57 days in Basque Country Itinerary

57 days in Basque Country Itinerary

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57 days in Basque Country Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + bus:  19​h 45​min
1
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Elorrio
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Labastida
— 15 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bilbao
— 14 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: San Diego

13
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.
Parte Vieja and San Telmo Museoa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Miramar Palace and Iglesia de Santa Maria del Coro for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia de San Salvador (in Getaria), Historic Center of Hondarribia (in Hondarribia) and Photomuseum (in Zarautz). Dedicate the 17th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Buen Pastor Cathedral, take advantage of the amenities at Ondarreta Beach, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Sebastian - Donostia trip itinerary builder app .

San Diego, USA to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect San Sebastian - Donostia to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Elorrio.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Zarautz, Zumaia, Historic Center of Hondarribia, Iglesia de San Salvador
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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Monte Igueldo ©
Monte Igueldo
Monte Urgull ©
Monte Urgull

13
nights
Elorrio

Elorrio ©
Elorrio is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, in the Basque Country, Spain. Relax by the water at Playa de Deba and Playa Karraspio. Get in touch with nature at Urkiola Natural Park and Robles Centenarios. Change things up with these side-trips from Elorrio: Urretxu (Aikur - Erle Museoa- Museo de Las Abejas & Parroquia de San Martin de Tours), Templo de la Antigua (in Zumarraga) and Onati (Cuevas de Onati-Arrikrutz & Santuario de Aranzazu). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Necropolis de Argineta, get a new perspective on nature at Museo Hontza, do a tasting at Bodegas Valdemar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Urkiola.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Elorrio tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Elorrio takes an hour. Traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Elorrio, with lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Labastida.

Things to do in Elorrio

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lekeitio, Onati, Agurain, Leintz-Gatzaga, Basque Country
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Urkiola Natural Park ©
Urkiola Natural Park
Necropolis de Argineta ©
Necropolis de Argineta
Santuario de Aranzazu ©
Santuario de Aranzazu

15
nights
Labastida

Labastida ©
Popular historic sites such as Catedral de Santa Maria and Torre Palacio De Los Varona are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Bodega Casa Primicia and Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Labastida: Parque Natural de Valderejo (in Lalastra), Embalse de Sobron y desfiladero (in Sobron) and Salt Valley (in Salinas de Anana).

Make your Labastida itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Elorrio to Labastida in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Labastida are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in Labastida

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Laguardia, Elciego, Villabuena de Alava, Samaniego
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Bodegas Marques de Riscal ©
Bodegas Marques de Riscal
Catedral de Santa Maria ©
Catedral de Santa Maria
Castillo de Portilla ©
Castillo de Portilla

14
nights
Bilbao

Bilbao ©
A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and Bilbao, Spain. You'll get in some beach time at Playa de Azkorri and Playa Verde. Explore Bilbao's surroundings by going to Urdaibai Bird Center (in Gautegiz Arteaga), San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (in Bermeo) and Urdaihide (in Sukarrieta). Dedicate the 29th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, enjoy some diversion at La Ribera Market, admire the striking features of Catedral de Santiago, and don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bilbao online journey planner .

Getting from Labastida to Bilbao by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Labastida in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Bilbao, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Acantilados de Barrika, Torre de Villela-Torrebillela, Ruta Lineal del Nervion, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Urdaihide
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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe ©
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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