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8-Day San Sebastian to Bilbao Walking Tour

8-Day San Sebastian to Bilbao Walking Tour

8 Days/7 Nights
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Itinerary
    San Sebastian to Bilbao
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
  • Distance
    126 km
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Theme
    Walking
  • Tour Code
    SABI80216
  • Operating Days
    All year round
8 Days/7 Nights
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Itinerary
    San Sebastian to Bilbao
  • Duration
    8 Days/7 Nights
  • Distance
    126 km
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Theme
    Walking
  • Tour Code
    SABI80216
  • Operating Days
    All year round
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedTransfersTransfers Luggage transfer between hotelsMealsMeals Daily breakfast & dinnerTourTour Walking tour of the Basque region from San Sebastian to Bilbao for 8 days

Summary

The first section of the Northern Way or Camino del Norte begins in the chic and elegant coastal city of San Sebastián, a gastronomic mecca, home to several Michelin-starred restaurants. From San Sebastián (or Donosti in Basque), the Northern Way travels West along the green hills of the Basque coastline. The trail passes the historic town of Gernika, made famous by Picasso’s master piece and finishes in Bilbao, where the impressive Guggenheim Museum is a must-see. The Basque Country is renowned for its cuisine, its ‘pintxos’ and some of the country’s best chefs so this Camino walk will be an unforgettable gastronomic experience. This section is classed as moderate to challenging, so a reasonable level of fitness is required

This walking tour departs from San Sebastian.

Itinerary

Day 1: San Sebastian
San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is a stunning and chic seaside city, as well as a paradise for foodies. Stroll down the Playa de la Concha and treat yourself to one of the city’s many Michelin-starred restaurants before you start your Camino! San Sebastián has 16 Michelin stars, the second highest number per square metre in the world (just after Tokyo).

Day 2: San Sebastia to Getaria (24.8 km)
oday, the Camino leaves San Sebastian and the Bay of Biscay and travels along the coastline through beautiful pastures and gentle hills. You will see the Roman Church of San Martín de Tours before passing charming coastal villages.The day ends in Getaría and its picturesque harbour. Make sure to try the local Txakolí wine.

Day 3: Getaria to Deba (17.7 km)
Leaving Getaría you will follow the coast along a quiet rural road before arriving in Zarautz with its magnificent sandy beach, the longest in the Basque Country. After Zarautz, the path enters farmlands and passes the church of Santa María la Real and the village of Elcano. Today’s section finishes in the lovely seaside village of Deba.

Day 4: Deba to Markina (23 km)
Today, the Camino trail leaves the coastline for the last time (you will reach it again in Bilbao) as you will head for the mountains. After crossing a river the path climbs quickly into an area of thick vegetation before it reaches the chapel of El Calvario. The narrow footpath (GR-121) passes through a number of charming villages on the way before reaching today’s destination: Markina.

Day 5: Markina to Gernika (25 km)
The trail from Markina follows a quiet country lane, crossing the river in Bolibar before rising to the medieval monastery at Zenarruza. From here, the trail keeps climbing through sheltered woodland to the top of Gontzegarai and on to the hamlet of Gerrikaitz. After passing the Hermitage of Santiago a sharp descent leads to a small river and the historic town of Gernika, made famous by Picasso’s masterpiece.

Day 6: Gernika to Lezama (21 km)
As you leave Gernika you will pass the hermitage of Santa Luzia Zallo shortly before climbing towards a road (PR-173). From here, a cobbled path continues climbing to the village of Morga where you will begin a sharp descent through the hamlets of Goikoletxea and Larrabetzu and once again enter woodland before reaching today’s destination: Lezama.

Day 7: Bilbao
Your last day on the Camino is also the shortest. The path will take you through farmland to the town of Zamudio, the Roman church of San Martin and the Tower of Malpica. From here, there is a gradual climb to the top of Mount Avril, where your efforts will be rewarded with stunning views of Bilbao and the valley below. As you enter the suburbs of Bilbao you should visit the delightful Basilica of Our Lady of Begoña. Your walk reaches its final point in the Plaza de Unamuno, in the old quarter of Bilbao.

Inclusions

  • Luggage transfersfrom hotel to hotel
  • Ensuite accommodation in the centre of the towns
  • Daily breakfast and dinner 
  • Holiday pack (including Pilgrimage Passport)
  • Transfer from/to airport (For guided tours only or on request for self guided tours)
  • Walking notes

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Lunches

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