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San Sebastian - Donostia
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San Sebastian - Donostia — 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colegiata de Roncesvalles and Monastero di Roncisvalle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia de San Salvador and Iglesia de Sta. Maria de Eunate. Take a break from San Sebastian - Donostia with a short trip to Caserio Museo Igartubeiti in Ezkio, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Parte Vieja, identify plant and animal life at Selva de Irati, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach.

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London, UK to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 12-hour train ride. You can also fly; or take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Sebastian - Donostia is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from London in July since evenings lows in San Sebastian - Donostia dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Vitoria-Gasteiz.
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Vitoria-Gasteiz — 4 nights

Green Capital of Spain

The capital of the Basque country, Vitoria-Gasteiz is a medieval city with lively suburbs and a traditional but elegant urban feel.
Get some historical perspective at Monasterio de Santa Maria La Real and Catedral de Maria Inmaculada. Capilla de Los Condestables and Casa del Cordon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vitoria-Gasteiz: Bodegas David Moreno (in Badaran), Haro (Bodega La Rioja Alta S.A. & Bodegas y Vinedos Gomez Cruzado) and Laguardia (Bodega Casa Primicia & Bodegas Ysios). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castle of the Dukes of Frias, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ermita de San Pantaleon de Losa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Santa Maria, and learn about winemaking at Bodegas Lecea.

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Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Vitoria-Gasteiz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in July since evenings lows in Vitoria-Gasteiz dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Basque Country travel guide

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.