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Jaizkibel Mountain Trekking

  • San Sebastián
  • Nature & Sport
  • Sport

What if we follow the footsteps of the ancient medieval pilgrims marching to Santiago? What if we travel the third highest coastal mountain in Spain? What if we walk to a fishing village whose houses get splashed by waves? What if we eat authentic artisanal Basque cheese and canned bonito from Hondarribia while listening to the sound of the waves? Yes to everything, right?

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Participants

From 2 to 7 person/s

Price

2 pax: 455€

Extra person: +105€

Child (10-17): +75€

Children under 10: free

For groups bigger than 6 people contact us 

Duration

From 8h to 9h

INCLUDED

Professional guide, transport, lunch box with local specialties and water. 

TREKKING

Medium level, 22 km distance, 6-8h depending on your fitness level

PLACES

Hondarribia, Pasajes San Juan & San Pedro, Albaola Museum

HOURS

Departure 9:00h 

We leave by van for Hondarribia, the last town (or the first, depending on how you look at it) before the French border. Hondarribia compels us to talk about the intricate relationship the Basque people have with the sea. The Cantabrian Sea has been, and continues to be, a place of work, fun, life, death and gastronomy. Everything fits.

On my way (to Santiago)

Hondarribia is, along with Irun, the first Spanish town on the Camino de Santiago del Norte (also called ‘de la Costa’) that leads to Santiago. This route became popular in the years when pilgrims avoided the French Way, located further south, due to the proximity of Moorish troops.

Pirates & Pilots 

Throughout our excursion along the coast of Hondarribia, we’ll see caves, cliffs, lighthouses, rock formations that seem to have been carved by an artist, and even grasslands where aviator and millionaire Roland Garros made an emergency landing in 1911, thus saving his life. We’ll tell you all about how the Basques continue to fish for bonito (white tuna) with traditional methods (with a fishing rod, one by one) so that the fish reaches the markets in perfect condition. This entire route goes through Mount Jaizkibel, considered one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity on the Cantabrian Coast, and the third highest coastal mountain in Spain. The tour brings us herds of sheep and horses, forests and places where the only sounds we’ll hear are the wind and the breaking of the waves.

Mountain foodies

We know you’ll be hungry after the walk. We’ll have a picnic of Idiazabal cheese from our friend Aitz (we’re lucky – Aitz doesn’t sell his cheese), preserved bonito (made in Hondarribia), ham and chorizo, all accompanied by a nice, crunchy baguette.

Basque Venice

We’ll go all the way through Jaizkibel, until the estuary of Pasaia prevents us from going further. This means we’ve reached Pasajes San Juan, a town with a single street (we’re not exaggerating!), with the houses hanging over the sea, like in Venice. In just a few seconds we’ll immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of this town and its medieval roots, alleys and tunnels that brim with stories of sailors, pirates and whale hunters. Did you know that Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables, lived in Pasajes San Juan? And that the Marquis de La Fayette embarked in Pasajes for the United States (the colonies back then) to participate in the Revolutionary War?

Hike & Sail

A small motorboat that serves the residents will take us to the opposite town, Pasajes San Pedro, and to Albaola, a traditional shipyard that builds wooden replicas of old Basque boats. We’re sure it will blow your mind as you watch a handful of engineers and carpenters use antiquated tools to build a 16th century whaling ship!

 

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Jaizkibel Mountain Trekking: 2016-09-14

Unos amigos y yo pasamos una semana en el País Vasco y sin lugar a duda, nuestra mejor experiencia de todo el viaje fue nuestro día con Ernes. Hicimos una caminata desde Donosti hasta Hondarribia por la costa, parando en Pasajes para comer y terminando con una visita a un productor de queso artesanal antes de llegar al pueblo mas bonito de toda esta ruta, Hondarribia. Una auténtica maravilla. Ernes como guía es una pasada y el tour que nos organ...

Gabriel G —

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