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    Hiking, Gastronomy and Culture

    Hiking, Gastronomy and Culture

    Hiking, Gastronomy and Culture in the Basque Country

    Hiking in Basque Country offer you an unforgettable experience in one of the most traditional places in Northern Spain.

    The Basque Country is a land with spectacular nature. It is home to many nature parks declared biosphere reserves, astounding beaches and beautiful coastal destinations. Some places such as San Sebastian, Zarautz, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Guetxo.

    It has one of the world’s best cuisines, where you cantaste its wines and famous “pintxos”. They are small dishes of haute cuisine offered in bars and many restaurants, created by some of the best chefs of modern Spanish cuisine.

    A place where architecture and culture go hand in hand, with such extravagant buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum.Tthe spectacular Suspension Bridge (UNESCO World Heritage Site). And breath-taking castles and palaces, as well as their ancestral culture. All of them making the Basque Country the perfect place for an authentic experience where you can enjoy nature, gastronomy and culture.

    We aim to provide the most authentic, spectacular and responsible hiking in the Basque Country. Every route we offer includes some incredible landscapes and a unique environment. With our expert mountain guide, we will make sure to accompany you at all times throughout the Trek. While we show you and advise you on the best gastronomic and cultural places of interest.

    DAY 1

    Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Bilbao. Induction at the hotel before dinner.
    Typical Basque dinner and relaxation.

    DAY 2

    GORLIZ – ARMINTZA COSTAL ROUTE + BOAT TRIP + GASTRONOMIC TRAIL

    Can you imagine a route that takes you on a passage through history and shows you beautiful views?. Not to mention the mountain! Today, you begin your hiking in Basque Country.

    An impressive route along the Basque coast for all abilities, a 3-hour walk with spectacular sea views, towering cliffs and a fairy tale island where Game of Thrones was filmed.

    On the way to the beautiful shing village of Armintza, we will visit the bunkers of Cabo Villano. This is a place built for military defence during the Franco era. A magical place which will inspire even the most disbelieving of visitors.

    Upon our arrival to Armintza, we will take a stroll through its idyllic shingport, tasting some delicious “pintxos” in the bars.

    After lunch we will return to Plentzia by bus and catch a boat. In Plentzia we will have a typical Basque dinner and spend the night in Bilbao.

    DAY 3

    ROUTE THROUGH THE AIZKORRI-ARATZ NATURE PARK + CULTURE AND GASTRONOMY TOUR

    The Aizkorri, although it’s not the highest peak (1551m), it is the most popular. Thanks to its beautiful landscapes that can be enjoyed along the route starting at the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, a picturesque location and must- see on the trial.

    On the way up we will be able to see some megalithic landmarks, as wellas beech and oak grooves, and calcareous rock formations. If we’re lucky,we will also be able to spot the golden eagles, Egyptian vultures and griffon vultures. However, the pinnacle of the trip is undoubtedly the Summit of Mount Aizkorri. Here we will discover its great cross and the hermitage of Santo Cristo.

    On our way back we will stop at the lovely town of Oñate where we will dine at a traditional Basque restaurant.

    Night in Oñate.

    DAY 4

    GASTRONOMIC AND TOURIST ROUTE IN BILBAO + VISIT THE URDAIBAI BIOSPHERE RESERVE + SAN JUAN DE GAZTELUGATXE AND FISHING VILLAGES.

    We will introduce you to Bilbao’s surroundings, its museums and culinarycentres. We will visit the Urdaibai biosphere reserve and iconic areas such as San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a particularly charming spot in the town of Bermeo.

    The long and steep staircase that connects the island to the coast can be rather challenging, nobody knows its actual number of steps but everyone agrees that the climb is more than worth it. At the end of the staircase you can stand in the footprint that, according to legend, was left by San Juan Bautista himself and is said to bring good luck. Above you awaits a pictu- resque hermitage. And spectacular views over the wild Cantabrian sea that has carved cliffs, tunnels and impossible arches in the island. Gaztelugatxehas seen pirates, witches’ covens and legends. It is no surprise that theisland has been titled “most voted wonder” and “most valued” enclave by travellers from all over the globe.

    Traditional Basque dinner and night in Bilbao.

    DAY 5

    Breakfast.
    Group farewell and transfer to the airport.

     

    BEST TIME TO HIKING IN BASQUE COUNTRY:

    May – June – July – August – September – October

     

    DETAILS HIKING IN BASQUE COUNTRY:

    Hiking to the Basque MountainsHIGHLIGTS HIKING IN BASQUE COUNTRY:

    •  Travel from the airport to Bilbao
    •  Transfers within Basque Country
    •  Accommodation and breakfast in a rural house or hotel
    •  High quality spyglass and binoculars for sightings
    •  Activities included in the program of the trip booked

     

    EXTRA ACTIVITIES

    We will provide information about other possible activities and recommendations of local cuisi- ne, restaurants, treks and trails, for people to do in their free time.

    All activities and itineraries of this program may be altered at the time or, in extreme cases, suspended due to weather conditions or other causes preventing safe execution.

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