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, from the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria to the ancient stone walls surrounding Laguardia | Take in the vibrant reds, yellows and greens of Rioja vineyards | Stop for pintxos (tapas) along the way | Tour the underground cellars of a Laguardia winery, one of only a few wine caves still operating within the village walls | A gentle descent brings us to our exquisite hotel for two nights.
3-4 Pedal across the Spanish border into the grandeur of the French Pyrenees | Indulge in rich chocolate in beautiful St-Étienne-de-Baïgorry | 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 | If you're up for a few more miles, enjoy a final ride along the coast.