Pyrénées & Coastal Hikes

Hiking on the Atlantic coast and in the Pyrenees Hiking on the Atlantic coast and in the Pyrenees Hiking on the Atlantic coast and in the Pyrenees

Rather than relying on a car, slow down and allow your body and mind to feel the region. You might see less and experience more. You discover the soul of the places you walk through and the people you meet along the way.

Here are two easy hiking trips that can be taken separately or back to back to explore distinct aspects of the region. Alternatively keep in mind that you can do lots of daily hikes from your vacation home with short back and forth drives or pre-arranged pick ups and drop offs.

The coastal path or ”le sentier du littoral”

Over a FOUR day period, explore 25 easy kilometers of the Basque coast,  between Biarritz & the Spanish border. The path overlooks the surfs of the Atlantic ocean and takes you through natural parks with rocky cliffs and sandy beaches, residential areas,  charming and historic towns. Stay at a fine boutique B&B, a small Relais & Château 4* hotel , and a parador all strategically located in both France and Spain. Enjoy a slow-paced life like the locals in trendy coastal towns: Biarritz, Bidart, Guéthary, St Jean de Luz, Hendaye, Fuentarabia. Plan for a 2 days of easy hiking, 2.5 to 4 hours per day at a moderate pace. Lots to visit along the way and in all of the towns you will walk through with options to stay extra nights at each stop.

  • 3 nights of fine accommodation with breakfast  ( 4 star level)
  • 3 meals at renowned restaurants
  • two way river crossing by boat
  • taxi transfers where applicable
  • luggage transfers
  • detailed informative route instructions in English and maps
  • Expérience Authentique’s carnet de voyage
  • emergency support

Cost: 1,200 euros per guest ( 2 person occupancy)

Inland villages and the traditional Basque mountain

Over a FIVE day period, explore the inland of the Basque country along the well marked GR8 path, and progress from the banks of the Adour River to the Pyrénées. You will experience an authentic country side and culture, rich in history and diverse landscapes.  You walk through wooded areas, mountain crests, country side with traditional coplourful Basque villages and farms. The last stretch on your route hooks up with the GR10 path, the mythical route that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean sea through the mountains.  Your arrival point is historic Saint Jean de Luz on the coast near the Spanish border.  Plan for 4 days of hiking, 4 to 6 hours per day at a moderate pace, the difficulty level is easy to moderate. Your accommodation consists of a mix of 2star to 4 star hotels.

  • 4 night accommodation with breakfast, 3 dinners
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed informative route instructions in English and maps
  • Expérience Authentique’s carnet de voyage
  • emergency support
  • Taxi transfers when applicable

Cost: euros 1,890 per guest ( 2 person occupancy)

Prices and services can be adjusted to reflect the needs of  your family and/or small groups when applicable