12 Jun Following the footsteps of Victor Hugo
Many writers of romanticism travelled to Spain looking for bullfighters and Sevillanas, with Madrid and Andalusia being the most popular Spanish destinations at that time. Victor Hugo was one of the few who, during his trip to Spain, visited the Basque Country instead. The French writer fell in love with Pasajes San Juan, the boat-women and the wonderful environment around the town. This is why we have decided to call “Following the footsteps of Victor Hugo” to our mountain bike day trip that goes from Hondarribia to San Sebastian.
This MTB route starts in Hondarribia, a marvellous fishing village on the Basque Coast. Hondarribia is located on the border with France, halfway between Biarritz and San Sebastian, the main cities in the area. Inside the walled old town there are many medieval buildings. The Carlos V castle and the church are the most important ones, but the whole historical city centre is quaint. Another attraction in Hondarribia is the fishermen’s neighbourhood, with wonderful white houses and colourful balconies. Besides, the main street in this quarter is now a popular bar area where it is possible to try some of the best “pintxos” in the Bidasoa region.
Despite being on the coast, Hondarribia’s surroundings are really mountainous. From here, it is possible to do many different mountain bike routes. One of our favourites goes from Hondarribia to San Sebastian through Pasajes San Juan and crossing Jaizkibel and Ulia mountains.
Mountain biking from Hondarribia to San Sebastian
Once at the top of Jaizkibel again, we descend to Pasajes San Juan riding through amazing scenic trails. There are many options and trails, and depending on the level of the riders we go a different way.
During the ride, Pasaia is the perfect place to recharge your batteries before crossing Ulia and arriving in San Sebastian. Normally, during our Hondarribia to San Sebastian MTB tour it is here where we stop to have lunch.
To finish this memorable ride there is nothing better than having a cold local beer at Zurriola beach.