36 hours at sea on Brittany Ferries Cap Finistere with fellow adventurers on the way to Bilbao.
Enjoyed a gourmet meal while being entertained by dolphins leaping alongside our ship.
An early arrival in Bilbao and being one of the first off the ferry meant a quick departure from this industrial port town. Within an hour we turn off the Autovia and head east into the foothills of the Pyrenees.
The winding roads and crystal clear rivers guided us on our adventure through the breathtaking mountains which were shrouded in low cloud. As the roads narrowed, the village of Erratzu displayed the stunning alpine style scenery and traditional Basque homes.
The hairpin bends climbed to the Col d’Ispeguy at 672 metres and the border between Spain and France. What an ideal vista to admire over a spot of lunch! Can you spot our sticker?
The long steep descent took us into the beautiful village of St Étienne-de-Baïgorry.
…and on to our first campsite in St Jean Pied de Port. Camping municipal Plaza Berri perfectly located within a 5 minute walk of this medieval town and citadel in the middle of the Basque Country.
St Jean Pied de Port is a popular resting place for pilgrims from the north following the Camino de Santiago de Compostella.
A walk around the walled town with its cobbled streets and a climb to the citadel viewing points revealed a wonderful panoramic view of the valley and surrounding mountains.
Plenty of places to stop off for delicious crepes and strong local cider!