Grand walking tour OF THE INLAND MASSIFS OF GIPUZKOA, THE LASTUR VALLEY AND BASQUE COAST GEOPARK.
This new 4-day route route offers the chance to hike through the Ernio and Izarraitz massifs, explore the beautiful unspoilt Lastur valley and on to the most spectacular part of the coast of Gipuzkoa – the geological phenomenon known as the flysch between the coastal towns of Deba and Zumaia, protected within the Basque Coast Geopark. The route starts from the picturesque village of Errezil, nestling beneath Mt Ernio, one of the Basque Country’s best loved mountains. Hikers follow a network of footpaths over ridges, through beech forests and along unspoilt valleys through the pretty villages of Aizarna, Zestoa, Lastur, Deba and Arriola for the first 3 days, and the last day along the entire length of the Basque Coast Geopark dominated by the flysch to the bustling fishing village of Zumaia. It is also possible to arrange extra nights’ accommodation at any of the villages along the route – this is particularly recommended in Zumaia at the end of the walk, where the hike can be complemented by further exploration of the rugged coast and/or quality time unwinding at one of the town’s beaches, recently used as a film set for Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
For the last night, you can choose between a clifftop stay at the working farm of Santa Klara or, for a bit more luxury, at the Talasoterapia-Zelai Hotel&Spa right above Itzurun beach, on the edge of town. Guests can arrange a 90 minute circuit in the hotel’s spa and/orn a range of individual treatments/massages. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TALASOTERAPIA-ZELAI HOTEL&SPA REQUIRES A MINIMUM 2 NIGHTS’ BOOKING IN JULY AND AUGUST.
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* Walking times refer to the actual time walked at moderate pace. As a general rule, it is advisable to add 20% to these times to allow for photo/rest/lunch stops
* Cumulative elevation gain refers to the TOTAL height gain over the course of each day, i.e. the sum of every gain in elevation over each day’s walking.
* It is a condition for booking this or any other guided or self-guided walk described on this Basque Country Walks website that participants be covered by a suitable travel insurance policy that includes walking over hilly/mountainous terrain up to 1000 metres that is valid for Spain, and includes emergency evacuation. Please contact me for further details or recommendations. Participants also need to sign and return a disclaimer form which will be sent at the time of booking.