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Top Villages in Basque Country

Top Villages in Basque Country

Spain’s Basque Country is filled with world-class cuisine, spectacular coastlines, and sweet little villages worth a wander. From the coast to the wine region, here are a few of the area’s most picturesque villages, each an easy day trip from cities like Bilbao or San Sebastian.

Hondarribia

This seaside border town near France is marked by rainbow-hued homes decorated with ornate wooden facades and flowerpot-bedecked balconies. Explore the fortressed old town, with its still-standing medieval walls, or visit the Castle of Charles V (which now houses a Parador Hotel) and the Gothic-style Santa Maria de la Asunción cathedral.

Zarautz

Known for a beach with some of the best surfing conditions in Northern Spain, this coastal town is home to a web of medieval streets. Its old quarter is packed with numerous historic sites, some dating back as far as the 15th century. Combine a tour with the nearby fishing village of Orio on the Guipuzcoa Coast.

Laguardia

For the ultimate viticulture experience in Rioja, set your sights on the village of Laguardia. This walled-in town sits atop a maze of bodegas (wine shops)—there are so many that the whole pueblo (village) often smells like grapes and barrels. Wander the town’s narrow streets, snack on local cuisine (like pintxos, Basque Country’s answer to tapas), or venture underground to experience the subterranean wine cellars for yourself.

Getaria

This fishing village is the proud birthplace of historical figures like Juan Sebastián Elcano—Magellan’s second-in-command on his trip around the world—and more recently, fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Be sure to spend time at the Balenciaga museum and sample local delights like pescado a la brasa —a barbecued fish—and txakoli, Basque Country’s signature dry white wine.

St-Jean-de-Luz

Located in French Basque Country between Biarritz and the Spanish border, this small fishing village is known for its colorful harbor and historic houses, as well as its picturesque sandy beach.

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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  
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  • 9 hours
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Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian

Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian

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Maximize time in the Basque Country on this full-day tour from San Sebastian. Visit small fishing villages along the French Basque coast like Saint Jean de Luz and glamorous beach towns like Biarritz. Learn about local gastronomy as you explore the historic city of Bayonne and the town of Hendaye, on the border of France and Spain.
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  • 8 hours
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Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz, Hondarribia and San Sebastian Full Day Tour

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Marvel at the scenic splendor of San Sebastian on a delightful day-trip from Bilbao. Wander the winding streets of the city’s Old Quarter to see antique architecture; pleasure your palate with Spanish specialties in the small fishing village of Hondarribia; and sink your toes into the silken sands of Biarritz, a sandy stretch declared the ‘Beach of Kings’ due to regular visits by European royalty. Convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel is included in this tour.   
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  • 10 hours
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Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

Elorrio, Oñati and Arantzazu

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Discover the secluded secrets of the Basque Country on an explorative excursion from Bilbao. Uncover rural villages, picturesque palaces and historical monument with an accomplished guide, visiting significant landmarks like the Sanctuary of Arantazazu and the Basque Country’s oldest university. Admire luscious landscapes and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your hotel on this enriching adventure. 
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  • 5 hours
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Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

Basque Coast Tour: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo and Gernika

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Cruise the curvaceous coastline of Bilbao in a luxurious minivan on a guided tour of the city and its sights. See the intriguing industrial areas that propelled Bilbao into prosperity and visit significant landmarks like the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia and the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe hermitage. Visit the quaint coastal villages that pepper the Basque Coast and absorb the tranquil ambiance of picturesque marinas on this enriching excursion.
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  • 5 hours
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Gipuzkoa Coast Tour with lunch

Gipuzkoa Coast Tour with lunch

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Discover the soaring cliffs, beautiful beaches, and fishing villages of the Guipuzcoa Coast on this full-day tour from San Sebastián. Visit the seafront towns of Orio and Zarautz, drive through the scenic vineyards of Getaria, tuck into traditional Basque cuisine at a local restaurant, and see filming locations from Game of Thrones in Zumaia.
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  • 7 hours
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Private Gipuzkoa coast tour from San Sebastian with lunch

Private Gipuzkoa coast tour from San Sebastian with lunch

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Explore the Guipuzcoa coast with a private guide on this all-day tour. Discover tiny fishing villages like Orio and Zarauts, popular vacation spots full of Basque culture, food, and surf. Stop by Getaraia, home of the Balenciaga Museum, and visit Zumaia, a popular town that’s appeared in many films and TV shows.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Pamplona and Olite Royal Palace in small group tour, lunch included
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Pamplona and Olite Royal Palace in small group tour, lunch included

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Explore the Basque Country beyond San Sebastian with this full-day tour to Pamplona and Vitoria. Stroll through Pamplona’s Old Town with a local guide and learn about the city’s architecture and history. Visit Vitoria, the Capital of the Basque Country, to see the modern side of this region. Lunch and round-trip transportation are included.
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  • 10 hours
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San Sebastian and the Basque Coast Tour

San Sebastian and the Basque Coast Tour

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Leave the bustle of the city behind for a day, and discover some of the Basque Country’s most spectacular scenery, on this full-day, private tour. Meet in the morning at your San Sebastián hotel, and set out in a private vehicle. You’ll wend your way along the spectacular Gipuzkoa coast. Visit the charming city of Hondarribia (located on the French border), soak up Zarautz Beach’s scenery, admire Txakoli vineyards, discover the famed rock formations along the Flysch Route, and much more.
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  • 8 hours
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Private 6-hour tour to Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz from San Sebastian Hotel

Private 6-hour tour to Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz from San Sebastian Hotel

The elegant seafront town of Biarritz is one of the most popular destinations along France's Basque coast, but visiting on a group tour often means limited time for sightseeing. This private full-day tour from San Sebastian offers plenty of time to explore the city or hit the beach, with private transport, a private guide, and an itinerary tailored to your preferences. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
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Basque Towns Private Tour with Hotel or Cruise Pickup from Bilbao

Basque Towns Private Tour with Hotel or Cruise Pickup from Bilbao

Discover the charming towns and stunning scenery of the region near Bilbao during this 8-hour, customizable, private tour. Create a day to suit your interests and schedule, picking among well-known sights within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the city. You might pick stops like the Old Port of Algorta, Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, Vizcaya Hanging Bridge, Getxo, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe or Castillo de Butrón.
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  • 8 hours
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Hondarribia Pintxos Tour from San Sebastian

Hondarribia Pintxos Tour from San Sebastian

This is a great pick for foodies visiting San Sebastian who want to explore a smaller place that’s known for great food—the fisherman village of Hondarribia on the Basque Coast. Enjoy the luxury of having a day where door-to-door transport is included, and a shortlist of great food spots are chosen for you. Stroll along the cobbled streets, and get recommendations of the best pintxos (Basque tapas) and drinks to try. It’ll be the ultimate hassle-free trip, as pintxos and drinks are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$243.91
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