• 95 km / 59 miles / 6 days walking
  • Walking time estimated 29 h
  • Total time:
    38 h
  • Grade: moderate difficulty
Detailed Tour

Detailed Tour

Day
1

Hondarribia

Hondarribia, sheltered by Txingudi Bay and Mount Jaizquibel, preserves the features of its former strategic role, for which reason it suffered sieges and wars: a coastal location, fortified old town, castle and fishing quarter, coastal promenade, beach and marina. Having crossed the mouth of the Bidasoa River, the natural border between Spain and France and the entrance to the great Roman port of Oiasso (Irún), the Pyrenees say goodbye as they plunge into the Cantabrian Sea.

Day
2

Saint Jean de Luz - Hondarribia

15 km.


Donibane Lohizune harbour (Saint Jean de Luz in Euskera language) lies at the mouth of the Urdazuri river. Before crossing the Charles De Gaulle bridge, do not forget to visit the church of Saint Jean Baptiste, one of the most beautiful in the Basque Country. Back on the route, the coastal promenade takes us to the port of Ziburu, originally a humble fishing port, where Maurice Ravel, a French composer of romantic inspiration, was born.


At the Sokoa lighthouse, you enjoy an excellent view of the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, framed between the Vauban fortress, the tidal barriers and the lighthouse-hermitage of Saint Barbara at the other end where the people of the sea worship to the saint who protect against lightning and storms.

Day
3

Jaizkibel

22 km.


It is the wildest and loneliest stretch of the entire Basque Coast, however it is precisely the rugged terrain that has allowed this coastal section to remain wild as one of the best kept treasures. The first part of the route is the gentlest, from the Higuer lighthouse. Soon the abrupt reliefs of constant ups and downs appear, contouring the silhouette of the coast. Little by little we look out at awesome sandstone rock cliffs tortured by the erosive action of water.


The Euskera names, impose character on the landscape: Labetxu ravine, Tximistakurratua stone platform, Mitxitxola meadows.


If you do not want to walk the entire section, there are a couple of easier options that combine coastal and mountain footpaths.

Day
4

Pasaia - Donostia

7 km.


Start from the port of Pasajes (Pasaia) the base of the most whaling expeditions to Terranova, overseas trade, and the raids of privateers. Nature carved here an ideal port with calm and sheltered waters, which was used as a refuge since the dawn of navigation. From the La Plata Lighthouse the road goes on west along the oceanic slope of Mount Ulía. Million years ago, the Mesozoic era, opening of the Bay of Biscay, splited the Iberian plate from the European plate, moving away from the current French coast in a left-handed gyre towards the southeast. From Punta Monas, where the ruins of military fortifications abound, the San Sebastian bay opens up to view in an urban setting in the background.

Day
5

Donostia - Zarautz

21 km.


San Sebastián (Donostia) was a small walled city, made up of about twenty motley streets of humble homes and palaces and two doors to enter and exit, which were hermetically closed every night. It was an enterprising and bellicose city, with penetrating odors and constant human bustle. Donostia lived its golden age between 1560 and 1580, when the Basque Country had sixteen fishing factories in Terranova and Labrador for fishing and processing cod and whale.


Advancing along the edge of coves and cliffs following the GR-121 route and from the Agiti cove, the enjoyment begins along paths carpeted with heather and ferns and groves of maritime pine, acacias, willows and birches. We enter Zarautz from the Mollarri viewpoint, the best balcony to contemplate it, and among dunes we reach the promenade.

Day
6

Zarautz - Deba

9 km.


Take the train to Zumaia. Today the slopes overlooking the sea are intended for the maturation of the famous grapes of txakolí wine. Further on the flysch of Zumaia and the Hermitage of San Telmo, scenes of numerous caves and small coves, as Sakoneta appear. In former times of busy nights of smuggling and pilgrims, the coast was heaving with people. From this summit of Santa Catalina we already see the village of Deba.

Day
7

Elantxobe - Guernika - Mundaka

15 km.


An inland walk, among pine forests, farming fields and farmhouses (caseríos), leads us to the San Pedro de Atxarre viewpoint, at the top of the hill, an hermitage hanging 300 meters above the Urdaibai estuary. At our feet a fascinating landscape opens up, a play of fresh and salt water, islets and marshes, sandy beaches and cliffs.


Urdaibai transforms its appearance four times a day, due to the rhythm of the tides, a rich variety of ecosystems that UNESCO declared the estuary and its surroundings a biosphere reserve. The stage ends at the Rentería bridge, and Guernica which passed into the world of art thanks to Picasso, a universal representation of the horrors of war. We end up traveling by train to Mundaka, one of the most beautiful towns on the coast and comfortably enjoying the views of Urdaibai.

Day
8

Bilbao (Farewell)

All marine cultures have the tradition of throwing objects into the sea. These are votive offerings whose reason could be appeasement or expiatory. Approach the edge of the sea before leaving and exercise your right to an offering, secret request, or simply a word of gratitude and mentally throw your object. When rain, wind and sun come together, a frequent scenario on the coast, they will compose before your eyes a beautiful watercolor by another romantic, Turner.

What is included in this picturesque tour?

960
€/pers*

Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days walking.
  • Bed & Breakfst.
  • Baggage transport.
  • 24/7 satelital emergency device (Garmin).
  • UIMLA Mountain leader (English spoken).
  • Insurance.
  • Taxes.

Not included

  • Transport to local start point and return.
  • Dinner and lunch (self catering costs around 300€)
  • Internal transports (public train and bus cost around 15€)

Optional

  • Transportation to starting point from any airport and back.

* 960EUR per person in a double room. 30% deposit at booking. The rest to be paid 30 days prior to departure. Read conditions.