One of the most beautiful ways to discover the Basque Coast, from Bidart to Saint-Jean-de-Luz is… on foot of course! The coastal path, 25 kilometres of tracks and paths, reveals the most stunning and awe-inspiring views over the Atlantic Ocean, the Basque mountains, Spain and coastal villages and towns.
It takes about 3½ hours to walk the first part, beginning at Erretegia Beach in Bidart and ending in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. This walk is best done in the morning when it’s low tide so you can fully enjoy the experience as the path includes some walking along the beach!
From Hotel Balea you can easily get onto the coastal pathway at the port in Guethary. However, we do encourage our guests to start from the beginning of the path so they don’t miss out on the truly magnificent views from the village of Bidart that sits on high cliffs. Visit the website Terres et Côtes Basques for details on the coastal path.
On the way you will discover the wild creeks and beaches that are characteristic of the Basque Coast’s unique appeal. Don’t miss the Paul Jovet botanical garden, walking along to the Sainte Barbe headland to revel in the breathtaking views it offers over Saint-Jean-de-Luz bay and, of course, Louis XIV Square in the heart of the town, a stone’s throw from the magnificent Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church where the famous wedding of the King of France and Maria-Theresa of Spain was celebrated in 1660.
For the return journey, there is a regular ATCRB bus service. Another great option is to return by train and get off at Guethary train station (the journey only lasts 5 minutes!)
The most adventurous may decide to immediately continue their explorations along the coastal path from Saint-Jean-de-Luz to Hendaye. Indeed, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is located approximately halfway along the coastal path!
But don’t hesitate to make the fun last by continuing your exploration of the Basque Coast with a 2nd morning’s walk along this footpath. Indeed, the second part is well worth the trip: from the magnificent port in Ciboure to the long sandy beach in Hendaye passing along the cliffs of the wild Basque Corniche and the superb Abbadia Castle. Such an experience is sure to make you fall in love with the Basque Coast and its limitless wonders! The return journey from Hendaye can also be done by bus or train.