Basque Country/ Western Pyrenees ideas??

Discussion in 'Europe' started by ullukk, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Short'n'Spikey

    Short'n'Spikey Back in the saddle!

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    We had a fab time last summer in Northern Spain - took the Plymouth ferry to Santander- spent a couple of days around San Sebastian (catching much needed rays) and then headed for Pamploma area. We had been told that the N260 was an unmissable ride - so we set off heading east expecting to take days to get across to Andorra - but the ride was so amazing that we kept going until we hit just shy of Andorra - by then were still having too much fun to stop - so we dropped down to Barcelona. It was a long but thoroughly enjoyable day (600km -11 hours start to finish) - and the long day on the fabulous N260 meant an extra night chilling in the BIG city. :freaky

    One warning - all that Spanish you are learning right now wont get you far - Basque is as different to Spanish as Welsh is to English. And once you hit Barcelona it's all Catalan - (the place names may look french - but are pronounced with a Spanish accent - which is useful if you need to ask directions - saves mucho confusion!!)::lol3

    This year we are heading for Salmanca as I have been promised that the ride through the mountains will take my breath away. It will take a lot to beat the N260 - so expectations are high!!:clap

    Have an awesome time.

    Bx
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  2. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    Hi,

    More on the Western Pyrenees here: http://thespanishbiker.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/back-to-plan-a/

    That day's ride is by no means all - I was back in the region in late October, when it was far too cold to lurk in the mountains themselves so this time staying at the municipal camping at Syt. Pierre Pied de Port. Nice camping but the town is very touristy and full of pilgrims on the Road to Santiago.

    I love the camp site at Ochagavia - it's a great chill out place run by young people from the village, and a good hideout from the rain - the western Pyrenees is wet :rofl If you want higher mountains go to the camping at Izaba - nowhere near the village though - where it'0s bloomin' cold at night even in August!

    Regs

    Simon
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  3. John933

    John933 GSX 1400

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    I stayed here for two week. Booked through a UK travel agent. Brilliant place to stay and lot's to see.

    http://goo.gl/maps/IXBTk

    John933
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  4. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    Hi Keith
    Hope you've had a nice trip.
    Any sights in France or Spain that you'd absolutely recommend to someone who's going to be riding this region in june?

    Thanks!
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  5. MikeTheMechanic

    MikeTheMechanic Tsiki?

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  6. Harty

    Harty Bloody Good Bloke!

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  7. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    Hi Tommy,

    There's so much to see and do in Spain - have you any special interest in mind, e.g. history, architecture, etc.?

    Simon
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  8. tommyvdv

    tommyvdv Been here awhile

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    time limits us to the absolute north of Spain. we'll be crossing France through "le massive centrale". we'll be in the Pyrenees mainly to soak up the natural beauty and to enjoy some nice roads. but the occasional monument would be great.

    I'm amazed by bardenas reales!
    is that place open to motorcycles?

    I'm a kid in a candy store reading about the Pyrenees and the places that surround it. but trying to tell the must-visit places from the less-wow ones is hard for someone who's never visited the area.

    as stated. we're limited in time and want to soak up as much as possible while keeping the pace low. it's supposed to be a holiday so rushing from place to place won't be an option.

    thanks for any advice!
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  9. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    Hi Tommy,

    The Bardena Blanca - part of a larger region called the Bardenas Reales - is indeed very open to bikes. There's a trail, of about 80 kms that forns a round trip. It's best to approach from the north, roughly via Sos de Reyes Catolicos. If time's limited and you want to go to the Bardena than Navarre is for you. Take a look at my few days there this summer for some ideas.

    Regs

    Simon
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