Explore the picturesque Urdaibai Natural Park and its vast beaches
Visit Gernika, the historic capital of Basque resistance against Franco
Stay in the charming fishing town of Lekeitio and sample the catch of the day
Take in the stunning views of San Sebastian from the traditional Camino de Santiago route
Explore the Pagoeta natural park
Visit Getaria and the Balenciaga Museum
The excursion starts in Bilbao, which is the biggest city in the Basque region and blends contemporary elements with rich cultural history.
You will be transported from Bilbao airport or train station to your hotel, where you can discover the remarkable Guggenheim Museum or stroll through the quaint lanes of the Old Town, which boasts several excellent pintxos bars.
Hotel in Bilbao
You will depart from Bilbao on peaceful roads, ascending from the valley and into the stunning countryside of the Biscay area. The path travels over undulating terrain through a combination of forests and open green pastures before reaching the historic town of Gernika.
This is a small town that became famous thanks to Pablo Picasso’s painting, which portrayed the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War. Gernika was once the historic capital of the Basque region and a center of resistance against Franco, the fascist dictator, during the war. In Gernika, you can also explore some Roman ruins and relish the delicious tapas bars that line the pedestrianized streets of the old town.
Hotel in Gernika
32,7 km, 899 m of elevation gain
Today’s route departs from Gernika and enters the Urdaibai Natural Park, which is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park is renowned for its expansive, uncrowded beaches and stunning coastline, and is a preferred destination for bird watchers due to the variety of permanent and migrating species that can be spotted there.
The route follows a rolling path along the tranquil coastal road, passing through quaint villages before arriving at the fishing town of Lekeitio. Your hotel here is situated alongside the beach and the delightful old town, offering a plethora of excellent restaurants that serve fresh seafood of the day.
Hotel in Lekeitio
34,7 km, 675 m of elevation gain
As you travel along the coastline, you will pass through the charming towns of Ondarroa and Deba on an undulating route.
Next you will ascend the Azurki mountain, where you can explore the Caves of Ekain, which are home to some of Spain’s best-preserved cave paintings.
Your destination for the evening is the stunning village of Getaria, situated on a picturesque small peninsula. Here, you will stay in a delightful boutique hotel located in the heart of the old town and have the chance to sample the local txakoli wine, produced on the surrounding hillsides.
Getaria has been inhabited since Roman times and is the birthplace of Juan Sebastian Elcano, the first person to complete a circumnavigation of the world that began with Ferdinand Magellan. Additionally, fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga hails from Getaria, and there is a large museum dedicated to his works in the town.
Hotel in Getaria
56,3 km, 1330 m of elevation gain
Today, you have the option of taking a day off to rest, as you will be staying an extra night in the lovely village of Getaria. During this time, you can relax on the beach, explore the narrow streets of the old town, visit the Balenciaga fashion museum, or participate in a wine tasting at one of the many local vineyards.
However, if you prefer to continue cycling, there is an excellent circular route available. This route begins by venturing inland through the charming vineyards that encircle the slopes of Getaria. You will then enter the Pagoeta Natural Park, an idyllic rural region characterized by verdant green countryside. The journey concludes with a return to Getaria through the town of Zarautz, which boasts one of Northern Spain’s largest and most spectacular beaches and is a great location for lunch.
37,7 km, 753 m of elevation gain
Today’s route departs from Getaria and follows the traditional Camino de Santiago path, culminating at a breathtaking vantage point overlooking San Sebastian.
The scenery en route is spectacular, with vibrant green fields, golden beaches, and the blue sea blending together to create an idyllic ambiance.
For lunch, we suggest stopping at a traditional sidrería, a Basque cultural institution that serves as both a restaurant and a meeting place. After arriving at San Sebastian, you are free to discover the charms and allure of this gorgeous city at your leisure.
Hotel in San Sebastian
30,2 km, 666 m of elevation gain
You will depart from San Sebastian and the Basque country with wonderful memories. We hope this trip will remain a positive experience and a great journey through the north of Spain.
Not enough? Why not spend a few more days here! Extend your holidays with a pre- or post-holiday extension. Accommodation, sightseeing, and activities can be arranged. Add as many extra days to your holiday as you wish.
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Accommodation as per itinerary
This trip offers a wonderful cycling adventure through the picturesque Basque region of Northern Spain. Starting in Bilbao, the largest city in the Basque area, the excursion blends contemporary elements with rich cultural history. You can explore the remarkable Guggenheim Museum or stroll through the quaint lanes of the Old Town, which boasts several excellent pintxos bars.
The route takes you through peaceful roads, undulating terrain, and stunning countryside, passing through historic towns like Gernika, where you can explore Roman ruins and relish the delicious tapas bars that line the pedestrianized streets of the old town.
You will cycle through the Urdaibai Natural Park, which is recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and offers expansive, uncrowded beaches and a stunning coastline. You will also ascend the Azurki mountain, where you can explore the Caves of Ekain, which are home to some of Spain’s best-preserved cave paintings.
The trip concludes in San Sebastian, a gorgeous city situated on the Bay of Biscay, where you can explore the charms and allure of the city at your leisure. Along the way, you will stay in delightful boutique hotels located in the heart of the old towns and have the chance to sample the local cuisine, including fresh seafood of the day, delicious tapas bars, and traditional sidrerías.
Whether you choose to relax on the beach, explore the narrow streets of the old towns, visit museums, participate in wine tastings, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery, this cycling adventure through the Basque region promises to be an unforgettable experience.
Experience the freedom of a personalized adventure with our self-guided option. We create a customized handout based on your preferences, enabling you to explore at your own rhythm. Pause and explore at your leisure, with the flexibility to stop wherever and whenever you desire. Plus, our reliable 24/7 assistance ensures you have support should you need it throughout your journey.
Self-guided cycling tours offer a customized and adaptable way to enjoy cycling vacations, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace and adjust your itinerary or timetable as needed. Our team manages all the details, including lodging, comprehensive schedules, GPS routes, and continuous support, providing a relaxing and interactive journey that delivers autonomy, personalization, and genuine cultural experiences.
We are dedicated to finding the ideal match for you. We collaborate with various accommodation providers that meet our criteria, but their availability may differ, especially during peak seasons. Moreover, we can personalize your vacation based on your preferences and budget, making sure we discover the most fitting solution for your needs.
We advise booking your tour as early as possible, especially for popular tourist destinations where accommodation options are limited. The best choices are often booked out for summer before spring even arrives.
Most tours can still take place in light rain as long as you dress appropriately. During the summer months, afternoon thunderstorms are common, so it’s best to start the tour early. If the weather looks particularly bad, we can try to make adjustments to the tour ahead of time.
Our tours are specially designed for road bikes, and when it comes to Spain, an endurance road bike would be the most optimal choice. However, using a different type of bike will not pose any issues. Gravel bikes can be an excellent alternative as they offer versatility without compromising road performance.
Rest assured, we can always customize our tours to accommodate your bike. For instance, if you opt for a gravel bike, we can incorporate gravel roads into the itinerary. Regardless of your bike choice, you are more than welcome to join our road cycling tours in Spain, as we will make the necessary adjustments to ensure a seamless experience.
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