Basque country self guided walking holiday

There’s nothing like breakfasting on the terrace, contemplating the day of beautiful walking ahead of you. Enjoy a week of rambles from this all inclusive Pyrenean guesthouse.
Centre-based self-guided walking Detailed maps and notes provided Unlimited wine, food and activities Cooking demonstrations Evening activities including: Private music recitals and wine seminars Wild swimming
Price
€1550 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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Includes continental breakfasts, sandwich/light lunch service, four delicious 3-course meals and three light buffet suppers.
Private culinary and cultural events.
Open house stocked with bread, cheeses, hams, salad, wine, coffee etc.
for our guests.
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Description of Basque country self guided walking holiday

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€1550 excluding flights
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Includes continental breakfasts, sandwich/light lunch service, four delicious 3-course meals and three light buffet suppers.
Private culinary and cultural events.
Open house stocked with bread, cheeses, hams, salad, wine, coffee etc.
for our guests.
Make enquiry

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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

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Planet

Firstly, 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.

People

We live in a tiny shepherding hamlet of just 19 people and we interact with the local shepherds and farmers, buying their eggs or cheeses or liquores. We watch them at work with the sheepdogs and often enter my neighbours' farms with my guests so that they have an idea of their traditions and way of life. My neighbours are very proud of their lives and traditions and we feel that an important part of our work is to encourage cultural understanding and mutual respect. We also encourage our guests to learn a few words of the Basque language as another token of respect for the community and provide each guest with a glossary of Basque and Spanish words. All staff come from the area and they and their families are always invited to join in whatever activities are organised at the house. All builders, plumbers and electricians live nearby and have helped me renovate our home which was once an old farmhouse. Naturally, we have used local woods and stones. Guests are encouraged to support the local community too by taking a drink or eating out in the many charming village restaurants found on the walks.

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