A unique corner of Europe unlike any other. Part French, part Spanish, a warm and proud people with a history and identity all their own. Tranquil mountain villages, the capital of the French Basque Country, bold Rioja wines and world-class biking from the majestic Pyrenees to the sun-drenched Atlantic coast.
1-2 Explore the mountainous landscape of northern Spain on two wheels, from the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria to the ancient stone walls surrounding Laguardia Admire the vibrant reds, yellows and greens of Rioja vineyards shimmering in the morning light Stop for pintxos (tapas) along the way Tour the underground cellars of a Laguardia winery Only a few of these wine caves still operate within the village walls, and our chance to visit and taste here is unique A gentle descent brings us to the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, our exquisite home for two nights.
3-4 Pedal across the Spanish border into the grandeur of the French Pyrenees Indulge in impossibly rich chocolate in beautiful St-Étienne-de-Baïgorry Incredible biking awaits as you ride through the idyllic French countryside Local flavors come alive at our tasting of Irouléguy AOC wines and Ossau-Iraty AOC cheese.
5-6 Breathe in the fresh sea air as mountains give way to coast Spin through charming towns festooned with garlands of bright red piment d'Espelette (sun-dried peppers), a cornerstone of the region's cuisine Enjoy lunch in Bayonne, the fascinating capital of the French Basque Country The quaint seaside village of St-Jean-de-Luz invites you to bask on a sandy beach or wander its shop-lined cobblestone streets Is your bike calling your name this morning? If you're up for a few miles, enjoy a final ride along the coast.