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Ikaburua II, Navarra

Urdax | Ref: NAV5 | Bedrooms: 2 | Sleeps: 4

Apartment with spacious terrace for sitting out, right on the French border

This large traditional farmhouse has been converted to house three holiday apartments and a bar/restaurant with pleasant terrace. The apartments are attractively finished in country style, are well equipped and have terraces of their own for sitting out. Surrounded by fields and mountains and just 2 kms from the beautiful frontier town of Urdax, it's a lovely spot for those wishing to combine hill walking with occasional days at the beach - with a restaurant on your doorstep!

This, the larger apartment, has a fireplace, stonework on show in the rooms, and a large well-furnished terrace.

Access to the Ikaburu caves with their history of witchcraft is within a couple of hundred metres of the house. Other local attractions include the train ride to the top of La Rhune which at 900m offers the most magnificent views of the Bay of Biscay.

Accommodation Description

Up from car park to large, well furnished, terrace. Through front door to living room with kitchen area, leading through to two bedrooms (each with 2 single beds) and a bathroom. An extra bed can be provided on request.
NB: There are two smaller apartments each sleeping 2; the three apartments would suit larger groups who wish to holiday together.
NB: First day entry time 17:00 - last day "check-out" 12:00.

Bedroom Details:2 twin; 1 opt.
Beach: 42km
Nearest Shop: 2 kms
Bars/Restaurants: In same complex
Nearest Airport: Biarritz (31km)
Nearest Ferryport: Bilbao (168km)

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Booking Seasons
High 23 Mar - 6 Apr (Easter); 1 Jul - 31 Aug; local holidays £
Low 1 Jan 2015 - 22 Mar; 7 Apr - 30 Jun; 1 Sep -31 Dec £
Christmas and main public holidays are charged at mid or high season rates.
This property has the following options
(NB 'short breaks' and 'small party' offers not available in high season)

Self Catering Holiday (min 7 nights)

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Almost straddling the French-Spanish border, the town of Urdax, along with its neighbouring village of Zugarramurdi, is renowned for its history of witchcraft. Here, in 1610, 40 people were tried by the inquisition and 12 of those burned at the stake accused of being witches. Since then these towns and particularly the caves have been associated with the Akelarre, the witches meetings reputedly held here.
The caves of Zugarramurdi can be visited throughout the year whilst the Ikaburu complex in Urdax is open from Easter to October.

Visitors to Urdax can easily combine a walking holiday in the Western Pyrenees with days at the seaside, the French resort of Hendaye with its long strip of golden sand being a mere half hours drive away.

Also close at hand are the valleys of Baztan-Bidasoa with their beautifully preserved, typically Navarran villages as well as the towns of the French Pays Basque such as Espellete, Sare and St Jean Pied de Port. One highly recommended excursion would be to visit the famous gorge at Kakueta and the vertigo-inducing footbridge at Holtzarte and no visit would be complete without riding the train to the top of La Rhune which, at 900m, offers spectacular views of the Bay of Biscay.

There is a bar / restaurant just by the cave and a couple more in the village itself whilst nearby Dantxarinea has a lot of choice as it attracts a lot of French visitors who come to do their duty-free shopping!

Local Activities

  • Spooky caves with a history of covens & witch-hunts, in the village and nearby at Zugarramurdi.
  • Walking straight from the town, well signposted track to Zugarramurdi & Sare.
  • Trekking in the Baztan valley, Seorio de Bertiz nature .park, Larrun or the many mountains within easy reach.
  • Visit the Basque coast & its lovely beaches; on the Spanish side Hondarribia & San Sebastian, French side Hendaye, St Jean de Luz & Biarritz.
  • Take the 'petit train' to Larrun (900m) and enjoy fantastic views over the Bay of Biscay.
  • Explore the pretty local villages of Lesaka & Bera de Bidasoa, Elizondo, Sare, Ascain, Espelette - lovely gardens at Cambo-les-Bains.
  • Lovely lakeside beach at San-Pere-sur-Nivelle.
  • Have a day out in Pamplona or San Sebastian; shopping, culture & great tapas!
  • Cycle or walk the local 'Via Verde', a disused railway, now converted into a cycleway from Endarlatza to Donestebe.

Holiday Ideas near Urdax

Birdwatching in Navarra
Birdwatching in Navarra
Basque Cuisine
Basque Cuisine
San Sebastian
San Sebastian
Horseriding Arbayun Gorge
Horseriding Arbayun Gorge
Birdwatching in Navarra
Birdwatching in Navarra
Mountain bike Las Bardenas
Mountain bike Las Bardenas
Baztan and Bidasoa valleys
Baztan and Bidasoa valleys
Navarran variety
Navarran variety
Segway through the Irati forest
Segway through the Irati forest
Navarran Pyrenees
Navarran Pyrenees
Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina
Camino de Santiago, Navarra
Camino de Santiago, Navarra
The Garden of Navarra
The Garden of Navarra

Getting There

The northern part of Navarra has good access by air and sea:

Stansted, Dublin or Edinburgh to Santander with Ryanair;
Stansted to Bilbao with Easyjet or to Biarritz with Ryanair
Heathrow to Bilbao with British Airways.
Gatwick to Bilbao with Vueling (4 weekly).
Bristol to Bilbao with Easyjet (2 weekly).
NB Flights are not included but we can advise on routes and timetables

Ferries: Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander or Bilbao 5 sailings weekly.
We can include the ferry crossings as part of the package

Getting Around

If travelling by air we recommend renting a hire car to make the most out of your visit to the area. If you prefer to use public transport please consult our expert staff for advice on which properties are more suitable.

If coming on the ferry you will use your own vehicle - we recommend that you ensure that insurance and breakdown cover are in place. For full advice on how to prepare the vehicle etc see the Brittany Ferries website

In either case we will provide full instructions to arrive at your holiday accommodation, complete with GPS co-ordinates.

Reviews of this property

Read our clients' independent reviews

"A very enjoyable holiday - the property exceeded our expectations. Could have done with more property information- we didn't know there was a dishwasher and a washing machine", Client 2008

"We would definitely use your company again, thank you very much" (2007 Client)

"Very spacious and well equipped, beautifully postioned apartment", (2006 Client)

"We were delighted with the location, view and facilities. Matching crockery, glasses, loads of towels, all the beds made and the place spotless. I would recommend the casa and your service", (2006 Client)