This trip is designed in two distinct parts:
The first one is based in the lovely city of San Sebastián, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and throughout Europe. The city is on the coast of the Cantabrian Sea and has famous fine-sand beaches that are the ideal place for a relaxing swim, after walking in some of the beautiful green mountains that surround the city. From the centrally located hotel where you will spend the night, we will make 3 different excursions, one for each day. As this area offers many different options, the routes will be decided on the basis of the expected weather conditions, as well as customer preferences in terms of length and height gain. In addition to enjoying the mountains and beaches of San Sebastián, we will also visit the old part of the city where, as well as learning something about the history of the town, we can taste the famous pintxos or tapas, a miniature expression of the fantastic Basque gastronomy.
After 3 wonderful days in San Sebastián, we will leave the coast and head towards a beautiful inland area: the Navarran Pyrenees. This is a relaxing transfer day when we will do some sightseeing during the journey.
Once we arrive in the village where we will spend the next 3 nights, we will lodge in a cozy rural hotel. Here, the environment and landscape are totally different.
The beaches and soft mountains are replaced by high peaks and deep valleys that shelter forests where a great variety of wild animals live: wild boars, foxes, chamois, roe deers, large birds and the last surviving bears of the Pyrenees. In the following days we will make two beautiful routes around the area, enjoying the wonderful landscapes that this area of the Pyrenees offers, returning to San Sebastián on the last day, bringing this beautiful trip to an end.
This is the summary of the programme: Day 1: Arrival to San SebastiánDays 2 to 4: Three mountain hikes from San SebastiánDay 5: Rest day and transfer to the village in Navarran PyreneesDays 6 and 7: Two mountain hikes in Navarran PyreneesDay 8: Departure dayThe order of this programme could be changed for different reasons, such as the availability of accommodation or weather forecasts. Any change would be communicated to customers in advance.
This trip takes place in two different places so we use two different accommodations, one in San Sebastián and the other in the Navarran Pyrenees.
In the case of San Sebastián, the chosen accommodation will be a small to medium sized, centrally located hotel. As San Sebastián attracts a lot of visitors, there are several hotels of this type so, depending on availability, one or the other will be used. In every case, the hotel will be placed very close to the beaches and the city centre and will have all the necessary services to enjoy a peaceful stay.
In the case of the Navarran Pyrenees, the offer of accommodation is not so wide, but we know the best mountain hotels and rural houses in the area very well, so we can choose the best option in the villages where we stay.
The fact that we are a local travel agency allows us to select accommodation directly. We choose them in person, not on the Internet, we visit them frequently and have direct contact with the owners. Thanks to this, it is possible to guarantee that these are quality accommodations with high standards of service and that they are the ideal places for our trips.
The dates for this trip are flexible and depend on two factors:
The procedure to arrange the trip is as follows:
|SEASON||DATES||Price per person||Single supplement|
|Low||November to March||1,275 €||170 €|
|Mid||April, May, June and October||1,330 €||185 €|
|High||July, August and September (**)||1,450 €||250 €|
(*) Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room
(**) Easter and other special days are also considered high season
(*) Possibility to order private transfers from/to Biarritz or Bilbao, at an additional charge.
(**) Possibility to organize additional nights of accommodation. Please contact us if you are interested.
Do I have to make any reservation or do anything myself?
The only thing you have to look after is your round trip to and from San Sebastian (remember that we can advise and help you with the arrangements). Everything else is included (except two dinners in San Sebastián) so you don't have to worry about anything, We look after everything else. You just have to worry about coming here and enjoying your trip to the fullest.
How can I get to the area?
Today, the Basque Country is a highly developed area that has very good communications by land, sea and air making it easy to get to San Sebastian. There are several options to fly to our different airports and our cities are connected by modern motorways. You also have the option of coming by bus, train and even by boat if you come from Great Britain. For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.
What currency and language is used in the area?
As in the other countries of the European Union, the currency used is the euro. With regard to languages, this is one of the many attractions of this region because, apart from Spanish, one of the oldest and most mysterious languages in the world is spoken in the Basque Country: Basque. While you are here, you will often hear and see Basque and we will tell you some curious facts about this ancient language. With regard to English, San Sebastian is a very touristic city and, as such, it is quite easy to find people who speak it. However, it is far less common in the villages of the Western Pyrenees. In any case, a bilingual guide will be with you at all times, so you won't have any trouble understanding the locals.
Is it a safe route?
Yes, fortunately, this area is very safe and visitors do not usually have any problems on their trip but as San Sebastian is a city that receives thousands of tourists every year we recommend that common sense precautions should be taken against theft, especially on dates and places where there is a high concentration of people.
Can I book a single person trip?
Yes, as long as there are other people on that same trip (Walking North Spain cannot offer guided trips for a single person). In this case, an individual supplement will be charged.
What is the best time of year to make this trip?
Probably, the best time to make this trip is May to October but remember that some days can be hot from mid-July to late August, In addition, San Sebastian usually receives a lot of foreign visitors at that time, as it is a very popular city.
What are the routes like? Are they very long or difficult?
The mountains around San Sebastian and the Western Pyrenees offer many different routes of different lengths and levels of effort. The selected routes for this trip are between 13 and 17 kilometres long, with a height gain of between 650 and 1,000 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking with just a little training can hike our routes without any difficulty. Walking North Spain is also able to choose those routes that best suit the preferences and characteristics of the group.
Will it be possible to shorten some routes?
The group will be led by a single guide if there are 8 or fewer clients. With just one guide the group cannot be divided and everyone will have to follow the same itineraries. There will be 2 guides leading if there are 9 or more clients in the group making it possible to shorten the routes for part of the group.
I have some dietary restrictions, is it possible to take this into account?
Of course, although one of the main attractions of this area is its gastronomy, every year we welcome people who have dietary restrictions. In these cases, we inform all the accommodations and restaurants we visit so that this is taken into account.
If you have any other questions, please click here and send us an email with your questions. Thank you very much.