The Pyrenees is a 430-kilometre-long mountain range running from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, along the border between Spain and France. The mountain range is formed by countless beautiful mountains and deep valleys, being the Aneto (3,404 metres) its highest peak.
Our trip takes place in the western part of the Pyrenees, one of the most beautiful areas of the chain because, in addition to its impressive landscapes, it has beautiful villages that have hardly changed over time. It is, therefore, an authentic area that remains largely unchanged and whose economic resources remain, above all, in livestock and timber. The scarce tourism also brings some income to its inhabitants although, contrary to what happens in other valleys of the Pyrenees, the tourist pressure is hardly felt here, which has helped to keep this area almost intact, making it even more attractive. The abundant fauna that lives in its forests and mountains is a good example of this: wild boars, foxes, chamois, roe deers, marmots, eagles, vultures, even some of the last bears of the Pyrenees.
They are high mountains, but at the same time they are humanized mountains where flocks of sheep and cows graze peacefully during the summer. Their peaks offer a challenge for mountaineers, but they are gentler and more accessible than the large peaks of the central Pyrenees, where only ice and rock abounds. However, here we find forests and grass to the top of its peaks, which lie between 1,500 to the 2,668 metres of the highest peak, the Bisaurin. Therefore, it is a high mountain environment but accessible to any hiker accustomed to walking.
Once we arrive in San Sebastián, we will head for the beautiful valley of Hecho where we will spend the first three nights of the trip and we will make a couple of beautiful excursions in the surrounding area. In addition, we will visit the two villages of the valley and enjoy the fantastic gastronomy of the region.
Then we will change valley and move to Belagoa Valley. This is a day of rest when we will take advantage of the transfer to visit some very interesting places on the way. Once we arrive to the town of Isaba, we will be accommodated in another charming rural hotel where we will stay the next four nights. There are also many beautiful hiking routes in this area. We'll choose three of them for the next few days. During the daily excursion, we will have a picnic in the mountains and, once back in the hotel, we will rest a little or visit the village, before enjoying a fantastic dinner during which we will comment on the extraordinary day we have spent.
This is the summary of the programme:
Day 1: Arrival to San Sebastián and transfer to the first rural hotel in the Hecho valley
Days 2 and 3: Two mountain hikes around this area
Day 4: Rest day and transfer to the second rural hotel in the Belagoa valley with some sightseeing during the journey
Days 5 to 7: Three mountain hikes in this area
Day 8: Departure day
The 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.
One of the many reasons why this trip is so attractive is because it takes place in two valleys that do not have a strong tourist presence. For this reason, there are not many hotels, although most of them offer a good service and are very welcoming.
We ourselves have spent many years of our life hiking in these valleys and we have been regular customers of these accommodations for a long time. We have been able to compare and choose them personally. That's why we know that they are good quality accommodations and that they are the ideal places for our trip.
The chosen rural hotels in both valleys are very small, with very few rooms, which makes the customer service more direct and personalised. These accommodations have everything you need to make the stay truly comfortable and pleasant and their beautiful rustic decoration makes them very cozy. Most of them have their own restaurant where you can enjoy a fantastic dinner after having hiked a wonderful route in these beautiful mountains.
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||1,295 €||150 €|
|Mid||April, May and October||1,350 €||150 €|
|High||June to September (**)||1,375 €||150 €|
(*) 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
This is an ALL INCLUDED trip:
(*) 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 so you don't have to worry about anything, we look after everything. 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. Once in San Sebastian, we pick you up and take you to the valleys of the Western Pyrenees where this trip takes place. At the end of the trip, we bring you back to San Sebastian so that you can return home or continue on your trip from here.
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, Spanish is widely spoken in these valleys of the Pyrenees. However another language is also spoken in each of them:
Is it a safe area?
Yes, fortunately this area is very safe and visitors do not usually have any problems on their trip.
However, we recommend taking the usual common sense precautions against theft.
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. There will be an individual supplement for single person reservations.
What is the best time of year to make this trip?
This trip can be made at any time of the year although the best dates are probably from May to October
What are the routes like? Are they very long or difficult?
Both the Hecho and Belagoa valleys offer many different routes of different lengths and levels of effort. In general, the selected routes for this trip are between 12 and 16 kilometres, with a height gain of between 600 and 1,000 metres, so that everybody accustomed to hill-walking and is reasonably fit 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 itinerary. 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.
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