Trans Pyrenees mountain bike trip

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Mountain bike from the Pyrenees to the Basque coast!

MOUNTAIN BIKING FROM THE PYRENEES TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY

Trans Pyrenees MTB is an amazing point-to-point mountain bike adventure riding through the best single-tracks in the most scenic places from the Pyrenees to the Basque coast.

 

During this exciting trip in the Pyrenees and the Basque Country, we ride in many diverse single-tracks and landscapes. We start with a spectacular ride in a desert area, we cross the Pyrenees before heading into the lush forests of Navarre and we finally arrive at the stunning Basque coast.

 

All this, in seven wonderful stages, is designed for an intermediate level mountain biker.

 

Do not miss this epic adventure, sign up now for Trans Pyrenees MTB

MOUNTAIN BIKE FROM THE PYRENEES TO THE BASQUE COAST

This thrilling mountain bike trip in the Pyrenees starts and finishes in Hondarribia. A wonderful fishing village in the Basque Country next to San Sebastian. From here we move to the Pyrenees stopping off to ride in one of the most beautiful deserts in Europe. Many movies and TV series, like Game of Thrones, have been filmed in this desert. For us, this first chilled ride is perfect to ensure all the bikes are correctly adjusted before mountain biking in the Pyrenees.

 

From the Pyrenees we ride towards the Basque coast crossing the mountains in 5 wonderful stages riding through some of the most remote areas in the Basque Country. We cross the gorgeous Irati forest, one of the biggest beech and fir tree forests in Europe; we cycle along a small section of the famous Camino de Santiago (Way of ST James) pilgrimage route, and, we also visit some historical places in Basque culture like the chapel of Roncesvalles (Roncevaux).

 

The last day we mountain bike on coast, we start in Hondarribia and we finish in San Sebastian.

TRANS PYRENEES MTB TRIP SCHEDULE

Day 1: Transfers and welcome dinner

 

Depending on the arrival times. Participants are picked up in San Sebastian or Biarritz and driven to the accommodation in Hondarribia.

Once at the base camp the bikes can be built for the trip and stored in the workshop.

19:00 Walking tour through the fishermen’s neighbourhood and the walled medieval town of Hondarribia.

20:00 – 20:30 Welcome dinner with traditional local products in a typical restaurant.

 

Day 2: Desert ride

 

A relaxed ride in one of the biggest desert areas in Europe. A mix of double and single tracks in a really scenic area.

This is an exciting first ride that will awaken your senses, perfect to start this mountain bike trip and to make sure all the bikes are perfectly set before heading to the Pyrenees.

 

08:00 Breakfast

08:45 Luggage load

09:15 – 11:45 Transfer to the desert area

12:00 Light lunch and start of the ride

15:30 End of the ride

16:00 – 18:15 Transfer to Pyrenees

20:00 Dinner

 

Day 3: Pyrenees

 

A beautiful first day mountain biking in the Pyrenees. Two long, fun and flowy ancient downhill trails, with some pedalling sections, is the highlight of the day. Along with a visit to two wonderful medieval towns, with traditional architecture, where the trails end, is also really interesting.

 

08:30 Breakfast

09:15 Luggage load

09:30 Transfer

10:00 Start of the ride

13:00 Lunch

16:30 End of the ride

20:00 Dinner

 

Day 4: The big Day

 

The toughest day in Trans Pyrenees MTB. We start the day with a 15km climb in a beautiful valley that ends in a shepherd’s hut at the top. From here we push the bikes up to reach the top and cross the mountains.  After crossing the mountains we ride towards the port of Larrau, under the imposing Mount Orhy, where we finish the first part of the ride and have lunch.

 

The second part of the day involves mountain biking through the amazing Irati forest, one of the largest beech and fir tree forest in Europe.

 

08:30 Breakfast

09:15 Luggage load

09:30 Start of the ride

13:30 Lunch

18:00 End of the ride

20:00 Dinner

 

Day 5: Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James)

 

We start riding underneath the old Roman tower in Mount Urkulu and from there we join the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. We will ride on the Way of St James as far as Pamplona. During this route we will visit many historical places like the Collegiate Church of Roncesvalles and the crypt of Roland, nephew of Charlemagne.

 

08:30 Breakfast

09:15 Luggage load

09:30 Transfer

10:00 Start of the ride

13:00 Lunch

16:30 End of the ride

20:00 Dinner

 

Day 6: The ridges

 

The wildest ride of the Trans Pyrenees mountain bike trip is the 100% singletrack ride, which is in one of the most remote areas in the Basque Country. Tough climbs and pushing, technical zones and very flowy downhills. This ride has everything you can ask for a dream ride.

 

08:30 Breakfast

09:15 Luggage load

09:30 Transfer

10:00 Start of the ride

13:00 Lunch

16:30 End of the ride

16:45 Transfer to accommodation

20:00 Dinner

 

Day 7: The mines

 

We ride through an old mining area that was converted into a natural park. The incredible abandoned mining trails, the impressive old beech trees and a tiny mining town with traditional Basque buildings are the highlight of this wonderful ride.

 

08:30 Breakfast

09:15 Luggage load

09:30 Start of the ride

13:00 Lunch

16:30 End of the ride

16:45 Transfer to accommodation

20:00 Dinner

 

Day 8: Following the footsteps of Victor Hugo

 

We finally on the Basque coast where we will ride through vibrant sandstone cliffs  that once captivated the famous French writer Victor Hugo. Cycling along the coast while listening the sound of the waves and feeling the sea breeze can’t be a better end for an amazing mountain bike holiday.

 

At the end of the day we go back to our base camp in Hondarribia where we celebrate the feat with a special dinner made with typical products from the region.

 

08:30 Breakfast

09:30 Start of the ride

13:00 Lunch

16:30 End of the ride

16:45 Transfer to base camp

20:00 Especial dinner

 

Día 9: Transfers 

 

Depending on departure time. During the day the guests are transferred to San Sebastian or Biarritz

 

TRANS-PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE TRIP

PRICE

The price of our Trans Pyrenees mountain bike trip includes transfers, guides, accommodation, meals and high quality pictures.

BIKES

Hiring a top quality full suspension Orbea bike for our Basque Country mountain bike holiday costs 70€/day.

ACCOMMODATION

 

For this mountain bike trip we have selected the best hotels and hostels in the area.

GASTRONOMY

Internationally recognized, Basque gastronomy is definitely an essential part of our culture. With this experience you will enjoy it in different ways.

TRANS PYRENEES MTB HOLIDAY BOOKING INFORMATION

Fill in the booking form below to book your TRANS PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE holiday. Once the booking form is filled in we will contact you by mail as soon as possible.

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ADDITIONAL NOTES

After receiving our confirmation we pray you to organize the travel (book the flight, etc…) as soon as possible, for, if necessary adapt your TRANS PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE holiday.

TRANS PYRENEES MOUNTAIN BIKE TRIP PICTURES

TRANS PYRENEES MTB – MOUNTAIN BIKING FROM THE PYRENEES TO THE BASQUE COUNTRY

Trans Pyrenees MTB: 1.300€/person

  • 8 nights   ———————   7 riding days
  • Fully catered mountain bike holiday
  • High quality pictures
  • Transfers from Biarritz and San Sebastian