From France to Spain: Hiking in the Basque Country

Pilgrim Trails, Pintxo Hopping, and Stunning Bilbao

Trip Level

This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate. We hike from 2 to 5 hours each day over rolling hills, with some steep sections. Distances are not long (3 to 8 miles), but trip members should be in good shape and have good hiking boots. Most of our hiking takes place at moderate elevations. The maximum elevation we hike to is 5,280 feet. Typically, we drive to a mountain pass in the early morning and end by hiking the trail down into the valley on the opposite side of the hills, so there is usually less uphill than downhill. This makes it easier hiking, but can be tiring on the knees, which is why hiking poles are always recommended. On every hike, you can expect varied terrain. Broadly speaking, our hikes take place on shepherds’ trails, wide dirt roads, and some rocky mule tracks (some sections can be long and take time to navigate). A vehicle transfers our luggage between overnight accommodations. Driving and hiking times are noted, but these can vary, sometimes dramatically, from the anticipated times. Road conditions and the group’s level of fitness also affect the travel and hiking times. Please note that in Spain, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure the earliest possible reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be after 8:00 pm.


The weather in Basque country is likely to be changeable! In general, we expect mild conditions, with cooling breezes and occasional showers.

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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