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France - Basque Country Land & Coast

France - Basque Country Land & Coast

Degree of difficulty - B

A chance to experience the beauty of the Basque Country, explore the Basque coastline while cycling on fantastic  backroads all the way onward to the Pyrenees. 

Starting in Biarritz, cycle down along the coast from this beautiful seaside resort to the Spanish border and pickup the river shuttle to Hondarribia, the coastal Spanish fishing town, surrounded by towering walls and famous for its delicious tapas.
This is your chance to sample Spanish cuisine and history, you will see beautiful stately buildings and also the 16th Century castle of Charles V.

Continuing on , you will travel down toward the French Pyrenees, over rolling green hills and through medieval, picturesque villages like Saint Jean Pied de Port. From there you can take a train ride (optional) along the route and then cycle to the town of Bayonne, famous for its local festival life and their gastronomic food.

This tour is a sensational experience, and you will be taken by the cultural richness of the Basque Country.

Day 1: Biarritz
Arrival at your accommodation in Biarritz.
Biarritz is one of the most famous seaside resorts of France and Europe. Its magnificent ocean beaches and surfing, its thalassotherapy and many golf courses are popular worldwide. At night, its restaurants, bars and squares will delight your senses.

Day 2: Biarritz to Hondarribia 30 km
Today you will discover the wealth of natural spaces that make up the corniche Basque: Valley, ridges, cliffs, mountains and farmland.
Enjoy throughout your journey the visit of many villages in this region: Saint-Jean-de-Luz and its famous bay, Hendaye and the domain Abbadia. Then you will cross over the Bidassoa river and be immersed into the Spanish atmosphere! A river shuttle will drive you from Hendaye to Hondarribia, fortified city with many historical treasures. Fontarabie (Hondarribia) is famous for its tapas and nightlife. It is a coastal fishing town, with colorful Basque houses and many balconies with flowers. Discovering Hondarribia is a real pleasure! Its walled old town is full of stately buildings and was declared a Historic and Artistic Monument. Sat on a hillside, it is surrounded by towering walls of the 16th century, dominated by the castle of Charles V.
Ascent: about 450 meters Descent: about 450 meters

Day 3: Hondarribia to Ainhoa(inland) 35 to 40 km
From Hondarribia you will board again on the river shuttle to rejoin Hendaye and to continue your itinerary to Ascain. You could discover its prestigious roman bridge and its cultural richness. 4 km from here the little train of the Rhune will wait for you to drive you to the highest top of the Basque country. After strolling in the town of Sare, with picturesque streets, you will ride to discover the village of witches. The legend tells us that their spirits still haunt the surroundings… You will end your day in the typical village of Ainhoa dotted with half timbered houses, palombières, meadows populated with sheep.
Between the medieval village and the elegant bastide, 800 years of history are retraced through the streets of Ainhoa. You will discover the church of the village, and then old stele of the cemetery, the pediment, the washhouse… Admire the impressive houses that line the main street and learn everything of their particularities.
Soon Ainhoa will no longer be a secret to you!
Ascent: about 800 meters Descent: about 650 meters

Day 4: Ainhoa to Saint Jean Pied de Port 46 km
After crossing the Pinodieta Pass, you will go through the market town of Espelette known for the trade of small wild horses called “Pottocks” and its famous pepper of Espelette that will truly tempt your taste buds! Then you will go down along the river Nive along small paths that snake to Saint Jean Pied-de-Port, typical village, world famous for its Saint Jacques gateway classified by UNESCO, which, year after year, more and more pilgrims are drawn to it.
Ascent: about 1000 meters Descent: about 1000 meters

Day 5: Saint Jean Pied de Port to Itxassou/Camboles Bains 41 km
This stage will fit everyone. You can either continue your bike ride or if the journey of the day before has exhausted you, take a train that will take you to the next step. (1 departure in the morning and/or early afternoon)
You will have time to explore the surroundings by following an itinerary specially designed for you.
Dinner Included
Ascent: about 1100 meters Descent: about 1200 meters

Day 6: Back to Biarritz 46 km
After the first 15 kilometers you will continue on a cycle track that leads to Bayonne. You will have time to enjoy this city famous for its local festivals and its gastronomic food. Then you can cycle along the coast of Anglet and end your journey in Biarritz.
Ascent: about 400 meters Descent: about 450 meters

Day 7: Departure day
Departure after breakfast

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.


High Season (July – August)
€1040 per person sharing 
€1360 for single occupancy (if travelling with others)

€1490 for solo traveller (if travelling alone)

Low Season (April, May, June, September, October)
€960 per person sharing
€1220 for single occupancy (if travelling with others)
€1350 for solo traveller (if traveling alone

Also 5 night option available, please email request for details!


Tour Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation in 3* hotel/guesthouse incl. breakfast
  • 2 Dinners
  • Luggage transfers daily
  • Route details, notes and maps
  • 24 speed trekking bike rental
  • Return river shuttle transfer - Hendaye to Honarribia
  • 24/7 Assistance phone helpline

€65 E-bike supplement

5 night tours can be organised on this route,  please email the office for further information

Self Guided Tour Information

Tours start daily from April 1st to October 31st

Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Day1 6 Hotel GeorgeVI Day1 6 Hotel GeorgeVI 1 Day1 6 Hotel GeorgeVI 2

Day 1 & 6: Hotel Georges 6


Day2 Hotel Jauregui Day2 Hotel Jauregui1 Day2 Hotel Jauregui2

Day 2: Hotel Jauregui


Day3 Hotel Maison Oppoca Day3 Hotel Maison Oppoca1 Day3 Hotel Maison Oppoca2

Day 3: Hotel Maison Oppoca

Saint-Jean de Port

Day4 Gure Lana Day4 Gure Lana1 Day4 Gure Lana2

Day 4: Guesthouse Gure Lana


Day5 Hotel du Fronton Day5 Hotel du Fronton1 Day5 Hotel du Fronton2

Day 5: Hotel du Fronton


How to get to the start point:

Ryanair fly direct to Biarritz from Dublin. Ryanair.com
For International customers - Air France fly direct to Biarritz also.

Getting from Biarritz to your accommodation >
Taxi from Biarritz airport to first hotel is approx €20
Alternatively, there is an airport shuttle bus to the centre of Biarritz (No 14) every 30 minutes, approx €1 per person

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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