France - Basque Country - Walk along the coastline from Biarritz to Hondarribia

France - Basque Country - Walk along the coastline from Biarritz to Hondarribia

Self-guided walking in the Basque Country coastline between Biarritz and Hondarribia


This walking tour starts in the unrivalled charming Biarritz and its energy rising from the ocean. The walk continues southward towards the tiny Guethary village clung to the cliff in front of the ocean, then your steps will stop at the fishing port of Saint Jean de Luz, both trendy and traditional place and then will approach the Spanish side over the Bidassoa. Lush, green hills and unforgettable landscapes dotted with red timber frame houses built centuries ago.


The walks are not difficult : about 10 km per day to leave you the time to discover the places where you will stay for the nights. Very interesting walk above all out of Summer time and August which is not recommended . September and October enjoy very mild temperatures and the locals call this period the Indian Summer.


3 and 4* hotels everywhere. You can also ask for a Parador accommodation in Hondarribia!

Day 1

The Lady Rock (Rocher de la Vierge) linked to the coastline by a small iron bridge that faces the Ocean invites you to venture above the waves. Continue your way to the tiny Port Vieux before reaching the Grande Plage and the Grand Palais and have a rare tea or a pastry at Miremont in a 17th century building with a dramatic view on the ocean.. Biarritz enjoys a unique architecture with Villas built at the end of the 19th century at the beginning of the sea resort development. All these details make the charm of this city. Night in a 4* hotel.

Day 2

Biarritz - Guethary - 10 km - 2h30
Take the time to discover Biarritz and even to enjoy a market tour with our local guide! Then start the walk along the beach towards Guethary perched on the cliff over the Ocean. This is the surfers land in France! Great spots known all over the world for its huge waves! In this village the basque traditions still subsist as the fronton witnesses. Night in a 4* charming Guest House

Day 3

Guethary - Saint Jean de Luz - 9 km - 2hours
The walk continues along the Ocean on top of the cliffs and down into coves up to Saint Jean de Luz where the Bay is stunning. A lot of things to discover there as the 15th century Church and its remarkable altarpiece that has seen the King Louis 14th marriage!

Day 4

Saint Jean de Luz - Hendaye - 13 km - 3h30
The coastal footpath between the Ocean and the road offers dramatic points of views over the Ocean and the ports of Ciboure and the large bay of Hendaye. Once you have crossed the Abaddia Castle (that can be visited) you will reach the border city of Hendaye where you will feel the first signs of a Spanish atmosphere. Night in front of the Ocean.

Day 5

Hendaye - Hondarribia - 11 km
From the Bay of Hendaye you can decide to walk round the port to reach Hondarribia or simply take the pleasant maritime shuttle that takes you on the Spanish side in a few minutes to enjoy a visit of Irun and Hondarribia.

Day 6

Hondarribia - loop to Cabo Higuer - 13 km
If you decide to stay one more night in Hondarribia, today's walk lead you up on the cliff near the lighthouse called Cabo Higuer ( Cape Higuer) End of the tour in the evening or one additional day in this lively town.

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
5 Days
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Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

3 and 4 star hotels and guest houses-B&B

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking email or phone assistance




Starts in : Biarritz

Ends in : Hondarribia or Hendaye

Access :  train station (TGV to Biarritz from Paris or Bordeaux) /airport in Biarritz and Hondarribia



Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65


Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more,combine with another tour


See also :

Walking on GR8 from Bayonne to St Jean de Luz

Walking on GR10

Walking to St Jean Pied de Port






Biarritz charming city

Guethary and St Jean de luz

the basque cuisine and traditions

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