Backroads French Basque Country Walking & Hiking Tour

Pyrenees Mountain Villages & Atlantic Beaches

A region infused with unique charms, exuberant folklore and postcard-perfect scenery at every turn. Hiking trails along the dazzling Atlantic coast, through lush rolling pastures and into the regal Pyrenees mountains. A part of France and Spain unlike any other, with a history, culture and language all its own. From the peak of La Rhune to the beaches of Biarritz and every enchanting village in between, come fall in love with Basque Country.


  • Visit the Basque Country less traveled, where hidden mountain villages give way to lively beach towns and coastal castles
  • Trek through the majestic French and Spanish Pyrenees on the incredible Grande Randonnée or Gran Recorrido trail network
  • Summit emerald-hued La Rhune mountain, rising from the border, for magnificent views over both France and Spain
  • Taste organic farm-to-table cuisine at charming Basque country farms, share delicious tapas and unwind at enchanting hotels

Start Biarritz / End St-Jean-de-Luz or Biarritz

France Spain Basque Walking and Hiking Tour Map


Days 1-2 Beautiful Biarritz, once a favorite resort town of the European aristocracy, is the kick-off point for your hiking adventure through Basque Country | Add spice to the journey right from the get-go with lunch in picturesque Espelette, home to the eponymous pepper, a treasured Basque chili | Follow trails through green rolling hills and sheep-dotted pastures visiting traditional villages along the way | Hike in the foothills of the Atlantic Pyrenees and across the border to Spain | Visit the tiny hamlet of Zugarramurdi and discover its spellbinding history and caves.


Day 3 Travel on foot from our first charming Basque Country hotel to the next | Start in Ainhoa, a Plus Beaux (Most Beautiful) Villages of France member | Enjoy a delicious meal with local friends |Gradual climbs and descents mark the route to enchanting Sare, where red-shuttered stone houses stand in contrast to the surrounding emerald green peaks.


Days 4-6 Climb up to the top of majestic La Rhune, the starting point of the Pyrenees chain | Part French, part Spanish, this national heritage site is home to pottok horses | Hike well-maintained mountain trails speckled with wildflowers and peat bogs | Drink in the views of a bucolic landscape stretching all the way to Atlantic beaches and beyond | Savor a farm-fresh lunch in a mountain hut |Venture to the coast and walk a hand-picked section of the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) | Get a different taste of Spain over a lively tapas lunch | Complete the adventure with a boat ride and coastal walk to St-Jean-de-Luz, an easygoing beach town with a cheery mix of French and Spanish influences.