This post is the first of a series on an eleven-day trip through the Basque Country in northern Spain. I made this trip together with my boyfriend in June 2012. We stayed in Bilbao for four nights and in San Sebastian for six, using those cities as starting points to explore the area.
Exploring the Basque Country: our itinerary
- Wednesday: arrived in Bilbao and explored the city
- Thursday: trip by car from Bilbao to Gernika-Lumo > el Parque Natural de Urdaibai with el Bosque de Oma > Bermeo > Plentzia and back to Bilbao
- Friday: another trip by car from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz > Salinas de Añana > Getxo and back to Bilbao
- Saturday: wandered around Bilbao and visited Portugalete
- Sunday: visited the Guggenheim and took the bus to San Sebastian
- Monday: went out for a stroll and then crashed on San Sebastian’s La Zuriola beach
- Tuesday: trip by car from San Sebastian to Tolosa > Hondarribia > Zarautz > Zumaia and back to San Sebastián, where we visited the Parque del Palacio
- Wednesday: visited the San Sebastian Aquarium and la Concha beach
- Thursday: a rainy day spent walking up to El Peine del Viento, shopping and climbing up Monte Urgull
- Friday: took the funicular up to the old amusement park on Monte Igueldo and spent some time on the beach
- Saturday: flight back home
Looks good, doesn’t it?
I got to this itinerary by first reading the Michelin Green Guide for Spain and writing down what looked interesting. Then I used Google Maps to see how these sights/activities were located relative to each other, drew a route and cancelled out those things that were too far away from that route. After having done that, I used sites like TripAdvisor to refine our planning.