23 days in The Pyrenees & Basque Country Itinerary

23 days in The Pyrenees & Basque Country Itinerary

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23 days in The Pyrenees & Basque Country Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Fly:  5​h
1
Lourdes, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Cauterets, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hendaye, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Pamplona, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Alquezar, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Bielsa, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Axat, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Collioure, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

2
nights
Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Get in touch with nature at Gouffre D'Esparros and Voie Verte des Gaves. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grotte de Massabielle and Sanctuaire Notre-Dame. Step out of Lourdes with an excursion to Chateau de Mauvezin in Mauvezin--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, get to know the fascinating history of Maison Paternelle De Sainte Bernadette, steep yourself in history at Le Cachot, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Crypte de la Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception..

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lourdes online holiday planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Lourdes is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Lourdes can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cauterets.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Chateau de Mauvezin, Gouffre D'Esparros
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Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire ©
Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire
Chateau de Mauvezin ©
Chateau de Mauvezin

1
night
Cauterets, France

Cauterets
Revered as a spa town and ski resort, Cauterets is a leisurely place well known for its abundant, naturally warm thermal springs and winter sports, such as skiing.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption, explore the striking landscape of Maison du Parc national des Pyrenees de Cauterets, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chemin de Croix Et Creches de L'eglise Notre Dame, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lac de Gaube, and finally trek along Pont d'Espagne.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cauterets sightseeing site .

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Cauterets takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hendaye.

Things to do in Cauterets

Nature Parks Trails
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Gaube Lake
Gaube Lake
Pont d'Espagne ©
Pont d'Espagne

2
nights
Hendaye, France

Hendaye ©
Hendaye is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.The town, France's most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country.Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville, which stretches from Saint Vincent's church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage, the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs, the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.HistoryHendaye acquired its independence from the Urrugne parish in 1598, when Saint Vincent's church was built. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Plage d'Hendaye, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent-Diacre, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Observatoire Abbadia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally examine the collection at Maison de la Corniche basque - Asporotsttipi.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hendaye trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Cauterets to Hendaye by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Hendaye

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Waterskiing & Jetskiing
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Chateau Observatoire Abbadia ©
Chateau Observatoire Abbadia
Scuba & Snorkeling
Plage d'Hendaye ©
Plage d'Hendaye

3
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Historic Center of Hondarribia and Basilica de Santa Maria del Coro. Get in touch with nature at La Concha Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Calle San Pedro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zurriola Beach, step into the grandiose world of Miramar Palace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de Zarautz.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary builder .

San Sebastian - Donostia is just a short distance from Hendaye. In August, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Pamplona.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hondarribia, Playa de Zarautz
Highlights from your plan
Playa de Zarautz ©
Playa de Zarautz
Fishing Charters & Tours
Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach

3
nights
Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona ©
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Your inner history buff will appreciate Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue and Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate. Get outdoors at Hecho Valley and Foz de Arbayun. Step out of Pamplona to go to Olite and see Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Catedral de Pamplona, make a trip to Portal de Francia, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Nicolas, and head outdoors with Parque de Yamaguchi.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pamplona online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Pamplona takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in August, you will find days in Pamplona are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are a bit cooler (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Alquezar.

Things to do in Pamplona

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate, Foz de Arbayun, Hecho Valley, Iglesia de Santa Maria la Real, Iglesia-Fortaleza de Santa Maria de Ujue
Highlights from your plan
Hecho Valley ©
Hecho Valley
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate ©
Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate

2
nights
Alquezar, Spain

Alquézar is a municipality in the province of Huesca, in the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get great views at Mirador del Rio Vero, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruta De Las Pasarelas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Barbastro and then explore the striking landscape of Sierra y Canones de Guara Natural Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Alquezar visit planning tool .

Getting from Pamplona to Alquezar by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Pamplona in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Alquezar, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bielsa.

Things to do in Alquezar

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Catedral de Barbastro, Mirador del Rio Vero, Sierra y Canones de Guara Natural Park
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Sierra y Canones de Guara Natural Park ©
Catedral de Barbastro ©
Catedral de Barbastro

2
nights
Bielsa, Spain

Bielsa ©
Bielsa is a municipality located in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain. On the 12th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria, then make a trip to Plaza Mayor, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Circuito de las Ermitas de Tella, step into the grandiose world of Castillo Boltana, and then head outdoors with Sin Fronteras Adventure.

Start your trip to Bielsa by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Alquezar to Bielsa takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Axat.

Things to do in Bielsa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ainsa, Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, Sin Fronteras Adventure, Circuito de las Ermitas de Tella, Castillo Boltana
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Sin Fronteras Adventure ©
Sin Fronteras Adventure
Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park ©
Castillo Boltana ©
Castillo Boltana

1
night
Axat, France

Axat is a commune in the Aude department in the Occitanie region of southern France.The inhabitants of the commune are known as Axatois or Axatoises.GeographyAxat is located in Cathar country at the doors of the Aude Pyrenees some 45 km west by north-west of Perpignan and 10 km south-east of Quillan. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then get outside with Pech de Bugarach, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Puilaurens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Axat day trip planning app .

You can drive from Bielsa to Axat in 4.5 hours. In August in Axat, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Collioure.

Things to do in Axat

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Pech de Bugarach, Chateau de Puilaurens
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chateau de Puilaurens ©
Chateau de Puilaurens
Pech de Bugarach ©
Pech de Bugarach

2
nights
Collioure, France

Collioure ©
Collioure is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.GeographyThe town of Collioure is on the Côte Vermeille, in the canton of La Côte Vermeille and in the arrondissement of Céret.ToponymyCollioure is named Cotlliure in Catalan.HistoryThere is a record of the castle at "Castrum Caucoliberi" having been mentioned as early as 673, indicating that the settlement here was of strategic and commercial importance during the Visigoth ascendancy.Collioure used to be divided into two villages separated by the river Douy, the old town to the south named Port d'Avall (in French known as Le Faubourg) and the upstream port, Port d'Amunt (in French known as La Ville).Collioure was taken in 1642 by the French troops of Maréchal de la Meilleraye. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll through Le Sentier du Littoral, don't miss a visit to Fort Saint-Elme, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise abbatiale Saint Michel , son cloitre et le linteau, then step into the grandiose world of The Royal Castle (Chateau Royal), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame des Anges. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Sentier du Littoral, then take some stellar pictures from Points 2 Vue, and then get outside with Plage de Collioure.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Collioure trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Axat to Collioure in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Collioure can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Collioure

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Eglise abbatiale Saint Michel , son cloitre et le linteau, Le Sentier du Littoral, Sentier du Littoral
Highlights from your plan
Fort Saint-Elme ©
Fort Saint-Elme
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges ©
Eglise Notre Dame des Anges

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nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Visiting Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine and Lac de la Cavayere will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Cité de Carcassonne and Notre-Dame-des-Auzils are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Eglise Saint-Paul (in Narbonne) and Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline (in Peyriac-de-Mer). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, and learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Collioure to Carcassonne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Collioure in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Carcassonne, with lows around 19°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Grotte de Limousis, Eglise Saint-Paul, Notre-Dame-des-Auzils, Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline
Highlights from your plan
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline ©
Etang Du Doul Et De La Saline
Grotte de Limousis ©
Grotte de Limousis

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