Summer walking holidays

7 nights in Basque country exploring the surrounding area, Sunday to Sunday. Guided by your trusty Sea Kayaking Lanzarote team! Guiding, transport and 7 nights accommodation all for just 595€.

Flourishing and abundant wildlife, outstanding scenery and unique culture, untouched by package holidays. This is what awaits you in northern Spain. Eat pintxos, drink txakoli or traditionally made cider and taste the wines of the La Rioja vineyards. We decided to start running summer trips in northern Spain as we have access to a family run Casa Rural which enables us to offer trips at very low prices. It's located in a tiny village in the countryside just outside the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Juan has a vast inside knowledge of the area so we can offer a really authentic local experience. The Casa Rural has plenty of space in the grounds to stroll around in the evening, have BBQs and eat outside as a group. Inside, there are double and twin en-suite rooms and a kitchen where you could cook up group meals. The location of this house is perfect for exploring Basque country and making incursions into Cantabria, Aragon, Castilla y Leon, Navarra and La Rioja.

The mountains and valleys of northern Spain are home to many protected Natural Parks, full of impressive mountains and wildlife, and picturesque rural villages, full of cobbled streets and surrounded by medieval walls. We have planned walking routes that conveniently stop at some of the most scenic villages where we can have lunch and soak up the atmosphere before continuing on our walk. As we're situated so close to La Rioja, one day will be spent walking in the Sierra de Cantabria where we can look down on the La Rioja area, before heading down for some wine tasting and a visit to one of the smaller production vineyards of La Rioja, tasting some unique wines. You'll get a free day in San Sebastian, a beautiful Basque city situated right on the coast where you can spend time at the beach and wander the streets, admiring the architecture and going bar-hopping to try all the tasty pintxos. We'll drop you off in the morning and pick you up in the afternoon to get you back to the house for dinnertime and a relaxing evening!

The trips are aimed at acquainting people with northern Spain, tasting the local gastronomy and getting in some relatively easy hikes to take in the scenery and spot some wildlife. None of the walks will involve very steep or high ascents and won't require technical clothes or equipment, just sturdy walking shoes or boots, and the maximum distance each day will be around 12 miles. Some days will be shorter and it all depends on how tired or energetic the group is! Walking will be on tracks and footpaths at an easy pace and stopping often to admire the views or talk about the area. There are a lot of birds and animals to look out for, including Griffon vultures, bearded vultures (lammergeiers), Egyptian vultures, golden eagles, red kites, wolves, wildcats, genets, beavers, red and roe deer, red foxes and wild boar.


Summers in northern Spain are hot and sunny, so sun protection is a very good idea as well as cool clothes. A wide brimmed sun hat will protect the back of the neck, which is a place that often gets overlooked!


The price for the week is 595€ per person. This price includes pickup/drop off at Bilbao airport or city, daily transport to and from the activities, guiding, wine tasting and snacks, and 7 nights accommodation in the casa rural. We'll drive you to the shops on your first night so you can buy supplies and food for the week, or we'll organise a supermarket delivery and will send you a list of what you can order in advance. Don't worry if you forget something - we can easily take you to the shops in the evenings, as we're so close to Vitoria! We'll also drive you into town any evening if you'd like to go out for dinner instead of cooking. Food isn't included in the price, but we'll stock up the kitchen with some basics like butter, olive oil, eggs and bread. Maximum group size will be 7 people as we're using our usual van and it only has 7 spare seats! We'll also have a minimum group size of 2. If you're coming on your own, we'll let you know 2 months in advance if the week can go ahead.


We'll be running the trips from Sunday to Sunday throughout June, July and August up till August 21st. You can fly into Bilbao airport direct from Gatwick and Manchester on Sundays and it's around a 2 hour flight. You can probably fly direct from other airports too if you have a search! Vueling, EasyJet and British Airways/Iberia all fly from these airports on Sundays. If you're coming from Edinburgh you can fly with Ryanair direct to Santander on Sundays. We'll pick up on Sundays at no extra cost from Bilbao airport. In case you arrive a day or two earlier and want to spend a night or two in Bilbao first, we can also pick up from the city. Flights can be snapped up quite cheap! If you fly into Santander we can come and pick you up from there for a 120€ surcharge (total for the group, not per person) which covers both pick up and drop off. Once you've arrived in Bilbao or Santander, just relax and forget about organising anything. This is a holiday!
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