The beautiful Basque Country is blessed with stunning landscapes. The region’s nature reserves, hills and mountains attract hikers, walker, pilgrimage, rock climbers, cyclists and adventure sport enthusiasts. Culture and history, Gothic cathedrals and myriad of museums which abound in Bilbao and the capital city of Vitoria-Gestaiz. The coastline is untainted by mass tourism and the region has a rich cultural heritage which sets the place apart from the rest of Spain and Europe. The Basques have often been described as a mysterious people: Where did they come from? What’s the source of their language? How did they survive as a people despite waves of invasion of Celts, Romans and Christian settlers? These hilly and coastal lands have been farmed, havens for shepherds and exploited for their mineral wealth for centuries and centuries by the Basque peoples who share a common language – Euskera. Euskera is a pre-Indoeuropean language and believed to have been in use since the pre-Roman era. The Basque Country (called Pais Vasco in Spanish) consists of the three Basque provinces of Guipuzcoa, Biscay and Alava which together form one of Spain 17 autonomous regions. Although rocky with high cliffs, the country’s coast has many inlets harboring small fishing villages and beautiful beaches.
The region has a maritime climate with moderate temperatures and wet weather all year round. These conditions have been essential in keeping the Basque Country one of the greenest regions in the map of Spain, on our tour we will explore the roots of Basque history and the legacy of 19th C unbridled nationalism, born in the industrial age, on contemporary society.
- Experience the unique Basque heritage with visits to pilgrimage sites and local bodegas
- Hikes include forested trails that lead to monasteries and ridge walks past ancient stone monuments
- Our goal is to show you the Basque Culture from the inside and help you participate in Basque daily life, being part of it. Feel free to ask our guide or friend Alex about any aspect of the culture you would like to participate in!
Day 1: Arrive in Bilbao
And transfer to San Sebastian( 1:30min Drive) check in to your hotel and rest for hour or 2, today we just had long journey. Tour briefing with first taste of wine and Basque dining. ( Dinner is not include in the price.)
Day 2: San Sebastian
It’s impossible to lay eyes on stunning San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia) and not fall madly in love. This city is cool and happening by night, charming and well mannered by day. It’s a city filled with people that love to indulge – and with Michelin stars apparently falling from the heavens onto its restaurants, not to mention pintxo (tapas) culture almost unmatched anywhere else in Spain, San Sebastián frequently tops lists of the world’s best places to eat. Enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many restaurants to stock up on calories for your walk ahead. It’s a day for preparation for our walks with city tour, There is many different tours you can do for day such like wine and dine tour, city tours, City bike tour. We suggest and organize 3 hours tours which cost 20 Euro each those who interested, Just put on your walking shoes and meet your local guide at the Kiosko of Alameda del Boulevard at 11am for morning departures. During this 3-hour walking tour, visit 15 significant sites in San Sebastian’s romantic Old Town area, learning about the people and culture of this Basque city as you go. Finish your experience with a pintxo (a traditional Basque snack) and drink at one of the many bars in San Sebastian’s Old Town. Overnight: San Sebastian
Day 3: San Sebastian to Getaria
Now its time to put proper boots on.. Leaving San Sebastian, head out along the coast to the well-preserved port town of Orio, and shipping town of Zarautz. Visit Torre Luzea, a 15th-century Gothic building. Next you have the choice of a higher inland route or a lower coastal option before reaching Getaria, a pretty harbour town. Walk: 20km, 6hrs Overnight Hotel: Getaria
Day 4: Getaria to Deba
From Getaria, the high and low routes re-join and return to the beach at Zumaia. A bit of ascent and descent brings you to Deba, where you can enjoy the beach. Walk: 16km, 4-5hrs Overnight: Deba
Day 5: Deba to Markina
The route heads inland from Deba, climbing over the mountains. Contrasting scenery to the previous days includes heavily forested hills. While it is also one of the most picturesque stages of Camino del Norte it is also a more difficult one. Walk: 20km, 5-6hrs Overnight: Markina
Day 6: Markina to Gernika
Follow a small creek towards the village of Bolibar and the medieval monastery of Zenarruza. Some nice quiet walking through woodland to enjoy before arriving in Gernika. Gernika is famous for Picasso’s masterpiece named after this town and inspired by Picasso’s disgust at the horrific bombing of Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. Walk: 23km, 6hrs Overnight: Gernika
Day 7: Gernika to Lezama
A short day today gives you more time to enjoy Bilbao tomorrow. Follow pleasant forest trails and small country roads for most of the way to Lezama—a small village just over the mountain from Bilbao. We can finish our Hike here for giving enough time for yourself to enjoy the ancient city of Bilbao.But next day is only 12 Km walk we can start early to finish early and rest in Bilbao. Walk: 21km, 5hrs Overnight: Estella
Day 8: Lezama to Bilbao
Walk through farmland to Zamudia, before a climb to the top of Monte Avril, a park offering excellent views of Bilbao. From here continue downhill to Bilbao. There is plenty to see in Bilbao including the famed Guggenheim Museum, made from titanium, glass and limestone. Other highlights include the Gothic Basilica of Begona and the cathedral. The city of Bilbao is the largest urban area and the most important industrial and commercial center in Basque Country. Bilbao has an attractive historic center with a Gothic cathedral and many other historical buildings. There are plenty of shops and bars in the area.The biggest attraction of Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum. Built in 1997, this astonishing building was designed by the American architect Frank O. Gehry, and is one of the 20th century’s greatest symbols of modern architecture. Its our last night we can go out and experience the night life and shopping. Walk: 12km, 3-hrs Overnight: Bilbao
Day 9: Onward Travel to home
Unless you are spending more time in Spain, enjoy breakfast and we will drop you to Airport until next time.