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San Sebastián Outdoor sports

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From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

1. From Bilbao: Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian Tour

See villages trapped in between mountains like the villages of Durango, Eibar and Elgoibar! Arrive at the core of the province, and after the industrial village of Azkoitia, you will arrive at your first stop, the Sanctuary of Loyola, hometown of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Here you will visit the Basilica and the tower house where he was born and lived. Depending on the time, you may wish to attend a ceremony. Next you follow the route towards the coast on the north, passing through Azpeitia. You will also pass through Zestoa, a famous natural spa village with healing waters that attracted the royalty of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Later you will arrive to the coast at Zumaia, a beautiful village very much appreciated by Basque summer tourists. Following the coastal road you will arrive at your next stop, Getaria. A unique medieval fishing village and hometown of famous figures like captain Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel around the world by sea), and Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous designer. Then you will pass by Zarauz, a beautiful tourist spot with the largest beach in the province of Gipuzkoa. You will arrive finally to San Sebastian (or Donostia) where you will do a panoramic tour of the city. After lunch, you will do a walking tour into the old quarter visiting the most interesting streets and locations before returning to Bilbao in the evening. Follow the highway towards the east, into the province of Gipuzkoa. On the way to the Sanctuary of Loyola, you will be able to admire the areas of inner Basque Country, combined with rural valleys and industrial

From San Sebastián: Basque-France Coastline Private Tour

2. From San Sebastián: Basque-France Coastline Private Tour

Travel the Basque French Coastline, skipping from town to town stopping for the highlights of each township. Spend time exploring each unique feature of beauty that differentiates each township from the next. Visit the town that inspired the writings for Victor Hugo, in Pasajes San Juan. Visit the famous town of Biarritz, known as the pearl of the coast. This tour will make sure to travel along the way through the highlights of Saint Jean de Luz and Hendaya for their French Basque qualities. Find the Basque Spanish influenced settlements as a unique twist from the French.  Experience a turn in time, in Hondarribia a Spanish down known for the best preserved medieval architecture. Visit too the 16th century attributions that have been well preserved as a quaint sight to see. From Jaizibel mountain see the best sights of the region. Looking at both the Spanish countryside in one direction, the French countryside in one direction and the second largest bay in the world open to beautiful Atlantic Sea in the next direction. 

Zarautz, Getaria And Zumaia From San Sebastian

3. Zarautz, Getaria And Zumaia From San Sebastian

The delights of the coast of Gipuzkoa can be found beyond than the astonishing beaches of San Sebastian: nice villages on the beach such as Zarautz can be discovered, where tourists from all over the world spend their summer enjoying Basque culture, gastronomy and environment at its best. On the other hand, Getaria, with her tiny marina and txakoli vineyards, offers the visitor a wide variety of landscapes. The tour is topped by a stop at the top of Itzurun beach, at Zumaia, where the 7th season of Game of Thrones was shot as a location for Dragonstone.

Hike From San Sebastian To San Pedro Across St James Way

4. Hike From San Sebastian To San Pedro Across St James Way

Our city is known for its amazing beaches, but the green environment that surrounds it is one of its best kept secrets. The St. James's Way (Camino de Santiago) stretch that crosses San Sebastian, suitable for all the family, is the best example. Hike it with us until San Pedro (Pasaia in Basque language), a little and lovely fishing village that will delight your eyes. Cross mt. Ulia on your way, with astonishing viewpoints of San Sebastian and the bay of Pasaia, including mt. Ulia's lighthouse. A good local pintxo is included to restock on energy! And, of course, we take care of the return trip: a car will be waiting for us after our hike is done to take us back to San Sebastian.

From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

5. From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

The first stop on the tour is Saint Jean Pied De Port which is considered the start point on the famous St. James Way, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The Basque language is still spoken on both sides of the border of this stunning medieval town. Next, it's the town of Bidarray, an off the track town in the countryside. Drive along the famous Pass Du Roland to get to Espelette town. Labourd style houses make this town unique, as it's known for its dried red peppers hanging from their facades. Taste some of the typical products of the region. Ainhoa is known for its church, a cemetery full of the traditional disc-topped monuments and white and red houses - a very typical Basque village. Finally, it's Sare, one of the most beautiful villages. Placed at the base of the first mountain in the Pyrenees mountain range, La Rhune, Sare is a major prehistoric site and has carefully preserved.

From San Sebastian: Biarritz & French Basque Coast Day Trip

6. From San Sebastian: Biarritz & French Basque Coast Day Trip

Experience the best of the French section of the Basque Coast on this day trip from San Sebastián. Explore Saint Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Hondarribia, and Guethary. Discover quaint fishing villages, Michelin-starred cuisine, and breathtaking views.  After getting picked up from your hotel, travel to the city of Biarritz. Here, learn about the city's history as a surfer mecca and enjoy a walk along the seaside promenade. Stop by Les Halles market to experience the best of French cuisine including its cheeses, its charcuterie, and its bakeries and patisseries. Continue to Guethary and learn why Madonna was so captivated by the charming and peaceful seaside village. Next, head to the birthplace of the macaron, the Maison Adam patisserie in Saint Jean de Luz, and learn about the town's pirate history. Travel along the Route de la Corniche to reach Hondarribia, a city at the forefront of world cuisine. Stop for lunch and choose from pintxos or Michelin-starred dining. On the way back, take in views of the Basque coast and Mount Jaizkibel.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Definitely worth it! Loved our time with our tour guide who was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. She was there earlier than pick up time at our hotel and we finished slightly later than scheduled which wasn't a problem. She brought us to the loveliest areas and chose a restaurant with the best views! We wouldn't have been able to enjoy the Basque Country side without her!

Excellent excursion program. Everything is done clearly and punctually. The guide Stefan perfectly organized the trip. Many thanks for a wonderful day.

A good way to see the Bilbao area. Very nice guide. Esteban switched effortlessly from Spanish to English. San Sebastian was a positive surprise.

Our guide (Stefan) was extremely pleasant and informative. We felt the tour was very good value and a great introduction to Basque culture.

Extraordinaria experiencia; nuestra guía Begonia muy conocedora, amable y considerada. Lo repito.