The base of Larrun (La Rhune) is only about a 40 minute drive from Biarritz, in a town called Sare. Larrun has lush vegetation, wild horses, streams that look like they're from a story book and views of the ocean and mountains. This is Basque Country at its best.
When leaving Saint Jean de Luz on the coast-to-coast Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP) walking route; Larrun is the first peak you come across. The summit at 901m (2956 ft) is on the border of Spain and France. For those less inclined to do the 2 to 3 hour hike up the mountain there is a beautiful train that leaves from Sare several times a day, you can even go round-trip. The train was first opened in 1924 and has been maintained impeccably. Take a break at the summit where there are some restaurants, gift shops, and a view like no other.
Their site can be viewed in English, French, Spanish or Basque;
-The park is open all year long. While many go during the summer, the winter can also be especially nice when there's snow!
-During the summer months parking can be quite difficult. However, there are many charter buses that can ease the congestion.
-Also during the summer it is highly recommended to purchase tickets for the train online before you go.
-The train is not wheelchair accessible nor are the trails.
-The base of the mountain (on the French side) does have public bathrooms but the trails do not.
-There are restaurants, gift shops and picnic tables at the base of the mountain.