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Feasts and Fiestas Culinary Holidays Spain

Come and join Pyrenean Experience for this fully supported self-guided tour in the Pyrenees. The self-guided part of the tour is completely hand-held, ideal for walkers who want the independence of a self-guided walking holiday but not the anonymity, and what to get a privileged insight into the culture, traditions, and gastronomy of the area that only inside contacts can provide.

Highlights

  • Find the delights of Basque gastronomy
  • Daily circular walk at the Basque Pyrenees
  • Constant back-up and support albeit self guided
  • Detailed map, walking, and cultural notes for each walk
  • Explore the history, culture, and folklore of the Basque villages
  • Enjoy a range of Basque cuisine, wines, ciders, and liqueurs
  • Free pickup service on arrival day
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Danish, French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

During this food holiday, you will stay at Basque farmhouse in a double en-suite room on a full-board house-party basis. The house is a renovated Basque farmhouse with five en-suite rooms, based high up above the morning mists in Ituren on the outskirts of the Baztan Valley. Each room has the most incredible views of the Pyrenees. The grounds include many flowery sunny terraces, landscaped gardens, a library, and living rooms.

Guests are lodged in a separate wing of the farmhouse which has five en-suite double rooms and this allows the guests full use of its open-plan kitchen, library, living, and dining spaces which are encased in a large glass conservatory. There is Wi-Fi, central heating, and a log fire. The house has enormous south-facing terraces with tables and sofas and has such incredible views over the valley.

Program

The self-guided walking "House Parties" offer guests full board en-suite accommodation at the farmhouse in Ituren. Walkers have no need to constantly pack and unpack bags, they will be based at the farmhouse during the whole week as there are some 200 kilometers of circular walks (15 different variations of walks) from the farmhouse door.

This week comes with a set of 14 detailed maps and full walking and cultural notes for each of the walks. There are villages to the north, south, east, and west of this place all with separate trails and paths as well as numerous river walks and high-level mountain walks that they can be combined with. There is a full week of walking experiences from the door of the house without the need of getting into a car.

On the first day, there will be a guided orientation walk around the area so that you can get your bearings. Pyrenean Experience is there to lead you out on other walks, help you find your bearings, pick you up, and happily take you out to the fiestas, etc. so although there are walks to do on your own, Pyrenean Experience will always there behind the scenes if you need them.

Pyrenean Experience has documented some 200 kilometers of circular walks from the farmhouse door all different all levels which make for a car-free week's walking in what they have no fear in calling "Sound of Music" walking terrain. There are one to two hours of walks, and walks of up to six hours or more. There are gentler walks along the ridges from farmstead to farmstead, and other more moderate walks with 300 to 400 meters ascents and descents which dip down into any of the eight Basque villages that orbit the hamlet and offer stretches of shady riverside walking too.

There are also high-level mountain summit and mountain shoulder walks up to 1,000 meters ascents which can roll on into infinity. There is a huge variety. Many of these walks pass through small Basque villages with great family restaurants so you can either take sandwiches from the house or drop in for lunch en route.

Location

The farmhouse accommodation in the Basque Country of Spain lies to the north of Navarre and to the west of the Baztan valley. It is situated in a tiny farming hamlet near the traditional mountain village of Ituren in the Basque Pyrenees. The farmhouse is surrounded by mountain farms, river valleys, and over 200 kilometers of circular hill walks which start at the farmhouse door.

Nearby places

  • Doneztebe, 10 kilometers
  • Santesteban, 10 kilometers
  • Village of Ituren, Navarre, 4 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Wine tasting

General

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Food

Pyrenean Experience provides full continental breakfasts, a lunchtime sandwich service, and a full three-course evening meal with wine. Guests are invited to make themselves at home in the kitchen, dining room, and library and help themselves to coffee, tea, beer, wine, and biscuits, etc. There will also be an invite out for lunch or dinner at one of their special off-the-beaten-track places.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Cycling

If you feel like hanging up the walking boots for a day, you can make use of the opportunity to rent road and mountain bikes locally with lots of good cycling opportunities. These include a pretty 30-kilometer flat cycle route (EuroVelo 1 route) through the Pyrenees along the sides of the Bidasoa River and 500 kilometers of documented mountain bike routes.

Sightseeing

During the week, there are also buses to San Sebastian and Pamplona from the nearby village for a day's sightseeing

Spanish class

Beginner Spanish students may also take a beginner's Spanish course during this retreat.

What's included

  • Full continental breakfasts
  • Daily lunchtime sandwich service
  • Daily full three-course evening meal with wine
  • Welcome reception before dinner on the first day
  • A couple of guided orientation walks
  • Coffee, tea, beer, wine, and biscuits
  • Access to kitchen, dining room, and library
  • Local maps, and detailed walking and cultural notes
  • Access to Pyrenean Experience's private Wikiloc page and online maps
  • Constant logistic backup and cultural input
  • An invite out for lunch or dinner at one of the special off-the-beaten-track places
  • Free shuttle service from Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ)
  • Free shuttle service from nearby village of Santesteban and Doneztebe
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Visit to San Sebastian and Pamplona

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ). Transfer from the airport is included. Pyrenean Experience will pick you up from the airport. Please inquire about the time of the pickup which is only once a day on the first day of the holiday.

Arrival by bus

San Sebastian has a direct hourly shuttle bus service to and from Bilbao Airport (BIO) just 60 minutes away. It has an easy local bus service to the area. Pyrenean Experience will also happily pick up guests from the local village of Santesteban and Donesztebe which is served by La Baztanesa buses that run daily between San Sebastian and Pamplona.

Airport: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport Airport transfer included: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
8 days / 7 nights
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