LE TRAIN DE LA RHUNE
Authentic rack railway
Col de Saint-Ignace
Tel. + 33(0)5 59 54 20 26
The Rhune Mountain is a symbol of the Basque Country. Take the little Rhune train to discover the breathtaking panoramic view from the summit, given 3 stars in Michelin’s Green Guide.
At over 900m, the summit of the Rhune is the first in the Pyrenean chain and offers a beautiful panorama of the Basque coast it dominates. From here you can see all 7 Basque provinces in France and Spain, the higher summits of the Pyrenees, the Basque coast from Biarritz to San Sebastián and the beaches of the Landes stretching as far as the eye can see. Sample the Spanish way of life in one of the 3 ventas (Spanish restaurant and souvenir shop).
The authentic vintage rack railway dates back to 1924 and takes you through the unspoiled natural landscape at 9km/hr. During the 35 min ascent you can discover the flora and fauna native to the Basque mountain.
The mountain is inhabited by Pottoks, small hardy Basque ponies roaming free, red headed Manech sheep and Griffon vultures native to the Pyrenees.