7 days in Basque Country & Navarra Itinerary

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— 2 nights
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 nights
— 1 night


Bilbao — 2 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Go for a jaunt from Bilbao to Bermeo to see San Juan de Gaztelugatxe about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Casco Viejo, admire the masterpieces at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, do a tasting at Bodega Talleri Upeltegia, and catch some excitement at La Ribera Market.

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Madrid to Bilbao is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect nights in Bilbao to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.
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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.
San Sebastian - Donostia is known for beaches, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, explore the world behind art at San Telmo Museoa, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

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Getting from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Olite.
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Olite — 1 night

Olite is a town and municipality located in the Comarca de Tafalla comarca, Merindad de Olite merindad, in Navarre, Spain.According to Isidore of Seville's, the town of Oligicus was founded by Swinthila, Visigothic King of Hispania in order to control and punish the Vascones. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at Bardenas Reales, then explore the historical opulence of Palacio Real de Olite, and then pause for some photo ops at Cerco de Artajona.

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Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Olite takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Basque Country travel guide

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.

Navarra travel guide

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Today known predominately for its internationally acclaimed wine production, Navarra is also home to the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona. Less well known is its portion of the St. James’ Way, in the southwest, along which monasteries, chapels, and quaint villages welcome travelers on this pilgrimage walk. Bordered to the north by the Pyrenees mountain range, Navarra boasts an attractive combination of forested peaks and lush valleys ideal for outdoor activity. As the capital city, Pamplona is the region’s cultural hub.