BASQUE COUNTRY FROM SAN SEBASTIÁN TO BILBAO.

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BASQUE COUNTRY FROM SAN SEBASTIÁN TO BILBAO.

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  • 11
    Cycling
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    Moderate
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    Total distance 180km
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    Small roads 15%
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    3rd Category roads 30%
  • 11
    Minor roads 55%
  • Duration 6 nights, 7 days.
  • Dates - from April to June & September to November.

An amazing cycling tour through the Basque Country. Discover the beauty of this stunning coastal line and its more emblematic cities such as San Sebastián, Getaria, Lekeitio or Bilbao.

Itinerary

Day 1. San Sebastián

Arrival to the stunning city of San Sebastián with its sandy beaches and its historical buildings. Taste the famous «pintxos» in the old town and wander around this beautiful city.

This city, also known as Donostia, lies along a white sandy bay between the Urgull and Igeldo hills.

Fishermen’s houses, a smart suburb and modern districts make it one of the most attractive cities on the Cantabrian coast. The Museum of San Telmo, the Peine del Viento (the Wind Comb) and the Kursaal are examples of how the city brings together modern and traditional features.Meanwhile, the province of Guipuzcoa, of which San Sebastián is the capital, blends sea and mountains, offering the traveller landscape, sports and cuisine, as well as interesting monuments. Basque cuisine has a recognised international prestige.

Day 2. San Sebastián to Getaria

Getaria has traditionally been a village of fishermen and great sailors such as Juan Sebastián Elcano, the first man to circumnavigate the world.

For hundreds of years whaling was of great importance to the town’s economy. In fact, the whale has historically been the main motive for its coat-of-arms.

Here you cannot miss a visit to the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, where you will be introduced to the work of the genius, its relevance in the history of fashion and design. You will also find highly attractive its natural environment made up of rural neighbourhoods. One of the things that will surprise you the most about the place is to be able to observe the spectacular eroded slopes that constitute the geological phenomenon known as flysch. And that it has been recently designated as a UNESCO World Geopark.

Getaria is a walled medieval town sitting on a hillside. The silhouette of Mount San Antón, better known as «the Mouse of Getaria», draws special attention and comes out into the sea. Located in the Urola Kosta region, in the historical territory of Gipuzkoa, the town famous as it is the birthplace of a sailor and a couturier.

Day 3. Getaria to Lekeitio

Lekeitio is a town located in a small estuary surrounded by mountains and protected by an island which can be reached on foot twice a day. Lekeitio has always been and still is mostly about the sea and that means fishing, trade, culture, identity and a very interesting history. Whalers, pirates, merchants, artisans, explorers, dock workers, fishermen and even an Austro-Hungarian empress have walked its streets. While they are no longer here, they have left their mark and this can be seen when taking a stroll through its old town, the area around the wall or the docks. They had their moment and they took advantage of it. Now it’s your turn, enjoy it!

Day 4. Lekeitio to Mundaka

​Mundaka is a pleasant, quiet seaside town in the province of Bizkaia, located in the Busturialdea-Urdaibai area, on the left bank of the estuary which bears the same name.
 
Mundaka has always been clodely associated with the sea and open to the world. For centuries its people have played leading roles in the Basque Country’s history of sailing and fishing.
 
Located in th Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, an area of privileged natural surroundings, Mundaka has managed to mantain its culture, its traditions and its language: Basque. It has an allround heritage for friends and visitors to enjoy and share.
 
Any time of the year is a good one to visit Mundaka. Summer is a lively, busy season as many people are drawn to the town by its great atmosphere and beauty. Surf lovers from all over the world also come to enjoy what is considered one of Europe’s beste left hand wave.

Day 5. Mundaka to Plentzia

The ria and the beach in the coastal town of Plentzia are the key figures and tourist attractions. This cosy and pleasant town is located 25 kilometres from Bilbao, on a beautiful bay coming out onto the sea that shares with the neighbouring Gorliz.

Plentzia was founded in 1299 and still maintains its historical legacy. Its picturesque and ancient old quarter of medieval origin combines in a brilliant way the popular sea architecture with more elaborated buildings sort of palace style. It is worth disappearing into the narrow streets and admiring authentic gems such as the church of Santa María Magdalena, with a remarkable 16th century tower. We should also highlight the former Town Hall that is home to the Plazentia Butrón Museum, where we will find elements from the history of the coastal town.

In past times, as many villages, a wall surrounded Plentzia. Nowadays the Arco de Santiago arch is the only remains. The Barri Tower, tower house of Butrón family is also worth mentioning, characterised by the coat of arms carved on the facade.

Day 6. Plentzia to Bilbao

Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum as a great international symbol, is the gateway to the Basque cultural universe. It is a city that is an example of urban transformation at a global level and has maintained a number of hallmarks that make it singular and unique.

Day 7. End of the trip

Price List

  • Price per person in double room1255
  • Single room supplement325
  • Solo traveler supplement495
  • Trekking bike rental120
  • Ebike rental170

Should you like to spend extra nights in one of the locations, please let us know in your inquiry and we will give you a quote

PRICE INCLUDED

  • 6 Nights and 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Roadbooks and maps
  • GPS Tracks
  • 24/7 emergency phone assistance
  • Activity insurance

OPTIONAL

  • Arrival transfer Bilbao to San Sebastián

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