Worth a Trip: La Rhune

The mountain is best approached from Col de St-Ignace, 3km northwest of Sare on the D4 (the St-Jean de Luz road). From here, you can take a fairly strenuous five-hour (return; about 11km) hike, or have all the hikers curse you by hopping on Le Petit Train de la Rhune. This charming little wooden train takes 35 minutes to haul itself up the 4km to the summit. In July and August departures are every 40 minutes; the rest of the time there are about nine per day. Be prepared for a wait of up to an hour in high summer if you haven't bought your ticket online.