11 days in Basque Country Itinerary

11 days in Basque Country Itinerary

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11 days in Basque Country Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Bilbao
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Samaniego
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h
End: Sofia

2
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get outside with San Mames Stadium and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Sopelana Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Urdaibai Bird Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Plentzia.

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Sofia, Bulgaria to Bilbao is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sopelana Beach, Urdaibai Bird Center
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San Mames Stadium ©
San Mames Stadium
Urdaibai Bird Center ©
Urdaibai Bird Center
Sopelana Beach ©
Sopelana Beach

4
nights
San Sebastian - Donostia

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
Get outdoors at Playa de Zarautz and Ondarreta Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Telmo Museoa and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore San Sebastian - Donostia's surroundings by going to Zumaia (Playa de Itzurun & Ermita de San Telmo) and Historic Center of Hondarribia (in Hondarribia). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zurriola Beach, make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, explore the historical opulence of Castillo de la Mota, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Sebastian - Donostia day trip tool .

You can take a bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Samaniego.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zumaia, Historic Center of Hondarribia, Playa de Zarautz
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Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach
Playa de Zarautz ©
Playa de Zarautz
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Samaniego

Samaniego ©
Samaniego is a town and municipality located in the province of Araba (Álava), in the Basque Country (autonomous community), northern Spain. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodegas Baigorri and Bodegas Solar de Samaniego. Change things up with these side-trips from Samaniego: Vitoria-Gasteiz (Parque de la Florida & Anillo Verde) and Salt Valley (in Salinas de Anana). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Bodega Casa Primicia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dolmen De Los Llanos, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Samaniego trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Samaniego takes 2 hours. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May, Samaniego is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Samaniego

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Laguardia, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bodegas Valdelana, Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri, Salt Valley
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Bodegas Baigorri ©
Bodegas Baigorri
Bodega Casa Primicia ©
Bodega Casa Primicia
Bodegas Solar de Samaniego ©
Bodegas Solar de Samaniego

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