French Basque Coast

Ciboure: River and Sea Paths

Flickr: David McKelvey

Ciboure is a pretty coastal town across the river Nivelle from the harbour of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Friend of Great Runs Mark Miller has put together this scenic 8k route on paths to a historic waterfront fort, along the Unctxin River, and then on the seafront promenade toward the port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

Fort de Roca. Mark Miller

Start near the Plage de Ciboure (Beach), and enjoy a scenic 2 km out and back to the Fort de Socoa, built in 1627, with a circular tower & views of the ocean bay. Great views of the fort, water, and buildings of the traditional Basque style of Lapurdi. Then do another 2 km loop on the quai paths along the Unctxin River. Then, head east along Bd. Pierre Benoît to Saint-Jean-de-Luz. There’s a wide sidewalk, with open views to the bay. It’s 2 km to the port/harbour of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Turn around and retrace your steps to the start.

Plage de Ciboure. Mark Miller

Add-Ons: See our Saint-Jean-de-Luz route for paths along the river Nivelle and promenade along the Grand Plage. In Ciboure, the scenic Rte de la Corniche road rides above the water west toward Hendaye — however it’s a busy road with no shoulder and we can’t recommend it for running.

 

 

Essentials
  • 8.1 km (5 miles)
  • 40m (130 feet)
  • Plage de Ciboure
  • A bus runs along the main coastal road

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Essentials
  • 8.1 km (5 miles)
  • 40m (130 feet)
  • Plage de Ciboure
  • A bus runs along the main coastal road