18 days in Basque Country, Comillas & Noja Itinerary

18 days in Basque Country, Comillas & Noja Itinerary

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Bilbao
— 4 nights
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Comillas
— 2 nights
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Noja
— 2 nights
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Laguardia
— 7 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights
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Bilbao

— 4 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Get a sense of the local culture at Iglesia de Santa Maria and Ermita De San Juan De Gaztelugatxe. Basilica of Begona and Bilbao, Spain will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: Urdaibai Bird Center (in Gautegiz Arteaga), Castro Urdiales (Faro y Castillo de Santa Ana & Medieval Bridge Castro Urdiales) and Basondo (in Kortezubi). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa de Plentzia, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Verde, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Artxanda, and appreciate the history behind Puppy.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao day trip app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bilbao is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, things will get a bit warmer in Bilbao: highs are around 31°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Comillas.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Comillas

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Cobreces, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abadia de Santa Maria de Viaceli, admire the striking features of Casa del Duque de Almodovar del Rio, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Marques de Comillas, then make a trip to Parque Guell y Martos, and finally ponder the world of politics at Antiguo Ayuntamiento de Comillas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mirador De Santa Lucia, explore the activities along Parque Natural Oyambre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de la Barquera, then stroll through Playa de Berellin, and finally kick back and relax at Playa de Berellin.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Comillas online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Comillas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Bilbao in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Comillas: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Noja.

Things to do in Comillas

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Noja

— 2 nights
Noja is a municipality located in the autonomous community of Cantabria, Spain. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Del Marques Del Albaicin, stroll around Parque natural de las Marismas de Santona, identify plant and animal life at El molino de las aves, then get outside with Cabo de Ajo, and finally don't miss a visit to La Ojerada. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Museo de la Real Fabrica de Artilleria de La Cavada, then take in the dramatic natural features at Las Tetas de Lierganes, then examine the collection at Centro De Interpretacion Del Hombre Pez, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de Antuerta.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Noja tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Comillas to Noja takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Laguardia.

Things to do in Noja

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Laguardia

— 7 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodegas Roda and Church of Santo Tomas. Explore hidden gems such as Bodegas Valdelana and Bodegas Riojanas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Laguardia: San Vicente de la Sonsierra (Castillo De San Vicente & Ermita de San Juan de Arriba) and Ermita de San Felices de Bilibio (in Haro).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Laguardia driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Noja to Laguardia takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Noja in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Laguardia, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Laguardia

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia

— 2 nights

Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Plaza de Guipuzkoa, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Vicente, step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota, visit La calle 31 de agosto, then make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, and finally glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica del Santo Cristo de Lezo, steep yourself in history at Calle San Pedro, don't miss a visit to Plaza de Armas, then don't miss a visit to Ermita de Guadalupe, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Jaizkibel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Laguardia to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Laguardia in September: highs in San Sebastian - Donostia hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Basque Country travel guide

4.4
Art Museums · Beaches · Landmarks
Proud of its distinctive culture, the Basque Country is known to its local population as Euskadi or Euskal Herria, "Land of Basque Speakers." Widely regarded as one of the world’s best destinations for gastronomic itineraries, this region includes several major culinary centers, not the least of which is San Sebastián, known for its singular tapas or "pintxos," as the locals call them. The region’s big cities boast not only award-winning restaurants, but also numerous galleries, museums, and historical attractions. Beyond these urban centers, Basque culture thrives in villages dotting the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, which are home to a multitude of world-class wineries and innovative cider cellars.

Cantabria travel guide

4.1
Beaches · Zoos · Architectural Buildings
A region rich in archeological attractions, Cantabria is perhaps best known for Altamira cave, often called the "Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art." A land of lush vegetation and colorful artistic heritage, it’s also home to numerous nature reserves, mountain valleys, and short but very rapid rivers. Offering a little of everything, its sandy beaches and modern seaside resorts have brought about a boom in international tourism. Deeper inland, quiet country roads and an extensive network of trails offer a chance for leisurely sightseeing in this rugged region on foot, or by car or bicycle.