Walk to the Holzarte footbridge
If it’s a change of scenery you’re looking for, the Basque Country is an excellent destination for your next weekend getaway and holiday. It also has a priceless heritage treasure: the Passerelle d’Holzarté. Camping Beau Rivage is the ideal place to visit. The strategic location of the campsite makes it the ideal starting point for visiting the many exceptional sites in the Basque Country, including the Passerelle d’Holzarté.
The history of the Gateway
If you look closely, you will get the impression that the Holzarté Bridge is floating in the air. It was built in 1920. Renovated in 2010, it spans the 67 metres of the Olhadubi canyon. For tourists and hikers, it is a thrilling crossing.
In fact, the footbridge was very useful at the time. Before 1920, lumberjacks and other specialists in the wood industry had to cross the area bypassing the gorge. This meant that they had to cross from one bank to the other in order to transport the logs from the felled trees, which was a laborious task.
It was then that two Italian engineers, Lombardi and Morello, had the idea, in 1920, to build the famous Holzarte Bridge. It was a real challenge given the geological situation of the site. The two experts resorted to an ingenious technique using steel cables to support the connection between the two banks. Everything was done to ensure the safety of passers-by. This is how the inevitable bridge came into being to simplify the work of wood professionals. Today, it has become a magnificent tourist attraction.
The course of the walk to the Holzarté footbridge
It is by hiking that one must discover the splendour of the site. It is a loop of about 12 kilometres. In addition to discovering the Holzarté footbridge, hikers will enjoy the magnificent green setting that surrounds it. The 12.2 km long walk takes about 5 hours to complete. You will be accompanied step by step by the guides on site.
The hike starts from the Logibar hostel on the D26. In fact, this is the only way to get to the Passerelle d’Holzarté. Also, if you have a car, you can park it in the car park. Once you have done this, follow the signs to the site. Then just go straight on up the stairs and at the end follow the path to your final destination.
How do I get there? How far is the campsite? What to do next door?
The Holzarté Bridge can only be reached on foot. It’s a 2 hour walk to the bridge and back. On the other hand, the location of the Beau Rivage campsite makes it an excellent stopover on the way to your destination. It’s a 53 kilometre drive from the campsite to the campsite, which takes about an hour.
As far as activities are concerned, you are spoilt for choice. You can enjoy walks to discover the surrounding landscapes, an excellent restaurant, or a number of sporting and cultural activities: bike rides, visits to the region’s must-see sites (Ludopia space, Villa Ajina Yoga for your well-being), surfing, etc.
In short, you have everything you need for a wonderful and relaxing stay.