Eurovelo is a network of 15 cycle routes that cross Europe from North to South (odd numbers) and from West to East (even numbers). The project is in full development so if someone decides to venture on one of its routes it is advisable to make sure of its current situation on the official website of the route
The Pyrenees that occupy us is crossed by 3 of the different Eurovelos. The number 8 crosses them through La Junquera, in the Eastern Pyrenees, on their way between Cadiz and Cyprus; It's called the Mediterranean Route. The 3 - Trondheim (Norway) - Santiago de Compostela - is the Pilgrims Route, and enters Navarre through the Pyrenees by the Mountain pass of Ibañeta, in the vicinity of the neuralgic point of the Way of St. James known as Orreaga-Roncesvalles. Our proposal is developed on the Eurovelo 1. It is the westernmost of all of them and joins in 8,186 kilometers the North Cape in Norway with Sagres in Portugal. Its track, following mainly the coastline, encloses the logic of its name, ATLANTIC COAST ROUTE
The Eurovelos are in constant process of creation and improvement. In the section that occupies us we have allowed some "permissions" with respect to the official layout of the route. Obviously we do not do this to make it worse, the essential reason for making changes is to include in its layout some sections of new itineraries more adapted to cyclotourism than those of its alternative in the official route. In some cases we have consciously deviated simply by including in the tour some privileged places that the official route ignores for its urgent need to "continue moving forward".
The result is 345 kilometers of different greenways, riverside walks, an important section of the Way of St. James, the final section of La Vélodyssée French and some inevitable stretches of secondary roads with fortunately very little traffic. 345 kilometers that link the elitist Basque Coast of Bayonne, Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz with the dazzling brightness of La Rioja vineyards and its designer winneries. In between, the Navarre of closed and wild valleys first and widest and friendliest after, that introduces Eurovelo 1 inland after so many kilometers of coastline. From epicenter of all this, Pamplona, the ancient Roman Pompaelo and even more ancient Iruña Basque, still with the memory of all its past emerging through the remains of its historic center and its people.
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This sequence of 7 stages that you see here below is the one corresponding to the concrete proposal of days and end of stage points here proposed. It is really just an example of the different possibilities. If you need another rhythm, either faster or slower, or if you simply want to decide your accommodation points, the sequence of stages will obviously be different.
You can choose the stage ends in the towns that appear in the map above.
Distance: 345 km Unevenness: 4830 m
Stage 1: Bayonne - Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Distance: 31 km Unevenness: 480 m
Stage 2: Saint-Jean-de-Luz - Doneztebe
Distance: 64 km Unevenness: 880 m
Stage 3: Doneztebe - Irurtzun
Distance: 54 km Unevenness: 950 m
Stage 4: Irurtzun - Pamplona
Distance: 29 km Unevenness: 270 m
Stage 5: Pamplona - Estella
Distance: 49 km Unevenness: 900 m
Stage 6: Estella - Logroño
Distance: 65 km Unevenness: 720 m
Stage 7: Logroño - Elciego - Logroño
Distance: 53 km Unevenness: 630 m
Scenes from Eurovelo 1 between Bayonne and Logroño
La Vélodyssée at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the mountains of the Basque Country begin to be defined.
We leave Biarritz - La Vélodyssée -
Txingudi Bay in Hendaye
Bike path above the water, La Vélodyssée reaches its end in Behobia
Greenway of the Bidasoa, we continue next to the water but we move away from the sea.
Forest tunnel on the same Greenway
In Ederbidea, "The beautiful way", the term "Greenways" materializes.
The Greenway of the Plazaola through the heart of the Basque Country - Ederbidea -
We continue in the Plazaola, now crossing the Dos Hermanas gorge, we enter the Pamplona Basin
Riveside walk parallel to the Arga, Pamplona
Leaving Pamplona, the Way of St. James is the reference to follow.
Uterga. We are in the Navarra Media.
The Way of St. James leaves Obanos
A usual image on the route
Medieval bridge over the Arga in Puente La Reina, an icon of the "Camino de Santiago" in Navarra.
Street crossed by the route in Puente La Reina
Greenway of the Basque-Navarro Railway. We left behind Zufía and the mountain of Montejurra
Scenes on the route, family reunion in the Acedo tunnel.
Tierra Estella. Greenway about to open.
Greenway of the Basque-Navarro Railway, the old stations come up every now and then.
Scenes of the Way
With Zuñiga ends Navarra, La Sierra de Loquiz stops making us company.
Last kilometers through the Basque-Navarro Railway. Montaña Alavesa makes its presence.
In the Alto de Meano appears the scenario of the following kilometers of our Eurovelo, La Rioja and its limits, La Sierra de La Demanda to the South and the Sierra de Cantabria to the North.
Rioja vineyards with its perpetual horizon in the shape of Sierra de Cantabria.
Guardaviñas, characteristic construction that appears regularly among the vineyards.
Days of harvest in the vineyards of Marqués de Riscal, the spectacular winery redesigned by Frank Gehry in Elciego.
Unforgettable end of route along the banks of the Ebro. In the background you can finally guess Logroño.
1st night: Bayonne - Hotel Loreak
The base of PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE where we will receive you and deliver the necessary information to avoid getting lost on the route is this 3-star Hotel-Restaurant located 2 kilometers from the center of the city of Bayonne.
2nd night: Saint-Jean-de-Luz - Hotel Les Goelands
3rd night: Doneztebe - Hostal Ameztia
A comfortable hostel dedicated to cycling service will be the PUNTO BIKE that welcomes us in Santesteban.
At dinner time the Santamaría Restaurant will be responsible for replacing us with a special menu adapted to the requirements of the cyclist.
3rd night: Elgorriaga - OPTIONAL Balneario Elgorriaga
If we want something more special we can choose as accommodation our PUNTO BIKE LUXURY in the area. In Elgorriaga, just 2 kilometers from Santesteban a spa session with its thermal circuit included a step up the quality of the Pack.
Check the OPTIONS tab to know the difference in the budget.
4th night: Irurtzun - Hotel Plazaola
In Irurtzun, between the Sierras de Urbasa and Aralar, we stayed in this three-star hotel.
5th night: Pamplona - Pamplona Catedral Hotel
The base of PIRINEOS PUNTO BIKE in Pamplona is located in an indisputable 4 star hotel located in the old part of the city.
6th night: Estella / Lizarra - Hotel Yerri
Our PUNTO BIKE in Tierra Estella is this 2 star hotel located a few meters from the historic center of "La Ciudad del Ega".
7th and 8th night: Logroño - Hotel FG Logroño - We have chosen this hotel located on the banks of the Ebro just at the point where our route enters the city for our stay in Logroño. In addition to its unbeatable location, their quality is unquestionable, we are talking about a four star service "camouflaged" in one of three.
To the usual services of a hotel of these features we add that we have free access to the relaxation of the hotel zone, which consists of a jacuzzi, sauna and gym.
Visit to Bodegas Franco-Españolas, one of the great wineries in La Rioja. With almost 125 years of history is still a reference when talking about the world of winemaking.
Its privileged location, on the banks of the Ebro River, allows us to reach it without the need of a vehicle, simply on a pleasant walk across the Puente de Hierro from the old quarter of the city.
During the visit, we will visit a winery founded in 1890 thanks to the golden age that Rioja experienced in the 19th Century, when the French, whose vineyards were agonising under the attack of the phylloxera plague, came to the region in search of replacement vineyards.
Guided Visit and Wine tasting with 3 different wines and appetizer
Visit duration: 90 m. approximately
Possible languages for the visit: English, Spanish or French
For the arrival to Logroño we have proposed a "meeting" with the Riojan gastronomy by Luisa Barrachina and the well-known Riojan chef Francis Paniego (3 Michelin stars).
Tondeluna is a modern, informal and fun place that has prepared a menu with the name of one of the great Bike Tours of La Rioja; FUENTES del VINO. And since we also come cycling, this same menu, which is the one that appears in the photographs, will also be used to introduce us to some of the secrets of modern Riojan gastronomy.
If you decide to add to your route a Gastronomic Experience in Pamplona you will have to choose between all these options ... it's really not easy.
Authentic cuisine with very careful product, family atmosphere with history, close and creative.
In short, cuisine characterized by the affection for the creation of new flavors that are born of the traditional products of the land Navarre and the avant-gardism and imagination of its authors. Result? A different kitchen.
To the delicacy, finesse and cult to the traditional flavor of a season cook like Pilar Idoate, one of the essential pillars of restaurant Europa, joins the young cook from Guipuzcoa Arkaitz Muguruza, bringing new technique and creative ideas in line with what is cooked in the world.
It is difficult to achieve a greater balance between the gastronomic roots Navarras, a magnificent raw material and a refined technique. And if we speak of drinks, careful letter, directed by a professional sommelier of wines and spirits.
Bidea 2, a place of reference in Navarra gastronomy, in which the ember plays a predominant role.
The formula for the success of this establishment lies in the intrinsic quality of each and every one of the raw materials that are offered, plus a service and customer service at the height of a great restaurant. This sum succeeds to aupar today the Asador Bidea 2 among the 100 best in Spain.
Professor in the grilling courses for Basque Culinary Center, GREGORIO TOLOSA leads the Asador Bidea 2, where the raw material and a careful technique reach the highest levels in the Navarra gastronomy.
Enekorri opened its doors more than thirty years ago and is one of the gastronomic references of Pamplona.
Touches of author respectful with the flavors of the raw material coming from the rich regional pantry..
Seasonal products command. There is no more chemistry than this, which is no small thing.
Example of constant innovation and updating. Presiding over the plate; Raw material worked with exquisite and exquisite touches in which the imagination is not lacking.
Gastronomic place of reference where we will also enjoy a very unique establishment.
The Alhambra Restaurant is one of the representatives of the haute cuisine of Pamplona for its own merits, both for its history and good know-how..
Opened in 1985, it has become a must-have when it comes to the cuisine of Navarre. A renovated classic, a professional brigade, intimate lighting and maximum privacy between the tables. Traditional elaborate cuisine.
Javier Díaz, responsible for his cookers, interprets with his own technique and style the culinary tradition of the land. It is surprising the elaboration and combination of ingredients, secret of the good taste that keeps the Alhambra Restaurant as one of the best in the Navarrese capital. Iñaki Idoate and his sister Esther, of deep-rooted host family, supported by a good team, maintains a constant evolution.
Suggestive letter that changes every season, demand on quality products, and an elaboration in which no flavors or qualities are lost. Alhambra.
1265 € Price per person for a group of 2 people in a double room
Transport of luggage between hotels
1 bag or package of a maximum of 20 kg per person
If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal
Taxibike shuttle for the transfer of the participants and their bicycles from Logroño to Bayonne at the end or at the beginning of the route
If not needed, the cost of this service will be deducted from the proposal