Basque country self guided walking holiday
Occasional guided cultural walks.
Free local pick-up service.
We are an hour from Pamplona, San Sebastian and Biarritz. NO EXTRA SPENDING REQUIRED ALL WEEK.
Description of Basque country self guided walking holiday
Walking is the best way to discover the Basque country. The gentle hills are threaded with shepherding tracks, and many paths have a story to tell. Spend a week in a charming guesthouse under the care of your host and discover it for yourself.
Georgina has run holidays in the Basque Pyrenees for over 20 years. In that time she's regularly featured in the UK national press, from the Times to the Guardian. She's a keen linguist, and the guesthouse team speak English, Basque, Spanish, French, Danish, German and Italian.
Sit out on her guesthouse terrace for breakfast and decide which walk you'll do that day. There are 15 different walking routes, all circular, starting and ending right on the guesthouse doorstep, with a variety of levels available. Follow the maze of grassy tracks which link the houses with the hills. Stop for lunch in a nearby Basque villages, and perhaps try the local cider.
Georgina writes detailed notes about each walk, fascinating stories of the cast of interesting characters who've used these trails through the centuries: from shepherds to smugglers, witches, pilgrims and World War Two resistance fighters. She also offers guided walks throughout the week.
After a day of self-guided walking, you can rely on Georgina and her friends to provide the evening entertainment. Return to the guesthouse for dinner from the house chef, freely-flowing wine, and excellent company from local wine experts or musicians; each evening is different.
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1 Reviews of Basque country self guided walking holiday
Reviewed on 25 Aug 2021 by Assaf Yosha
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
This was our first trip since the pandemic began. We were looking for something outdoors and not touristy. What we encountered was beyond our greatest expectations. On its surface there were breathtaking views, great hikes, and authentic food. But what really made this trip special were the people we met, including Georgina the host and the handful of other guests. Also unique and different than any previous trip we had to Spain, was the unforgettable introduction to the local Basque community. Georgina's knowledge and enthusiasm about the Basque culture in which she is immersed is outstanding. She will ensure that your trip is one to remember. Special shoutout to Carol not only for a great culinary experience but also her upbeat camaraderie and regional knowledge. Everyone was COVID vaccinated and we felt comfortably safe.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Good hiking shoes, a sense of adventure, and be open to flexible daily agenda that will not disappoint!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Without a doubt. All expenditures stayed within the community. Attention to reduced waste. No single use plastics.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Exceptional, not to be missed
PlanetFirstly, our self-guided walks all start at the door of our house and return to the house - meaning that there is no need for any form of transport all week. All villages can be reached by foot. We have fireplaces and use wood fires to warm the house when we can: the wood is taken from fallen trees on our land and kindling is picked up from the woods where we walk. Our water is spring water and guests are given strict instructions on how to minimise the use of water. We fill up drinking water from local springs in the village. We have a vegetable garden and use ash and egg shells as natural preventatives to keep slugs and snails at bay! We have also made a clearing in the woods and are feeding the birds (while trying to keep our two cats at bay!)
Heating is a complex matter and we give guests instructions on how to use the natural qualities of the house: windows, stone walls, doors, curtains etc. to manage the heat within the house or keep it cool rather than using air-conditioning or heating.