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Not only does Bilbao have ample urban diversions, including the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum. It’s also just a short hop away from the scenic beauty and culinary riches of the Basque Country. Here are a few of the best day trips to take from Bilbao.

San Sebastian — 63 miles (101 km) away
Set along a spectacular stretch of the cliff-, cove-, and beach-bordered Basque coast, this elegant seaside resort is just over an hour’s drive from Bilbao. A gastronomic hotspot, the city is famed for its world-class culinary scene. Try pintxos (Basque Country tapas) and sip txakoli (a subtly effervescent dry white wine) in atmospheric bars in the historic old town. 

Other Basque Country Towns — distances vary
Other cities within day-tripping reach of Bilbao include Biarritz (92 miles or 148 kilometers away), a sophisticated surf town located just across the border in France, and Vitoria-Gasteiz (39 miles or 62 kilometers away), the inland Basque Country capital, which has a killer pintxos scene, pretty cobbled streets, and a 13th-century church-fortress. Meanwhile, 30 minutes east of Bilbao sits the small market town of Gernika (Guernica; 22 miles or 35 kilometers away). In 1937 the Luftwaffe famously bombed the town—a tragic event that inspired Pablo Picasso to create one of his best-known works, Guernica. While Picasso’s original painting now resides in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, you can see a copy in the Gernika Peace Museum.

Rural Highlights of the Basque Country and Beyond — distances vary
If you want to swap the buzz of Bilbao for the tranquility of the countryside, Urdaibai Biosphere (about 25 miles or 40 kilometers away) is a convenient place to experience the Basque Country’s natural landscapes. The windswept San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (22 miles or 35 kilometers away), a tiny chapel-topped island connected to the mainland by a 240-step rock causeway, is a must-see for Game of Thrones fans, who may recognize it as Dragonstone from the successful series. Day tours also depart from Bilbao and head north to Spain’s acclaimed La Rioja wine-making region (90 miles or 145 kilometers away). 
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.92
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.24
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San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and Basque Coast Private Tour from Bilbao

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Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalized attention on this private tour of San Sebastian and the Basque coast. Departing from Bilbao with a private guide, you and your private party will explore San Sebastian to taste some traditional pintxo (tapas), stroll on the beach, and explore the quaint city center. Along the Basque coast, make stops in Zumaia as well as in Getaria for a seafood lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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$289.52
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The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

The Sanctuary of Loyola, Getaria, Zarauz and San Sebastian

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Explore the spectacular and sacred sites of the Basque country on an enriching full-day excursion from Bilbao. Visit grand ecclesiastical structures like the Sanctuary of Loyola to attend an enlightening prayer ceremony; discover the quaint fishing villages that pepper the coastline to see why Bilbao residents favor them for their summer sojourns; and tour the stunning sights of the city of San Sebastian with an accomplished guide. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Bilbao hotel is included in this tour.       
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  • 9 hours
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$94.78
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Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

Full day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

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On this Game of Thrones tour, you will enjoy the most espectacular filming locations from Season 7 of the most famous HBO TV Show. Of you want to know more about these places and facts about the filming process in Dragonstone and King's Landing, you need to join our tour. We will walk on Dragonstone's beach and go up the stairs reaching Dragonstone Fortress. Moreover, you will learn about Basque Culture, Gastronomy and enjoy beautiful landscapes. If you are staying in Bilbao, there is no excuse. You need to join us and enjoy our Game of Thrones tour with Dragonstone Tours.
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  • 9 hours
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$92.40
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Biarritz, Saint Jean De Luz & San Sebastian

Biarritz, Saint Jean De Luz & San Sebastian

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See many of the most charming areas of the Basque Coast with this day tour. You’ll start with chic Biarritz, once a summer getaway for European royals, followed by a stop at Saint Jean de Luz, where you can try out local treats. Then it’s San Sebastian, where you’ll have free time to explore or grab lunch into the famous old town, before embarking on a walking tour followed by a visit to Mount Igueldo.
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  • 10 hours
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$86.24
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San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao

San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Bilbao

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Discover San Sebastian, one of the most charming cities of Europe, famous also for it's high quality food and of course, 'pintxos'! Conveniently about an hour away from Bilbao, you will visit Donostia along with some small fishing villages on the coast, to make for the perfect day trip during your stay in the basque country. Truly one not to be missed. You will love the fishermen culture in coastal villages like Getaria and Orio. Enjoy a unique day along the Basque coastline in a small group tour guided by a local guide. All included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$246.40
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Vizcaya Bridge, Urdaibai, San Juan De Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo And Gernika

Vizcaya Bridge, Urdaibai, San Juan De Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo And Gernika

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Discover the history of Bilbao on this half-day guided tour. Travel along the coast stopping at the Vizcaya Bridge before reaching the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Following that, head to the charming fishing village of Berme then visit Gernika to see the Assembly House and the Tree of Gernika, a symbol of the Basque people.
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  • 5 hours
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$73.92
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Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

Luxury Basque Coast Private Tour

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On this full-day private tour, you’ll explore the stunning coastline of the Basque region in your own chauffeured, luxury vehicle. Build your own custom-made itinerary, without the rush of a group tour. Highlights along the way include San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (where scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed), the historic city center of San Sebastian, and the iconic "flysch" of Getaria and Zumaia.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$726.58
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La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao)

La Rioja Boutique Wine Tour & Picnic Lunch (From Bilbao)

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The ultimate gastronomy experience, this bespoke tasting and sightseeing tour takes you into some of Rioja’s finest food and drink establishments. Enjoy first-rate wine samples in two local wine bars, plus a visit to a traditional winery where winemaking traditions date back five generations. Full-day tours also include a gourmet tasting lunch overlooking a Rioja vineyard and a walk through the walled medieval city of Laguardia.
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  • 9 hours
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$301.84
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Half Day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

Half Day Game of Thrones Tour from Bilbao

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Join us on this Game of Thrones tour and enjoy the most spectacular filming locations from season seven. Visit the places that gave life to Dragonstone and King’s Landing and know everything about them and about the filming process. We’ll walk on Dragonstone’s sand and walk up the stairs to reach the castle. We’ll see castles and amazing landscapes while we learn about Basque culture and gastronomy. If you’re visiting Bilbao there is no excuse. You have to join Dragonstone Tours and visit Westeros!
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Elorrio, Oñati, Basque Shepherds And Sanctuary Of Arantzazu

Elorrio, Oñati, Basque Shepherds And Sanctuary Of Arantzazu

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Get to grips with the rural Basque Country, exploring hidden villages and one-of-a-kind destinations alongside a local guide. You’ll travel through Elorrio and Oñati, two charming villages hemmed in by mountains, stopping by the Basque Country’s oldest university, Europe’s only Shepherd School, and the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, along the way.
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  • 5 hours
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$73.92
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La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit

La Rioja and Vitoria Wine Tour with Winery Visit

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Visitors to Basque Country can easily miss the charming capital city of Vitoria, opting to tour the smaller villages and wine regions. On this full-day tour across Basque Country, travelers don't need to choose—you'll visit both the city and countryside. Start your day walking through Vitoria's historic quarter, and then head to La Rioja for an afternoon in the vineyards and villages. Wrap up your day at a traditional winery for a wine tasting, included at no extra charge.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.24
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La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao

La Rioja Wine Tour with Two Winery Visits with Wine Tasting from Bilbao

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Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality, and the cradle of these wines, the land that provides its name to the apellation of La Rioja, is not far from Bilbao. Enjoy visiting two wineries, have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, learn the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the aging and finish the experience with a wine tasting in each winery to taste some of the best Rioja wines. Two different wineries will be visited in order to learn the difference from one winery to the other. Along the day we will also visit the charming medieval village of Laguardia were two pintxos and wines will be tasted to have a complete gastronomical day.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$240.24
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Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Rioja Private Tour: Medieval Villages, Outdoor Activities, Wine Tasting & Lunch

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Discover Rioja Wine Region with best tailor-made, multi-activity tour (lunch and transport included). Designed as a 3-course menu, you will enjoy different experiences among a wide selection to choose: • Start with an outdoor / sport activity (2 hours): kayak, or hiking, with best customized routes. Changing room and shower facilities available. • Discover the history and ancient wine-making culture of the region, with a guided tour in a medieval village followed by a winery visit including wine tasting. Best local selection of medieval villages and nearby wineries. • End up with a gastronomical experience (1´5 hour): a local traditional menu in a family-run restaurant, a pintxos/tapas guided tour, or a gastro-picnic in a natural scenery. • Meeting point at Labastida, but also if required pick-up and round-trip transfer to your accommodation in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Logroño, Bilbao, San Sebastian or any other village of the region.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.97
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Pamplona and Olite Royal Palace in small group tour, lunch included

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$308.00
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Game of Thrones Experience: Basque Country Coast Private Tour

Game of Thrones Experience: Basque Country Coast Private Tour

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Your driver and your private official tour guide, will pick you up in your private vehicle from your hotel or place of choice in San Sebastian or Bilbao. We will help you organize your completely personalized "Game of Thrones" unique experience in the Basque Coast This is the tour starting from San Sebastian (starting from Bilbao would be the same itinerary, but the other way round): Your first stop will be Getaria, a very attractive medieval fishing settlement located only 30 minutes away from San Sebastian. You will then continue to Zumaia, the entrance to Dragonstone Castle, where John Snow first meets The Mother of Dragons. Next stop will be San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. There is a chapel dedicated to St John baptist which is located in the high part of the rock, there is a manmade stair that lets you walk there. This is the place where Daenerys returns to dragonstone. The last 3 places you will visit will be the nature reserve of Urdaibai, Mundaka and Bermeo.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$771.24
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Walking Route San Juan De Gaztelugatze And Bermeo

Walking Route San Juan De Gaztelugatze And Bermeo

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We will discover on the most charming corners of the Basque Coast, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. We will reach the top of the rock on foot and enjoy the magnificent views. Many are the stories surround this place along the centuries. Recently it has become an important filming location of the famous TV series "Game of Thrones". In Bermeo, a typical fishermen village, we will stop for a walking tour and enjoy its charms. Tastying of a typical pintxo included. During the route, we will pass along the Biosphere of Urdaibai.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.92
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San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian Private Day Tour from Bilbao with Hotel or Cruise Port Pick-up

San Sebastian is home to some of the best beaches of Spain’s Basque Country, but visiting on a group tour often means limited time for sightseeing and sunbathing. This private full-day tour from Bilbao 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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$624.63
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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe with Winery Visit and Lunch (From Bilbao)

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe with Winery Visit and Lunch (From Bilbao)

If you love nature, geology and wine you will love this tour. We will introduce you to the stunning scenery that we have in Basque country full of cliffs, beaches, mountains and very rough seas. All of this gets even better when you enjoy it with a lovely glass of local white wine! In this tour we will take you to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe where the famous Game of Thrones series was set. You will be able to take the most stunning pictures as you reach the top of the hermitage surrounded by the rough ocean waters. You have a maximum of 2 hours to make it to the top and back! After the walk we will enjoy some pintxos together and we will head to visit one of the traditional Basque txakoli wineries, the Basque local wine. You will enjoy a lovely visit to a family winery with a well-deserved wine tasting to finish the tour! Important notes: Please be aware that this tour requires extremely comfortable shoes (don´t bring heals, open sandals or flip-flops or you will regret it enormously)
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.28
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Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

Full-day San Sebastian tour from Bilbao

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San Sebastian is one of the star attractions of Spain’s Basque Country and this full-day day tour from Bilbao takes in all the highlights. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, stroll along the beautiful La Concha Beach, and take in the views from Igeldo Mountain.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.46
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Biarritz and French Basque coast small group tour lunch included

Biarritz and French Basque coast small group tour lunch included

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The delights of the French coast can be found within a short distance from Bilbao. Tiny and lovely fishing villages like Saint Jean de Luz, where time seems to have stopped centuries ago, or nice villages on the beach such as Biarritz where people from all around the world spend their summer enjoying the Basque gastronomy and surf in the same town. Let Bayonne impress you, a charming small city full of historic buildings and a lovely quaint downtown, get fascinated with Biarritz or visit Hendaye, a town in the border between France and Spain witness of many historical events throughout the last 200 years. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the fantastic towns of the Basque French shore while you stay in Bilbao, and do it with the comfort of having local guides and private transportation from the convenience of your hotel entrance.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$295.68
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Gaztelugatxe, Gernika and Bermeo small group tour lunch included

Gaztelugatxe, Gernika and Bermeo small group tour lunch included

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The estuary of river Urdaibai has many attractions that can be enjoyed in a short trip from Bilbao. The hermitage of Gaztelugatxe (set as Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones series) is a good start to enjoy the sea views in contrast to the mountain. Then, the coastal town of Bermeo allows you to see firsthand how the old fishing traditions are maintained in the present. Finally, from Bermeo you reach Gernika, where rural and agricultural traditions are mixed with their varied history. Gernika is the reference town in Basque history, since here is the ancient tree where the medieval kings of Spain swore to respect local laws. It is also where the German bombing took place during the Spanish Civil War that destroyed much of it. Take this opportunity to combine the beautiful landscapes with the history of the Basque Country!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$246.40
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San Sebastian Full-Day Tour with Cider House Lunch from Bilbao

San Sebastian Full-Day Tour with Cider House Lunch from Bilbao

If you are passionate about gastronomy you need to visit San Sebastian and the extraordinary Basque cider houses. We will start the tour visiting the atmospheric Old Town of San Sebastian, the elegant ‘Petit France’ , the vast sweep of La Concha Beach and the Comb of the Wind. Bring your camera, as the beauty will blow you away! Have lunch in a traditional Basque cider house. The Basque sailors were known as some of the strongest men in the seas. They have their secret, plenty of cider and sautéed cod. We will share the stories of these traditions so you can really immerse in the Txotx culture whilst having the most delicious and fun lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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