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Biketour through the Basque Country

From Hondarribia to Bilbao

Map Basque Coast tour

Route

Tour profile / level 2

Hilly terrain with some steep climbs, although the average distances are not long. Suitable for regular cyclists who have a good condition.

Day 1: Hondarribia

Individual arrival and time for sightseeing in Hondarribia

Day 2: Hondarribia – San Sebastián, approx. 32 km

The first stage connects two large bays of breathtaking beauty through the challenging climb up Mount Jaizkibel. After leaving the mountains behind, you will pass through the interesting old town of Pasaia and, after crossing the estuary, you will reach San Sebastian by boat on the bike path. The city is world famous for its gastronomy, its international film festival, the elegance of its bay and its urban beaches. It is very easy to reach by bike and is a wonderful reward after the efforts of the day. Total ascent: 550 m.

Day 3: San Sebastián – Getaria, approx. 30 km

You leave San Sebastián with a steady climb on a road with spectacular views. After the first 2 km, it is worth taking a short detour to enjoy San Sebastian and La Concha Bay from the Monte Igueldo viewpoint. The second part of the route is much more comfortable and gentle. Along the coast you will visit the historic town of Zarautz and finish today’s stage in the charming fishing village of Getaria, located next to San Antón Mountain. San Antón is a natural park that locals call the "Mouse of Getaria" because of its shape. Total ascent 550 m

Day 4: Getaria – Lekeitio, approx. 32 km

Today you will first continue on the coastal road towards Zumaia. There we recommend you to take the train to the next town, Deba, to avoid the traffic on the national road. After crossing the bridge over the river, you will continue on a pleasant bike path that also passes by a beautiful beach in spectacular surroundings. You will reach Lekeitio on a quiet and pleasant well-maintained bike path with magnificent panoramic views. This village is one of the most charming fishing villages in the region due to its privileged location at the mouth of the river Lea. Enjoy a walk along the colorful harbor and the magnificent beach! Total ascent 300 m

Day 5: Lekeitio – Mundaka, approx. 50 km

On the first kilometers of this stage you will drive through a breathtaking. Inland countryside, most of which is off the roads and follows the river Lea. You will then pass through Guernica, the city bombed in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, which inspired Picasso’s famous painting. Following a long bike path, you will pass Urdaibai, a spectacular Unesco Biosphere Reserve where the Oka River forms marshes and extensive sand flats that are popular with migratory birds. Mundaka is an international surfing spot with the longest left-handed wave in Europe. Total ascent: 450 m

Day 6: Mundaka – Plentzia, approx. 38 km

Today’s stage is the most physically demanding of the entire trip due to the many climbs. However, the reward is the view of one of the most magical and iconic places of the trip: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a landscape scene immortalized in the series Game of Thrones. Then you will pass by the beach of Bakio, one of the most emblematic beaches on the coast of Biscay. The day ends in the elegant seaside town of Plentzia, with a mixture of medieval palaces, charming houses by the sea and a beautiful promenade at the mouth of the river. Total ascent: 900 m

Day 7: Pletzia – Bilbao, approx. 35 km

Today is a leisurely day ahead as you reach the final destination of the trip, mostly on well-maintained bike paths. A final climb at the beginning of this stage will offer you fantastic views of the vast beaches of Sopelana from spectacular cliffs. On the rest of the route you can see how Bilbao has developed in the last twenty years. The city has left behind its industrial past, characterized by the steel industry and shipbuilding, and has become a center for cultural and business tourism, with the Guggenheim Museum being the greatest representative of this metamorphosis. Total ascent: 200 m

Day 8: Bilbao

Individual departure or extended stay.

Services

  • 7 nights, shower/WC

  • Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast

  • Luggage transportation

  • GPS tracks

  • Map and information material 1x per room (despite map material, it is necessary to navigate with an app - cell phone holder is included 1x when booking 2 bikes)

  • Service hotline

  • Rental bike liability insurance

Dates & Prices

Dates

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    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   01.04. - 31.05.24
    S2   01.06. - 30.06.24
    S2   01.09. - 30.09.24
    S1   01.10. - 30.11.24

    Extras

    Surcharge
    Solo traveller 219
       
    Rental bikes and equipment
    11-Speed Mountainbike 222
    E-Mountainbike 300
    Panniers, helmets etc. on request
       
    Zusatznächte/Sonstiges
    Extra night Bilbao (dbl/sgl) on request
    Surcharge Upgrade Hotel Atalaya* (dbl/sgl) 22/50
    Transfers on request

    *only bookable in April, May and Oktober


    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Accommodation

    Hotel samples

    On the journey through the Basque Country you will stay in selected hotels of different star categories. The accommodations each stand for a unique and inviting charm and your hosts are looking forward to your visit.

    Hondarribia: Hotel Palacio Obispo, Hotel San Nikolás
    San Sebastián: Hotel Codina, Hotel Arrizul Catedral
    Getaria: Hotel Saiaz
    Lekeitio: Hotel Silken Palacio Uribarren
    Mundaka: Hotel Branka, Hotel Atalaya (Please note: In April, May and October an upgrade to Hotel Atalaya is bookable - Please let us know your request when booking)
    Plentzia: Hotel Bahía de Plentzia
    Bilbao: Hotel Barceló Bilbao Nervión


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    Rental bikes and equipment

    The following bikes are available for this tour:

    • 11-speed mountain bikes 29’’ in different frame sizes with front suspension, disc brakes and single chainring
    • E-bikes 29’’

    Each bike comes with a toolkit, puncture repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, lock, water bottle, mobile holder and pannier. In case of renting two bikes we provide a pannier and a mobile holder on one of the bikes.


    E-Bikes | Elecrical bikes | Pedelcs

    The Rebel e-bike is equipped with Yamaha technology, front suspension and disc brakes. A bike with a central motor fully integrated into the bottom bracket and a side-extending battery in the front triangle guarantees maximum power, efficiency and responsiveness.

    This makes every bike ride a breeze! If you have perhaps had little opportunity to cycle in the last few weeks before the bike tour, if you are not quite sure of your strength, but also with physical limitations, every bike tour will be a pleasure for you! So now cyclists with different fitness levels can book a bike tour together. Gradients are mastered with ease.


    Additional information

    The rental price includes a civil responsibility insurance. The insurance does not cover damage or theft of the bicycle, so the customer is responsible for the security of the bike at all times and possible breakage of parts.

    Important: Assistance is included in case of breakdown but not in case of a puncture. It is necessary to know how to change a tube after a flat tyre.

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport:Bilbao (BIO) or Biarritz (BIQ)
    From Bilbao airport there is a bus connection to San Sebastián (1:15h) and then by transfer bus to Hondarribia (about 40 min).
    For train information see "Train Arrival"

    Information and timetable for the bus Bilbao - San Sebastián >>here
    Information and timetable for the bus San Sebastián - Hondarribia >>here


    Arrival by train

    Train station: Hendaye
    From the airport you can easily get to Hendaye by train. The train station is only a short cab ride from Hondarribia.

    Information about train connections can be found >>here


    Transfer

    A transfer from Bilbao back to Hondarribia can be arranged if needed.


    Additional information

    The bike rental price includes a civil responsibility insurance. The insurance does not cover damage or theft of the bicycle, so the customer is responsible for the security of the bike at all times and possible breakage of parts. Important: Assistance is included in case of breakdown but not in case of a puncture. It is necessary to know how to change a tube after a flat tyre.

    In Spain it is mandatory to wear a bike helmet outside of cities or villages.

    In April, May and October a hotel upgrade to the Hotel Atalaya can be booked for the stay in Mundaka for an extra charge - please inform us when booking.

    This tour is not recommended for children!

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