8 days in Basque Country Itinerary

8 days in Basque Country Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Basque Country sightseeing planner

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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 nights
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Bilbao
— 4 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia

— 3 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.
Visit La Concha Beach and Zurriola Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Parte Vieja and Castillo de la Mota. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take some stellar pictures from Monte Urgull, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Sebastian - Donostia, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and La Ribera Market. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Azkuna Zentroa and Lupita. When in Bilbao, make a side trip to see San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo, approximately Bermeo away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, admire the striking features of Catedral de Santiago, take an in-depth tour of Euskal Museoa Bilbao Basque Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Begona.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bilbao trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bilbao are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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Basque Country travel guide

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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.