hondarribia – Bayona
Route: 45 km
Elevation: +560 m
Accommodation: Hotel Arceaux

After crossing the Bidasoa river, we take the bike paths next to the beach and you will ride in the coastal road, along the coast, called  “La corniche”, towards the charming town of Saint Juan de Luz. You will visit this typically Basque town.  You will continue along local roads and near  the Basque coast crossing the villages of Guetary, Bidart  reaching the glamour and nice town of Biarritz and finally Bayonne, The Capital of Basque French country.

Bayonne is a town characterized by the medieval style of its streets.

Tonight you will stay at the Hotel Des Arceaux, which is a fantastic base to see many of Bayonne’s attractions such as the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne.

Day 4: Bayona – Bera de Bidasoa
Route: 50 km
Elevation: +630 m
Accommodation: Hotel Churrut

Leaving Bayona  in the morning, after breakfast, we will approch the Adour river , located in the north of the city. We will continue along the bicycle paths that runs parallel to the river until we will reach the point where we will take the inland road passing through the traditional Basque Villages and arriving to the charming villages of Ainhoa and Sare . You will follow the local road and crossing small basque-french villages near to the Pyrenne mountains. The views are incredible with all the green routes you pass through while pedaling towards the final location, passing the point of Lizuniaga downhill to the Navarra Village of Bera de Bidasoa.

Day 5: Bera de Bidasoa – San Sebastián
Route: 40 km
Elevation: +460 m
Accommodation: Hotel Codina

Today we cycle from Bera de Bidasoa to San Sebastián again, the last stage before finishing the trip. You willl take the Bidasoa Greenway  that will take us to the border town of Irun. In this village we will take the path bike  in order to pass through the Villa of Irun. Leaving this town behind, we will pass through Ventas neighborhood, and we will continueing along local road  climbing  The Gurutze pass mountain.  After a small break, downhill to Oiartzuntown and come back to San Sebastián along bike path. 

We will stay for the night in Hotel Codina again, same as the first night here.

Day 6: 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 any of the cities around or extending your trip.

Hotels

Hotel Codina

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.

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Hotel Jauregui

The Sercotel Jauregui is a cozy 3 star hotel located in the center of Hondarribia, very close to the airport of San Sebastián and the architectural features reflect a kind of mixture between Spanish and the French Basque Country characteristics.

Located near the towns of Biarritz, Hendaye and St Jean de Luz. The site, run by its friendly and attentive staff, is ideal for a few days of leisure and tourism. Hondarribia is full of perfectly manicured houses with colorful wooden balconies.

2 minutes from the sea and in an environment in which they are the best places to sample typical Basque cuisine, the Hotel Sercotel Jauregui has 42 rooms and 11 apartments.

Our hotel in Hondarribia is the perfect base for excursions to the French coast or along the spectacular valleys of the Pyrenees of Navarre

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Hotel des Arceaux

In the heart of the historic center of Bayonne, in the pedestrian area, is located the Hôtel des Arceaux, in a perfect location to explore the city or make your business stopovers, hotel in downtown Bayonne.

The Hôtel des Arceaux, a charming 2-star hotel, is ideally located in the city center of Bayonne so that you can easily discover the city. Stroll through the historic district, meet the artisans who bring the city center to life, find yourself in the restaurant district less than 100 meters from our establishment and stroll along the quays to enjoy the sweetness of life in the region. We also advise you to visit the Sainte-Marie de Bayonne Cathedral.

Bayonne is a city rich in history and culture and there are so many places to visit as a museums.

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Hotel Churrut

Set in an 18th-century manor house, this hotel is a 7-minute walk from the city center, 10 km from Le Musée du Gâteau Basque and 16 km from the Larrun rack railway, on the French border.

The Churrut Hotel is a relaxing three star boutique hotel ,which is located In a 18th Century Manor House , in the heart of the old town quarter of Bera, which is a peaceful town surrounded by spectacular country side.

This family- run Hotel was lovingly restored to an 18 bedroom hotel in 2002. The charm and character of the hotel extends to all its bedrooms, every one different, in which it is combined traditional decor with modern facilities.

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What’s included

Included

  • Accommodation in double room with continental breakfast
  • One dinner in the hotel
  • Reception and assistance
  • Luggage transport between each hotel
  • Information Pack with Route Guide and maps

Not Included

  • Any lunch & dinners (one is included)
  • Bicycle
  • Holiday extension

Options

  • Single room supplement. 260.00€
  • Single departure supplement. 270.00€

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Dates

01 Apr to 31 Oct 2023, High season July 1st to Sept. 15th