10 000 m
NORTHERN GEM OF SPAIN
The Basque Country is arguably the best region for cycling in Spain. It has something for everybody; beautiful countryside, interesting towns and arguably the finest gastronomy in the world.
The region is mostly situated in Northern Spain and forms a triangle around its three largest cities – Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria-Gasteiz. It is the traditional heartland of cycling in Spain; home to the famous bike manufacturers Orbea and BH, as well as the Tour of the Basque Country professional race. The region is largely hilly, but a cyclist can easily choose between gently rolling routes and more challenging climbs.
The Basque Country Classics Tour is a trip of a lifetime.
Basque Country is a gem!
Highlights of your trip
Unique Basque Country side
Second to none views that you'll remember. Basque Country is without doubt on the list of world's best cycling locations, renewed by pros and amateurs alike.
Perfectly planned trip
We have planned an ideal cycling holiday from you. The route is optimal and you will see all the highlights of the area. Hotels are carefully selected to provide you with comfortable accommodation in the locations that you'll admire.
Hotels are carefully selected to provide you with comfortable accommodation in the locations that you'll admire.
Straddling two nations on the Atlantic Coast — stretching about 100 miles from Bilbao, Spain, north to Bayonne, France — lies the ancient, free-spirited land of the Basques. The Basque Country is famous for its beaches and scintillating modern architecture…and for its feisty, industrious natives. It's also simply beautiful: Bright white chalet-style homes with deep-red and green shutters scatter across lush, rolling hills; the Pyrenees Mountains soar high above the Atlantic; and surfers and sardines share the waves. On the Spanish side, the dazzling architecture of the Guggenheim Bilbao modern-art museum and the glittering resort of San Sebastián draw enthusiastic crowds, while traditional small towns, such as Lekeitio and Hondarribia, are also thriving, making the entire region colorful, fun, welcoming.
Basque Country boasts very mild and cool summer which is not typical in Spain. That's why some Spaniards come here in August to escape the heat. Good news for cycling, it's never too hot. But do not forget your gilet though, it can rain sometimes.
Expect quite hilly terrain. Pyrenees are very close here and you will see quite rigged coast and barely any flats! This will give you some challenging cycling opportunities with rewarding views on every climb.
High in the mountains of northeastern Spain sits Spanish Basque country. Travelers to these Basque territories come for the “Pais Vasco” culture and food, but there’s much more behind why this one of the most unique cultures in all of Europe.
42.9896° N, 2.6189° W
Check out some of the best rides in Basque Country
Basque Coast at it’s best
This is one of the nicest stretches of the coast of the Basque Country, with impressive views and some unique rock formations. Places to be recognised by some Game of Thrones fans!More
Col de Ordino (from Canillo)
The Col de Ordino is situated in Andorra. This climb belongs to the Pyrenees. The Col de Ordino via Canillo is ranked number 340 of the Pyrenees. The climb is ranked number 22 in Andorra and number 5486 in the world. Starting from Canillo, the Col de Ordino ascent is 9 km long. Over this distance, you climb 439 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.9 %.More
Alt de la Musara is a picturesque cycling climb situated in the Tarragona province of Catalonia. It has been used in the Volta a Catalunya professional race, most recently in 2017 when the riders descended this side.The climb on the Vilaplana side is characterized by a high number of hairpin bends, as it winds its way through forest towards the Prades Mountains. Very ocasionally the trees open out to offer some nice views looking back down the climb.Alt de la Musara is nominally open year round, with only very rare closures due to snow in winter.More
Comfortable 3-4* Accommodation
Enjoy comfortable accommodation throughout the tour in 3-4* hotels. Rooms are a standard double with private ensuites. Single upgrade options are available.
All hotels along the tour are bike-friendly and offer secure storage within the hotel without hassle.
Arrival and transfer to Vitoria (no riding)
Airport pick up, accommodation, organisational meeting and rest.
Day 2 - Stage 1
Vitoria to Estella
Day 3 - Stage 2
Estella to Pamplona
Day 4 - Stage 3
Pamplona to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Day 5 - Stage 4
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to San Sebastián
Day 6 - Stage 5
San Sebastián to Lekeitio
Day 7 - Stage 6
Lekeitio to Bilbao
Day 8 (no riding)
Transfer to the airport
What’s included in your trip
Hand picked hotels along the route
Full information of the route and car support
Your luggage being transported along the route
From and to the airport
What's not included.
Please book your flight yourself
Available for extra cost upon request, fleet of modern bikes
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