17 days in Basque Country Itinerary

17 days in Basque Country Itinerary

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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Bilbao Airport, Drive to Boveda
— 1 night
— 1 night
San Sebastian - Donostia
— 6 nights
— 7 nights



— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Salt Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Parque Natural de Valderejo and then don't miss a visit to Santa Eulalia de Boveda.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Boveda trip planner.

San Jose, USA to Boveda is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Jose in April: high temperatures in Boveda hover around 63°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Elciego.

Things to do in Boveda

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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— 1 night
Elciego is a town and municipality located at the southern end of the province of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain.This town lies in the world-famous Rioja wine-production region, and is home to the architecturally cutting-edge Hotel Marqués de Riscal, opened in 2006, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Santa Maria de los Reyes, learn about winemaking at Bodega Casa Primicia, then do a tasting at Bodegas Solar de Samaniego, and finally learn about winemaking at Bodegas Marques de Riscal.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Elciego trip planning website.

Drive from Boveda to Elciego in 1.5 hours. April in Elciego sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Elciego

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 11:

San Sebastian - Donostia

— 6 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.
Visit Historic Center of Hondarribia and Castillo de la Mota for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Parte Vieja and Miramar Palace. Dedicate the 15th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Concha Beach, stop by Koloreka, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, and take some stellar pictures from Monte Urgull.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia planning site.

Getting from Elciego to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Sebastian - Donostia are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bilbao.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 11 — 17:


— 7 nights

Modern Capital of Spain

A city of stunning architectural and artistic heritage, Bilbao is situated on the banks of the Nervión River.
Get outdoors at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Urdaibai Bird Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Casco Viejo and La Ribera Market. Get out of town with these interesting Bilbao side-trips: Vitoria-Gasteiz (Deposito de Agua - Montermoso, Catedral de Santa Maria, &more) and Hegaluze (in Bermeo). Dedicate the 20th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: get into the urban bustle at Azkuna Zentroa, get great views at El Balcon de Bizkaia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bilbao, Spain, and get outside with San Mames Stadium.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bilbao day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Sebastian - Donostia to Bilbao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bilbao

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

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Basque Country travel guide

Art Museums · Beaches · Landmarks
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.