San Sebastián: Hiking the St. James Way

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San Sebastián: Hiking the St. James Way

From US$ 75.08 per person

Hike the Ulia Mountain on a 5-hour tour from San Sebastián, and discover its hidden secrets and gorgeous views. Walk along St. James Way to the town of Pasaia, and cross the picturesque inlet by boat, enjoying stunning views of the sea and mountains.

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Duration 5 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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  • Discover the breathtaking views of St. James Way in Basque Country
  • Hike along the coastal paths outside San Sebastian and discover the beautiful scenery
  • Take the road less travelled with your local guide and explore some secret San Sebastian spots
  • Take a boat ride in a neighbouring town to discover another slice of local life
  • Sip local wine as you soak up your surroundings
Full description
Be swept away by beautiful Basque Country on this hiking tour in San Sebastián  (also known as Donostia) that leads you to epic views and uncovers local hidden gems in this beautiful part of Spain. To kick off this San Sebastian tour, head out of town and up to Ulia Mountain, where we’ll enjoy a wonderful view before hiking along the coastal St. James Way. (Please be prepared for a steep beginning — but it will get easier as you go! There are several ups and downs along the route, but the hardest part is at the start). As you continue your Basque adventure, your local guide will highlight points of interest and give you all the insider knowledge you need to know, knowledge that only a local would know! Make your way to the lighthouse of La Plata, from where you’ll head down the hill to Pasaia San Pedro. Here you’ll discover some unique cultural traditions and customs before embarking on a boat across the sea inlet. Breathe in the fresh air as your local guide tells you about the phenomenal scenery. Enjoy more wicked views of the mountains and coast before coming to rest on the terrace of a bar in the beautiful port-side Santiago Square. After taking a moment here to soak up your surroundings and indulge in txakoli (regional white wine), we’ll wander the narrow streets of Pasaia, before returning to San Sebastian by public transport. Your Basque tour ends here, but your local guide will be happy to give you some more tips so that you can continue to explore local life, or let you know the best route back to your accommodation.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Local drink
  • Boat crossing of the estuary
  • Bus ride back to San Sebastian
  • Tips and gratuities for the guide
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meet at Mariaren Bihotza Ikastola, in the Gros area of San Sebastián, near the beach. Your guide will be under the tower of the church on the corner of Avenida de Navarra (“Hiribidea” in Basque) and Zemoriya Street. (there is an AVIA petrol station next to the church, and the nearest bus stop is Mariaren Bihotza)

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  This tour cannot operate during bad weather. In the event of bad weather, you can exchange the tour for the “Grab Your Pintxo” tour from the same suppler or receive a full refund
  •  Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for hiking
  •  Children aged 11 and under are not permitted on this tour
  •  This is an 8.5 km hike, designed to take 3 hours with 2 hours at the end to enjoy the town of Pasaia and take the bus back to San Sebastian
  •  The first 1.5 km is a steep climb. The terrain isn't rocky but there are a lot of steps
  •  The final 7 km is more moderate but you will need to navigate your way across a few rocks, which can be challenging
  •  The total ascent in altitude is about 360 m
  •  This hike is not recommended for those suffering from heart problems, high blood pressure, those with knee or hip replacements or fear of heights
  •  Private tours can be arranged for those who require a slower pace
  •  Please contact the supplier with any questions about physical requirements
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

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The Hiking the St.James Way around San Sebastián with Angel Olivares was a great experience for me! I was given plenty of an interesting information, the hiking the path itself went smoothly and i felt so peaceful to connect to this beautiful landscape, Angel was guiding me through. I liked a lot his easy-going and relaxed way of guiding! Time flies when you enjoy your tour and Angel did his job very professional! Thank you Angel for being your unique self! I will definitely come back! ☀️

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April 29, 2019

Fantastic local Basque experience which we would highly recommend.

Our knowledgable guide Ainhoa met us at agreed meeting point and led us on a truely wonderful experience walking the St James way to Pasio. Along the route we stopped several times to enjoy the macnificant views and so she could provide us with interesting history of this wonderful walk and the Basque countryside. It was a real pleasure to learn about the Basque culture, food and language from this young passionate guide. When we arrived in Pasio we sat in a local cafe with Ainhoa who ordered us a glass of the local wine as well as a selection of delicious Pintxos before getting the bus back to San Sebastián. Ainhoa was a wealth of knowledge who gave us information on the Old Town and the night life in San Sebastián. Thank you for ensuring we enjoyed the best of San Sebastián. Highly recommend tour and especially the host.

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August 4, 2017

Great way to see all the sights in a short time

Our guide was lovely and adaptable to what we wanted to see. There was a little confusion over the meeting point but tour staff were apologetic and rectified the issue quickly. I recommend it!

July 15, 2016

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