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3-day bike trip in the heart of the Basque Country

A self-guided bike trip in the Basque country to discover the best spots of the region during a short break. From Biarritz, you cycle to the Pyrenean foothills and back to the coast through Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

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5.00 / 5
Reference BPB0301
  • Loop trip
  • 3 days
  • Moderate
  • From april to october
  • Minimum age 14 years old
279€ / pers.
  • Itinerary
  • This self-guided bike trip takes you across the Basque country during 3 days on an ebike (or touring bike if your legs are strong enough). You ride on low-traffic roads or cycle paths. On the way, you will visit the traditional town of Bayonne, the Arnaga villa which belonged to the family of writer Edmond Rostand, the nice villages of Espelette or Sare and finally, you will be biking along the Basque coast from Saint-Jean-de-Luz to Biarritz on the Velodyssey cycle route. You will be amazed by the variety of landscapes, the beauty of the villages and the taste of the food. This tour will take you along the best places of the Basque country by bike, an experience you shouldn’t forget.

    Day 1

     
     

    Biarritz - Cambo-les-Bains

    Altitude
    ±195m
    Bike
    36km
    E-bike (touring bike available)
    On this first riding day, you leave behind the luxury hotels and wonderful houses of Biarritz to follow the coastline and the Adour river towards Bayonne. It is worth a break to admire its nice colourful houses, enter the cathedral and sense the atmosphere of the historic town. Then, you enter the Basque hinterland and cycle along the Nive river banks to the village of Ustaritz.

    You cycle on small country roads to reach the spa town of Cambo-les-Bains. Do not miss to visit the beautiful Villa Arnaga, house of the French writer Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac.

    Day 2

     
     

    Cambo-les-Bains - Sare

    Altitude
    ±645m
    Bike
    35km
    E-bike (touring bike available)
    You leave Cambo-les-Bains to reach Itxassou, then the charming village of Espelette where dried peppers are hanging in front of the facades. On your way, do not hesitate to make a short break and buy some regional products in the local farms. After crossing the Pinodieta pass, you reach Ainhoa ranked among the most beautiful villages of France.

    From there, you are not so far from the French-Spanish border. Pass the old customs’ office before cycling on the Spanish roads. You may make a stop in the beautiful village of Zugarramurdi, well-known for its caves and its "Witches’ museum". Finally, your arrive in the traditional village of Sare, also ranked among the most beautiful villages of France. You can make a detour of 8km to visit the impressive caves of Sare if you want.

    Day 3

     
     

    Sare - Biarritz

    Altitude
    ±365m
    Bike
    32km
    E-bike (touring bike available)
    You leave Sare and cross the Saint-Ignace pass. Take the "Petit Train de La Rhune’’ and discover the breathtaking views at the summit of La Rhune. This authentic vintage rack railway train dating from 1924 will take you on a 35-minute ride, up to 905 meter high, where you will enjoy one of the loveliest panoramic views on the French and Spanish Atlantic coast and the peaks of the Pyrenees.

    A few pedal strokes further, you reach Saint-Jean-de-Luz and its sumptuous houses built in the neo-Basque style. Your cycle itinerary follows the "Vélodyssée" along the Atlantic coast, its beaches, its cliffs and waves loved by surfers. On your way discover the town of Guéthary, famous for its sumptuous villas. Finally, you come back to Biarritz and enjoy its relaxed atmosphere in the evening.
  • Accommodation
  • Category A

    You stay in hotels with **/*** standards offering all the necessary comfort after a day outdoors. These family hotels welcome you warmly. The breakfast is included.
    * Example of the type of accommodation
  • Bikes, luggage and documents
  • Bikes

    On your arrival day, we provide you with:

    • an electric bike adjusted to your size
    • equipped : front rack pack with an integrated file compartment, saddlebag, helmet (on demand), repairing toolkit with patches etc.



    Luggage


    For this trip, bikes are equipped with 2 waterproof saddle bags with a capacity of 10 to 20L each to transport your luggage. Do not forget to put your items in a soft travel bag to be able that you can roll it up in your saddle bags.

    For more comfort, you can choose to add luggage transport in your booking:
    (see rate in "Prices")

    • We transport your luggage from one accommodation to the next using a private vehicle.
    • Your luggage is directly delivered in your accommodation before you arrive.
    • We provide a saddlebag for the things you shall need during the day.(included in your bike rental)

    Our word of advice : as we know from experience, we strongly recommend you to avoid wearing a backpack during your cycling trip.

    GPS tracks


    For this trip, we also provide the GPS tracks on demand in the .gpx format at no extra cost.



    Travel documents

    For this short trip your travel documents will be sent electronically.

    A cycling holiday is the best way to explore a region and discover its culture, landscapes and local traditions.

    Your tour is self-guided to give you the freedom to ride at your own pace. You will be provided all the information you need to enjoy peacefully the itinerary and its interesting sites.
    You will have in your travel documents :
    • a detailed map (A4 format) of the itinerary that we drew at the easiest scale to follow for a bicycle rider
    • a step-by-step description of the itinerary giving the direction to follow at each intersection
    • a tourist leaflet containing a brief presentation and useful practical information (opening time, price, contact) about the points of interest along the way

    Example of a map and a step-by-step description


  • Practical information
  • To get to departure point :

    • By plane: flight to Biarritz.
    • By train: Direct TGV (fast trains) from Paris Montparnasse. The duration of the trip is about 4h10. Then, take a bus to reach the city center (20-25min). To plan your trip, www.raileurope.com.


    Parking:

    It is very difficult to park in downtown Biarritz, especially in high season. If you wish, you can park your car in the secure car park at Biarritz SNCF station (~ 4km from the city center). The price is 45€/7days. You must then, take the bus to reach the city center (20-25min).

    Otherwise, you can also park in Anglet (~4km from Biarritz). Parking is usually much easier. Our bike partner has a shop in Anglet, so you can pick up your bikes directly and cycle to Biarritz (30min).


    Meeting time:

    You pick up your bikes in the morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. We recommend you to arrive at around 10am to enjoy your day fully without rushing and be able to do the visits on the way.

    If you chose luggage transport, you must arrive before 10am to drop off your luggage. Bikes pick up point and luggage drop off point are located in the city center and will be given in your travel documents.


  • Reviews
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    2 bike travelers reviews 5.00 / 5

    “ Pays basque (3 jours) - 20 juillet 2018 ”

    On the 2018-07-22 by Nelly
    Magnifique région à découvrir en vélo, paysages agréables et variés entre océan et petite montagne ( en vélo électrique c’est impeccable car c’est quand même un peu vallonné), découvertes culinaires locales dans les petits villages. Séjour formidable !

    “ Un goût de reviens-y ”

    On the 2018-07-18 by Véro
    3 jours à vélo qui donnent envie de revenir découvrir le Pays Basque. L'itinéraire, entre océan et montagne, est bien choisi, malgré quelques petites portions sur routes circulantes et/ou zones artisanales avec peu d'intérêt. Hébergement au top, qui permet de découvrir les spécialités locales, tant culturelles que culinaires.
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