Hiking 8 Days 3+ People Difficulty: Easy Season: spring to fall


Therefore, the Basque Country, locally called Euskadi in Euskara, the Basque language, is famous for its world class cuisine and charismatic culture. The region is very closely tied to its traditional fishing and farming past, but also has strong links with the more recent industrial era. It also boasts some modern icons, such as the Guggenheim museum for contemporary art.

The Basque Country is a land of contrast, where it is possible to drive in only two hours from the rugged coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the Bay of Biscay, through the Alpine limestone Basque mountains, to the flat wine plains of the Rioja Alavesa, in the most southern tip. We will experience the full range of this diversity during our trip.

This customized eight-day tour aims to provide you with the experience of hiking along those mountains that have inspired so many mountaineers, and to explore the nature as well as the inherent culture, tradition, and modern aspects of the region. During the tour we will use English speaking guides, who will introduce you to the real Basque feeling, and allow you to discover the most unique places.


Bilbao Airport is certainly convenient for flights and gives us the chance to visit the once industrial city that is now a well-known tourist destination, with the iconic Guggenheim Museum. Here we will take the opportunity to have our first Basque experience, the local tapas called “Pintxos”. This is a delightful snack consisting of a topping on a small slice of bread, held together with a cocktail stick. In the case of a late flight, we will go straight to the Hotel in Zumaia, and will leave the visit of Bilbao and surroundings for the last day of the tour. We will have dinner together at the Hotel in Zumaia, giving a chance for the group to socialize and get to know each other.
Zumaia is a charming mariner village where we will visit the famous church, and also the iconic Chappell of San Telmo, a recent icon from some well-known movies and television series, including Games of Thrones and Spanish Affair. But Zumaia is even better known for the famous geological folding features of the ocean cliffs called “flysch”. Geologically speaking, this is a well-known and important spot due to the two golden spikes in the Geopark. Golden spikes mark the start of a geological period, as defined by the first appearance of a fossil species. As well as being geologically fascinating, this is also an extremely attractive location for hikers. Our hike starts in Zumaia town, where we will explore the old part and the church. Then we will walk along the spectacular cliff tops, which are actually part of the famous “Camino Santiago Norte”, a pilgrim route along the northern coast of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. We will finish our walk today in Deba, where, if the weather is good, we will take a guided boat back to Zumaia, in order to appreciate the cliffs from the water. This evening after the walk, we will be having dinner in a local restaurant called Urberu Sagardotegi, or we may visit a Txakoli white wine winery. Length: 15,5 km/ Elevation gain: 550 m/ Hours: 5 hours hiking, 30 minutes’ boat ride
The Aizkorri mountain is the largest mountain of Gipuzkoa province, and indeed the tallest in the Basque Country. We will start our walk at the Arantzazu monastery and head up to the Urbia alpine meadows, where a local farmer makes and sells handmade cheese, which we will sample. After a pleasant picnic we will continue our round walk down to the Arantzazu monastery, where we will enjoy the ambience. A few minutes’ drive down the road from here, we will also visit the Gomiztegi cheese making school and factory, where they will show us how they make the famous Idiazabal cheese. Afterwards we will take the minibus back to the Hotel in Zumaia, where we will have dinner.
Day 4 will be a rest day. This day off provides several opportunities for the visitors. Either they can relax near the hotel or they can take a train, bus, or taxi to San Sebastian. There are numerous options for the most adventurous guests, such as travelling by train to San Pedro, a charming mariner town. There you may be interested to visit the Albaola museum, where there is a hand-made replica of an old wooden whaling ship once found in eastern Canada. From here, you can keep walking west towards San Sebastian, along the cliffs of Ulia mountain. After taking time to enjoy the old town, beach and of course the famous Basque Pintxos of San Sebastian, you can return to the hotel by train. For those who do not wish to travel so far afield, you may prefer to visit the Balenciaga museum, in the nearby town of Getaria. Here you can also experience the natural wonder of San Anton, a mountain peninsula attached to the mainland only by a breakwater. This half-island is also known as Getaria’s mouse, due to its outline. For those wishing to enjoy a serene day outdoors, you could visit the Chillida sculpture park and outdoor museum, on the outskirts of San Sebastian. The group will have dinner together at the Hotel in Zumaia for the last night in Gipuzkoa. Length: 8,11 km/ Elevation gain: 170 m/ Duration: 4 h
The Tologorri Mountain stands as a sentinel between the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranaen Sea. Water runs off the north face of the mountain through the Nervion valley and on into the Cantabrian Sea, in the Bay of Biscay. Meanwhile, water running off the south face of the mountain flows into the Ebro river, whose delta is on the Mediterranean Sea. Tologorri is an excellent place to watch many birds of prey. We will be traversing through woods and grasslands, to a breath-taking view atthe very top of the mountain, before completing a circular walk on our way back down to the minibus. Afterwards we will visit the Valle Salado de Añana, a natural salt landscape that is over 7000 years old. You will see the brine wells and salt pans that are used to collect the salt from the natural brine springs. We will then move on to our new hotel in Alava, where we will have dinner. Length: 10,84 km/ Elevation gain: 650m/ Time: 5 h
We will hike up Toloño mountain in a terrain where the continental Mediterranean climate region meets with the Atlantic Euro Siberian region, thus creating enormous biodiversity and a wide variety of habitats. The mountain is located in the Sierra Cantabria range, through which runs one of the most important natural passes used historically for fish and meat trading, between the coast and the Spanish interior. At the top of the mountain remains the ruins of an old castle where we will have a fantastic vista of the Rioja Alavesa, the best place for red wine in the region, as we will discover right after. We will have a fantastic barbeque of local meat cooked with pruned vine branches and with the local wine for lunch, and afterwards we will visit the medieval town of Laguardia, and its ancient wineries of Casa Primicia. After enjoying the barbeque in the vineyards and visited the winery, we will move on to our hotel in Alava. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel. Length: 11,22 km/ Elevation gain: 639 m/ Time: 5 h
The Gorbea mountain is one of the most iconic mountains in the Basque Country. Its round summit shares the two provinces of Biscay and Alava, but this time we won’t reach the summit because we will instead focus our attentions on the most scenic part of the mountain, the Itxina karst formation. This rock formation has been created by the erosion of highly soluble calcium carbonate by rainwater over millennia, resulting in a series of spectacular fissures, caves and underground conduits. Our walk today will be circular, starting from Pagomakurre, in Biscay and discovering different habitats along the way related to the traditional human past of the Basque people, such as the farming, the charcoal production and the abandoned hospital. Then it will be time to return to the hotel, where we will have our final evening meal together. Length: 8,73 km/ Elevation gain: 476 m/ Time: 5 h
Depending on the flight schedule, on our final day we could visit the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, a spectacular wetland estuary just outside Bilbao, offering a rich diversity of wetland birds and beautiful scenery. Alternatively, we could explore other historical features, such as the “Puente Colgante” or “hanging bridge”. This is the world’s oldest aerial transfer bridge and spans the mouth of the Nervion river, with a gondola suspended high above the river that can transfer people and cargo from one side of the river to the other, whilst tall ships can continue to pass beneath the bridge. This would also be an opportunity to visit the centre of Bilbao, if time did not allow for that on the first day, before the visitors are returned to Bilbao airport in time for their departure.


Amazing trip; Great whitewater, food, and awesome guides. We had an amazing trip. We were a large group, but easily accommodated by Thrillz Co. The food was amazing, the weather was perfect, and the rafting was super fun!
Sally Smith
October 2018
We had such a great time. Everything went over smoothly and our guide was very knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone. They really exceeded my expectations. I know I'll be back!
Doug Martin
September 2018
This was my first rafting experience so I was a bit nervous, but once we got going the guide made us all feel very safe. The whole day was super fun. It was a mixed group but they accommodate all skill levels so everyone had a good time. If thrills are what you're looking for - look no further!
Gary Jones
July 2018
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