Sentiers Littoral

Eight of the best hikes in the Basque Country

From the top of the Rhune to the Jaizkibel crests or along the coast from Bayonne to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the best way to discover the Basque Country and its hidden gems is on foot...

1. La Rhune

View from La Rhune towards the Basque coast

Sacred summit, La Rhune (905m) is a legendary hike. It might not be the easiest, but as the local saying goes "if you make it to the top of the Rhune you'll make it up any Basque mountain". Make sure you're well-equipped before starting off from Ascain, Sare, Olhette or the Saint-Ignace pass. It will take 2 to 3 hours to get to the top, but the view of the ocean and the Pyrenees are worth every step.
You can also get to the top of the Rhune by rack-railway (single or return).

www.rhune.com

2. The coastal path

Hiker on the Sentier Littoral in Bidart

From beaches to creeks, cliffs to headlands, from Bidart to Saint-Sébastien, Talaia, the Basque coastal path, gives you 54km of waymarked, protected, accessible walking along with endless panoramic views of the coast and sea. Our favourite stretch: the rocky coastal path between Ciboure and Hendaye.

3. The Kakuetta Gorges

The Kakuetta Gorges

A preserved site, this canyon is called "little Amazonia" for its luxuriant and wild nature. The path, laid out and secured between high slopes, leads in 1 hour to a large waterfall and the cave of the lakes. For young and old adventurers!

4. The Ursuya

Ursuia landscape

The gentle and waymarked verdant slopes of the Ursuya are just the thing for family walks. Setting off from Hasparren, Urcuray, Mendionde or Macaye it will probably take you a good two hours to reach the top (678m) where you'll get to see the wild Pottok ponies and numerous birds of prey.

5. The Jaizkibel Crests

Socoa-Jaizkibel

Too tired for spectacular views over the sea and the Bay of Hendaye? The Jaizkibel Crests (573m) are easily accessible from Pasaia Donibane. The bravest visitors will set off from the Guadalupe Oratory (Fontarrabie), where a short but steep climb leads to the summit.

6. The Ainhoa Chapel

GR10 Ainhoa hike

From this village, listed among the most beautiful in France, discover the chapel of Notre-Dame-d’Aubépine. A 45-minute climb takes you to the site (389m), where you'll find a calvary cross, circular headstones and an open view all the way to the ocean. Walk it at your own pace or during the annual Whit Monday procession.

7. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Mountain biking in Saint-Jean Pied de Port

The way to explore this fortified town on the Santiago de Compostela route, and among the most beautiful villages in France, is on foot: from the UNESCO-listed Porte Saint-Jacques, make your way through the narrow streets with their historic buildings to the Citadel and admire the view of the Cize countryside, the Irouléguy vineyards and the mountains.
Useful tip: daily guided visits are organised all year round with extra evening visits in summer.
Information: +33(0)5 59 37 03 57

8. The historical centre of Bayonne

Bayonne

A protected area, Old Bayonne welcomes you to its narrow streets and along the banks of the Nive: the perfect opportunity to take in the half-timbered facades, the Sainte-Marie Cathedral and its cloister, both on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Useful tip: the Bayonne Tourist Office organises guided theme tours all year round.
Information: www.bayonne-tourisme.com

RELATED
ARTICLES 

On his journey to walk across France, Mathieu Mouillet took the GR10 and crossed the Atlantic section of the Pyrenees,...

Bayonne, the Basque Country’s economic capital, is worth a stop-off for its historic pedestrian districts located on...

The Basque seaside resort, launched by Empress Eugenia, is also the European surfing capital and invites to delight in...

Fancy a great breath of fresh air? Discover a preview here below of a few 100% nature quests which you can also find...

Put on your snowshoes, or cross-country skis, and head off on an adventure to a land where everything seems so much...

Looking for an outing for all the family? The Campagne National Forest, covering some 337 hectares, is a pure delight...

RELATED
ARTICLES 

On his journey to walk across France, Mathieu Mouillet took the GR10 and crossed the Atlantic section of the Pyrenees,...

Bayonne, the Basque Country’s economic capital, is worth a stop-off for its historic pedestrian districts located on...

The Basque seaside resort, launched by Empress Eugenia, is also the European surfing capital and invites to delight in...

Fancy a great breath of fresh air? Discover a preview here below of a few 100% nature quests which you can also find...

Put on your snowshoes, or cross-country skis, and head off on an adventure to a land where everything seems so much...

Looking for an outing for all the family? The Campagne National Forest, covering some 337 hectares, is a pure delight...

My address book 

Oops! No results were found for your search and/or the filters applied. Try broadening your search criteria.

Select background map
PLAN IGN
PLAN IGN
PHOTOS AERIENNES / IGN
PHOTOS AERIENNES / IGN
CARTES MULTI-ECHELLES / IGN
CARTES MULTI-ECHELLES / IGN
TOP 25 IGN
TOP 25 IGN
CARTES DES PENTES
CARTES DES PENTES
PARCELLES CADASTRALES
PARCELLES CADASTRALES
CARTES AÉRONAUTIQUES OACI
CARTES AÉRONAUTIQUES OACI
CARTES 1950 / IGN
CARTES 1950 / IGN
CARTE DE L'ETAT-MAJOR (1820-1866)
CARTE DE L'ETAT-MAJOR (1820-1866)
CARTES LITTORALES / SHOM/IGN
CARTES LITTORALES / SHOM/IGN
SCAN EXPRESS STANDARD / IGN
SCAN EXPRESS STANDARD / IGN
SCAN EXPRESS CLASSIQUE / IGN
SCAN EXPRESS CLASSIQUE / IGN
OPEN STREET MAP
OPEN STREET MAP
GOOGLE MAP - SATELLITE
GOOGLE MAP - SATELLITE
GOOGLE MAP - PLAN
GOOGLE MAP - PLAN
GOOGLE MAP - HYBRIDE
GOOGLE MAP - HYBRIDE
IGN BELGIQUE
IGN BELGIQUE