8 days in Bilbao, San Sebastian - Donostia & Biarritz Itinerary

8 days in Bilbao, San Sebastian - Donostia & Biarritz Itinerary

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Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 2 nights
Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
Bus to Bilbao, Fly to Lisbon


Bilbao, Spain

— 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, and then take a stroll through Casco Viejo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, then take in the views from Vizcaya Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bilbao trip itinerary builder.

Lisbon, Portugal to Bilbao is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Bilbao due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bilbao: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

— 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.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Monte Urgull, don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then wander the streets of Parte Vieja, then make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, and finally take in the waterfront at Paseo Nuevo.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Biarritz, France

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biarritz: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia), Chapelle de Socorri (in Urrugne) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). There's lots more to do: get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, stroll through Sentier du Littoral, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz.

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Getting from San Sebastian - Donostia to Biarritz by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Biarritz can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips