60 days in Basque Country Itinerary

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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 17 nights
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Zarautz
— 12 nights
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Laguardia
— 10 nights
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Bilbao
— 20 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia — 17 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.
Explore San Sebastian - Donostia's surroundings by going to Hondarribia (Playa de Hondarribia & Historic Center of Hondarribia) and Peru-Harri - Museo Inaki Perurena (in Leiza). Dedicate the 6th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach, don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia sightseeing tool.

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, San Sebastian - Donostia is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Zarautz.
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Zarautz — 12 nights

Zarautz is a coastal town located in central Gipuzkoa, in Spain. Change things up with these side-trips from Zarautz: Abadino (Santuario de los Santos Antonios de Urkiola & Alluitz Natura), Playa Karraspio (in Lekeitio) and Nacedero del Urederra (in Baquedano). There's lots more to do: stroll through Playa de Zarautz, take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Anton, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de San Salvador, and take a leisurely stroll along Paseo Costero.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Zarautz day trip planning app.

Zarautz is just a stone's throw from San Sebastian - Donostia. August in Zarautz sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Laguardia.
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Laguardia — 10 nights

Take a break from Laguardia with a short trip to Bodegas Valenciso in Ollauri, about 32 minutes away.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Laguardia online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zarautz to Laguardia in 2 hours. When traveling from Zarautz in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Laguardia: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bilbao.
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Bilbao — 20 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (in Bermeo), BYRA - Craft Beer - Cerveza Artesana (in Nanclares de la Oca) and Vitoria-Gasteiz (Anillo Verde, Ayuntamiento De Vitoria-Gasteiz, &more). Dedicate the 25th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, get into the urban bustle at Azkuna Zentroa, and take in the views from Puente Zubizuri.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bilbao online vacation planner.

Drive from Laguardia to Bilbao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Bilbao are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Basque Country travel guide

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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.
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