Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Touring and hiking in Dordogne/Basque region in April?
Since I like to leave things to the last minute, I now ask advice for bike touring in southwest France
Myself and the gf want to do about 7-8 days, from about 1 April. We've both previously lived in France, so cultural issues aren't a problem. But we want to see a couple of amazing things, avoid drastic hills, avoid doing anything stupid like trying to ride through a snow-covered area, etc...
I'm reading through a couple of suggested itineraries atm, but would welcome any other thoughts. Basically I think I'd like to get as close to the border of spain as possible without hitting those inconvenient mountains. The Périgord region sounds very nice - I haven't been before. But I've done the Loire Valley twice and loved it both times.
I think ideally we'd hire bikes* somewhere, do a one way trip with a train back to the start point. Then we want to do some hiking in northern spain/basque country...but if cycling there is a good idea, we could do that too.
Obviously we're a bit concerned about the weather. April is hardly a sunny proposition. Suggestions for making the best of it?
So...any ideas, suggested reading etc, would be gratefully appreciated.
* We both have nice touring bikes, but it's probably just too much hassle, given we'll be in Europe for a month, with lots of plane flights etc.