7 days in Spain & Basque Country Itinerary

7 days in Spain & Basque Country Itinerary

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7 days in Spain & Basque Country Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Biarritz, France
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
3
Pamplona, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santander, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bilbao, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel


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1
night
Biarritz, France

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): meet the residents at Aquarium de Biarritz, take some stellar pictures from Rocher de la Vierge, then stroll through La Cote des Basques, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Biarritz trip itinerary builder website .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Biarritz is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, Biarritz is a bit cooler than Tel Aviv - with highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

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Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at La Concha Beach, stop by Ganbara, take a stroll through Parte Vieja, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Biarritz to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in San Sebastian - Donostia can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Pamplona.

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La Concha Beach ©
La Concha Beach
Parte Vieja ©
Parte Vieja

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night
Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona
Pamplona or Iruña is the historical capital city of Navarre, in Spain, and of the former Kingdom of Navarre.The city is famous worldwide for the running of the bulls during the San Fermín festival, which is held annually from July 6 to 14. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Urbasa Andia, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santo Domingo, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally admire the striking features of Catedral de Pamplona.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Pamplona road trip website .

Traveling by bus from San Sebastian - Donostia to Pamplona takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Sebastian - Donostia in May since evenings lows in Pamplona dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santander.

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Catedral de Pamplona
Catedral de Pamplona
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Parque Natural Urbasa Andia ©
Parque Natural Urbasa Andia

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Santander, Spain

Santander ©
Known for its prime north coast location and elegant city center, Santander remains the central destination for tourism and commerce in the whole Cantabrian region.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): head off the coast to Mouro Island, explore the historical opulence of Palacio de La Magdalena, and then explore the striking landscape of Peninsula of Magdalena.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santander trip builder site .

You can drive from Pamplona to Santander in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pamplona in May, expect nights in Santander to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

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Peninsula of Magdalena ©
Peninsula of Magdalena
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Palacio de La Magdalena
Mouro Island ©
Mouro Island

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Bilbao, Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 12th (Tue), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, snap pictures at White Bridge (Zubi Zuri), experience the excitement of La Ribera Market, then take a stroll through Casco Viejo, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bilbao trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santander to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santander in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Bilbao, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Casco Viejo ©
Casco Viejo
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao ©
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

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