9 days in Spain & Basque Country Itinerary

9 days in Spain & Basque Country Itinerary

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9 days in Spain & Basque Country Itinerary

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


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2
nights
Bilbao, Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
On the 7th (Thu), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, catch some excitement at La Ribera Market, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, then wander the streets of Casco Viejo, and finally explore the world behind art at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bilbao tour itinerary planning app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Bilbao is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Bilbao, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in May, expect Bilbao to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santander.

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Palacio de La Magdalena, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peninsula of Magdalena, and then head off the coast to Mouro Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santander route builder website .

Traveling by car from Bilbao to Santander takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Bilbao, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santander, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Pamplona.

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

1
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. On the 10th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Parque Natural Urbasa Andia, then pause for some photo ops at Alto del Perdon, then admire the landmark architecture of Catedral de Pamplona, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pamplona visit planning app .

You can drive from Santander to Pamplona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santander in May: highs in Pamplona hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Pamplona

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Alto del Perdon
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Parque Natural Urbasa Andia ©
Parque Natural Urbasa Andia
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Catedral de Pamplona
Catedral de Pamplona

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nights
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 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at La Concha Beach, then make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion, then wander the streets of Parte Vieja, and finally let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Igueldo, and then take in the waterfront at Paseo Nuevo.

Before you visit San Sebastian - Donostia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Pamplona to San Sebastian - Donostia by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Pamplona in May, San Sebastian - Donostia is a bit warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

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

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nights
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 13th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium de Biarritz, get great views at Rocher de la Vierge, then enjoy the sand and surf at La Cote des Basques, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Biarritz itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Biarritz in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Biarritz sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Biarritz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bayonne
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Rocher de la Vierge ©
Rocher de la Vierge
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne ©
Cathedrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne

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