Whenever I come to Spain I always go cycling in the mountains because for me mountains are beautiful and you can get extraordinary views.
I can remember when I was 11 we went from Etxalar to Sare and we climbed up Palomeras. That day we did 39 km. The road was very good on the Spanish side but it was bad on the French side. Etxalar is a very nice village. They have got good restaurants and the local people are welcoming.