We'll drive 20 minutes to the start of our walk in the area of Arbailles, then hike cicular route through chesnut and hazelnut forests, past limestone formations to reach the Col d'Oxibar, where we'll enjoy a picnic and breathtaking views of the Pyrenean mountain range to the South. We'll complete the second half of our circuit, returning to our vehicle, to drive 5 minutes to a natural hot spring at the entrance to an ancient grotto, where we will bathe in its curative and restorative waters of 33,5°C. Whilst at the spring I will recount the fables nd mythologies from Soule's ancient Basque culture. We will then dive home to our home for a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Me and my wife, Anne, are nature enthousiasts, who, off the beaten-track, spend our time seeking out authentic and unique experiences for our guests. We live in Soule (Xiberoa) in the heart of the Basque Coutry, where we host guests in our rooms. Anne is a qualified yoga teacher, and we're both experienced trekkers, having travelled and lived in countries like Turkey, Spain, Egypt and Nepal, amongst others. We love hosting groups in our community, guiding them to places they would otherwise miss, were they just sticking to the beaten tracks.
A picnic of french bread, cheese, salad and desert.
Water and tea.
To and from transportation in our car.
First aid kit for minor discomforts such as nettle stings.
We'll be in walking in the Arbailles forests where we will hike 4.5 kilomteres to Col d'Oxibar at an altitude of 589 metres. After we descend we will soak away the effort of our hike in the natural, curative and restorative hot pring waters of 33,5°C in the Ibargonea stream.
Good walking shoes and poles.
Our hike is in the local foothills and geared toward moderate to strenuous. We never expose our guests to any sort of risk, and stay on well-marked footpaths, within easy access of local roads.
Mountain hike and hot spring bath.