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Village hotel, French border, Navarra

Urdax | Ref: HNAV2 | Bedrooms: 12

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This delightful rural hotel set on the edge of the village of Urdax right on the Spanish - French border offers the visitor a wealth of contrasts; to the one side the Navarran Pyrenees with fantastic walking and beautifully preserved villages and to the other the gently rolling meadows of the French Pays Basque, each side with its own traditions and with a gastronomic culture among the best in the land.

In Urdax and nearby Zugarramurdi there are caves, inhabited by man for thousands of years and famous for their association with witches; nearby on the French side there is the lake at St. Pere with beaches, restaurants, boating etc. and within half an hour's drive one can be on the Atlantic beaches of Hendaye, St Jean de Luz or Biarritz.

The hotel itself is a 200 year old "casa torre" which has in its time served as a palace, a prison, and a customs house, but has now been beautifully restored while preserving its original structure. Set among trees, it enjoys lovely views to the hills and the village, and its covered terrace and well kept grounds allow guests to take full advantage of the surrounding tranquility and beauty.

Rooms are spacious and nicely decorated in a country style with traditional materials and there is a common sitting room where guests can relax.

Accommodation Description

12 rooms (double / twin), all ensuite and with TV, music and telephone. 1 superior room available. Free Wi-Fi
NB Closed 26th Jun - 2nd Jul.

Facilities

Sitting room with fireplace and viewing gallery. Large breakfast room and covered terrace. Gardens with river running by. Laundry and fax service. Free Wi-Fi.

Restaurant

Breakfast only (choice of restaurants within walking distance). Bar service and snacks available.



Bedrooms:12
Beach:25km
Nearest Shop:In village a few minutes' walk
Bars/Restaurants:In village a few minutes' walk (3 restaurants)
Nearest Airport:Biarritz (30km)
Nearest Ferryport:Bilbao (170km)

Urdax

Almost straddling the French-Spanish border, the town of Urdax, along with it’s neighbouring village of Zugarramurdi, is renowned for it’s 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 hour’s 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, Señorio 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
Pamplona
Pamplona
Hondarribia
Hondarribia
Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles
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
Olite
Olite
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:

Flights:
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

"Beautiful view from terrace", (Client 2014)

"Friendly warm owners very welcoming and good quality hotel", (Client 2007)