Coming from Spain and sometimes much further away, a wind from the south blows down our Pyrenean valleys, bringing with it the scent of adventure. Hot, and charged with sand from the Sahara, it sweeps over the countryside, leaving a bizarrely golden, strange atmosphere, which awakens the desire to travel. This wind is called La Balaguere .
This is the name we gave to our company on its creation. La Balaguere is born from a simple idea: to share our love of the Pyrenees, to make our living by organizing walking trips. Since then, probably carried by the south wind, we have gone further afield to discover countries where the authenticity of the traditions and of the welcome exists in the present day.
Camino del Norte, the Compostela route which travels along the ocean ... the most beautiful and solitary of the paths to Santiago, it has kept a unique natural and cultural heritage.
The first week begins with a beautiful coastal route between Hendaye and Deba: beaches, cliffs, fishing ports, vineyards or meadows overlooking the ocean ... the stage to San Sebastian and its famous "concha". Then the Camino penetrates into remote lands, passes Gernika and finally arrives at Bilbao: this declining town has made a remarkable conversion and in a short time has become a major cultural centre, principally thanks to the Guggenheim Museum.
The Plus Points
One of the most beautiful stretches of all the roads to Compostela
Day 1: Arrival in Hendaye, at your hotel. Day 2: Passage across the Bidasoa by road or by boat, stage from Fontarrabie to San Sebastian. 6h00 walking, 25km Day 3: San Sebastian - Zarautz. 5h30 walking, 22 km Day 4: Zarautz - Deba. 5h30 walking, 25 km Day 5: Deba - Markina. 5h30, 23 km Day 6: Markina - Gernika. 6h20, 25km Day 7: Gernika-Bilbao, to shorten the the route it is possible to take a train from Lezama (at your expense). 6h or 8h30h walking, 22km or 34km. End of stay at arrival in Bilbao.
From 5h30 to 6 hours walking per day, distances of 20-25 km over hilly terrain with an average cumulative elevation (gain/loss) of 300 to 400m.
(Possibility of extending the last stage: 37 km, 8h30 walking).
You will carry only your things for the day.
In hotels 1* and 3***, bed and breakfasts and guest houses.
A hotel in Hendaye. End of program at arriavl in Bilbao.
At your convenience from 01/04 to 31/10. In July and August we recommend that you book longtime in advance.
Price per person
From 01/04 to 30/06
From 01/09 to 31/10
From 01/07 to 31/08
With luggage transportation
€ 560 / £ 396
€ 645 / £ 456
Without luggage transportation
€ 455 / £ 322
€ 540 / £ 381
Single room supplement
€ 150 / £ 106
€ 180 / £ 127
Extra night in Bilbao with breakfast, in a double room
€ 55 / £ 39
€ 55 / £ 39
Extra night in Bilbao with breakfast, in a single room € 80 / £ 57
€ 80 / £ 57
DEPARTURE DATES : At your convenience from 01/04 to 31/10.
6 nights half board (except dinner D2) , transport of luggage, 1 travel guidebook with topo for 1-4 people.
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
lunches, dinner D2, the short boat ride from Pasajes, any train taken on D4, beverages, booking fee and insurance.
The price in Pound Sterling might be modified due to exchange rate changes.