8 days in Bilbao, Santander & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

8 days in Bilbao, Santander & San Sebastian - Donostia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Spain travel route planner

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Bilbao
— 3 nights
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Santander
— 2 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 2 nights

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Bilbao

— 3 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Bilbao is known for museums, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Casco Viejo, steep yourself in history at La Ribera Market, pause for some photo ops at Puppy, and take in the views from Puente Zubizuri.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bilbao road trip tool.

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major aiports are Bilbao Airport and Santander Airport. In October in Bilbao, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santander.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
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Santander

— 2 nights

Spain's Most Elegant City

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.
On the 18th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Parque de la Naturaleza de Cabarceno, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Primera de El Sardinero, and then explore the historical opulence of Palacio de La Magdalena. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Monument to the Marques de Comillas, then admire the striking features of El Capricho de Gaudi, then examine the collection at Museo de Altamira, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Colegiata de Santillana del Mar.

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Traveling by car from Bilbao to Santander takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Bilbao in October, you will find days in Santander are slightly colder (22°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Santander

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Beaches

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San Sebastian - Donostia

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castillo de la Mota, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte Urgull, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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Traveling by car from Santander to San Sebastian - Donostia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Wineries · Nature · Parks
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