Coastal Day Trips from San Sebastian

Located less than a few minutes away from San Sebastian, Pasaia or Pasajes, the main working port of Gipuzkoa. Pasaia bay is one of the few natural fjords along the Basque Coast making it a natural port steeped with history. Here the mountains Ulia and Jaizkibel descend into a busy fishing port that hides a few secret charms.

Famous “Le Miserable” author Victor Hugo, was so enchanted by the charm of this seaside town that he made it his home during the summer of 1843. Today you can visit the fishing home and learn about his memoirs in this town at one of the fishing homes that lines the streets.

Lined with interesting houses and temples, picturesque restaurants and coastline that branches out. There is an abundance of fresh seafood and shellfish. And for those interested in a stroll a route along the coast for a picturesque seaside hike.

Optional visits include the Ondartxo Maritime Museum, a former ship building yard turned museum, next to it is parked the old steam boat Jaizkibel. Along with this historic steam boat the Naval Museum has various replicas of traditional Basque vessels. Finally, the Barco Museo Mater is a traditional tuna fishing ship that offers guided visits on foot and by sea to get to know the bay. With a long sea faring tradition, this part of the coast offers a little bit of everything for history and nature lovers.

Hondarribia

By far the grandest city along this route is Hondarribia, once called Fuenterrabía, seated at the mouth of the Bidasoa river, right along the borders between France and Spain, Hondarribia is a maritime town and also an important tourism center. Its walled casco antiguo is filled with noble palaces and has been declared a historical monument.

At the highest point of the old town, is the Plaza de Armas. From here you can enjoy views of the city and the ocean below. On one end of the plaza is the Castle of King Carlos V, a stone fortress that is now a Parador.

Throughout the old town, with its cobble stone streets you will find numerous churches, palaces and noble houses. At the bottom of the hill we also discover the charming neighbourhood of La Marina, filled with great bars, restaurants and ambience. The houses painted in traditional fishing village colors, reminds us of what typical Basque lifestyle was like when the town was still a sleepy fishing village.

A visit to these two charming towns is a perfect day trip from San Sebastian or Bilbao. Your guide will accompany you through the town for a walking tour and provide recommendations for a delicious lunch as you enjoy the scenery at your leisure.

Details & Reservation

When: Every Day
Availability: On Request
Duration: Full Day - 8 Hours
Price: On Request
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What´s Included: Bilingual local guide
Private transportation to and from your accommodation
Options: It's possible to start/end this tour from a different location * Additional charges apply

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