Northern Pyrenees in Late September

Jan 17th, 2016, 05:47 PM
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Northern Pyrenees in Late September

We are thinking of driving from San Sebastian/Donostia to Bayonne and back in late September, is snow usually a problem or should we simply take the train?


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Jan 17th, 2016, 11:47 PM
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There shouldn't be any problem in late September. The Irrati Forest will be showing its fall colors (http://www.turismo.navarra.es/eng/or...so.aspx?o=3041) and it will still be warm if you drive up through Roncesvalles, but the road to Bayonne is along the coast.

The only snow you'll see will be in the Aragon Pyrenees.
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Jan 18th, 2016, 07:08 AM
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Thank you Robert.
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Anytime!
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Jan 18th, 2016, 12:18 PM
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Thanks again.

Right now, the air fares from NYC to MAD are insane. So we will probably fly through Dublin with a standard carrier and still save hundreds of dollars. We have the extra days.
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Jan 18th, 2016, 01:24 PM
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Be sure to visit the Musée Basque (musee-basque.com) while in Bayonne (Baïona in Basque).

For lunch you can try chef Christophe Pascal's Le Bayonnais, at 38 Quai des Corsaires, or Le Bistrot Itsaski at 43 Quai Amiral Jaureguiberry, across the river.

Of course the top restaurant in Bayonne is still Le Cheval Blanc, at 68 Rue Bourgneuf (www.cheval-blanc-bayonne.com/en). Reservations required. There is a lunch menu for only 24€, a glass of wine included.
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Jan 18th, 2016, 01:51 PM
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Thank you for the Bayonne hints. Baïona in Basque and similar to Biona in Galicia.
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Jan 24th, 2016, 03:55 AM
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what route are you thinking of taking?
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Jan 24th, 2016, 05:55 AM
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tut tut ...it is Bayona in Spanish or Baiona in Galician.
Biona is brand of animal food. ;-)
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Jan 24th, 2016, 08:28 AM
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Biona is brand of animal food.

And Bimbo is the name of a bread.
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We are taking the route of least resistance. We will be driving from San Sebastian/Donostia. I have not driven in that part of the world. Walked, flew, train, bus, but not driven.
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You'll have to have some change to pay the tolls at the border and to continue on to Bayonne. You can take the coastal route, getting off the highway before the airport in Biarrtiz and save a few euros, but it's slower going.

We usually take the old smuggler's route through Bera in Navarra, which takes you through Sare, where you can stop for coffee. From there you can be in Bayonne in under an hour, avoiding the heavy traffic on the A-63. It's a much nicer drive.
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Thank you Robert, that sounds excellent.
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And Bimbo is the name of a bread.
Bonka for coffee too.
https://www.bonka.es/
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