8 days in Basque Country Itinerary

8 days in Basque Country Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Basque Country visit planner

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Bilbao
— 3 nights
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San Sebastian - Donostia
— 3 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.
Step out of Bilbao with an excursion to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Casco Viejo, don't miss a visit to Taberna Plaza Nueva, get into the urban bustle at Azkuna Zentroa, and get outside with San Mames Stadium.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bilbao online road trip planner.

San Jose, USA to Bilbao is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from San Jose to Bilbao, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Jose in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Bilbao, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to San Sebastian - Donostia.

Things to do in Bilbao

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
On the 12th (Mon), indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Parte Vieja, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion, and finally look for gifts at Viva la Vida. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium, then don't miss a visit to Peine del Viento, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Igueldo, and finally kick back and relax at La Concha Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Sebastian - Donostia day trip planning app.

Getting from Bilbao to San Sebastian - Donostia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Parks · Tours · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Basque Country travel guide

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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.