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LATEST NEWS – the brand new 4th edition of Landscapes of the Basque Country of Spain and France is now out, with some great new features!

Landscapes of the Basque Country of Spain and France  by Philip Cooper, published by Sunflower Guides,  is a comprehensive guide to the region featuring a variety of car tours and walks that cover all outstanding areas of natural beauty, some well off the beaten track even for the locals! Now in its second edition, this remains the only book published in English that covers all corners of the Basque Country in a single volume: the 3 provinces of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country (Gipuzkoa, Bizkaia and Araba), the 3 provinces in the French Basque Country (Iparralde) and Navarra.

The walks described in the guide book have been designed to link up with the car tours, and the trailheads for many of the walks, ranging from a short 1 or 2 stroll along  cliff tops to 6-7 hour loops through the region’s mountain ranges. Many of the walks can also be accessed by public transport. Full instructions are given in English so that visitors can enjoy their own self-guided walks by way of a complement to others offered on this website. The guide features the following:

–  8 car tours

– 19 short walks for motorists

– 32 main walks

– Photos and detailed maps of all the main walks

– Information about picnic sites and places of interest

– A large fold-out map of the entire region with all relevant bus and train times on the reverse side for those walks accessible via public transport


– Free downloadable GPS tracks

– Satnav guidance to walk starting points for motorists

Landscapes of the Basque Country of Spain and France by Philip Cooper is available from the main tourist offices in Donostia-San Sebastián, Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz. It can also be purchased via Amazon and from Sunflower Guides directly. Regular updates are also published on the Sunflower website and on the Basque Country Walks Facebook page, so it is worth checking these before setting out on a walk in case I have updated any of the routes.

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