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Top Villages in Basque Country

By Viator, May 2018

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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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Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, null
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Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

The delights of the French coast can be found close to San Sebastian. Tiny and lovely fishing villages like Saint Jean de Luz, where time seems to have ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.71
San Sebastian and Biarritz, Bilbao, Day Trips
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San Sebastian and Biarritz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Delight yourself with Biarritz, The Beach of Kings, a place chosen to spend their summer vacations by European royalty and famous figures such as Napoleon III ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.12
Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

The famous Rioja Wine region is a must for wine lovers visiting Spain. Located in the south of the Basque country, you will visit the village of Haro, the ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.12
Full-Day Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch, San Sebastian, Wine Tasting & Winery ... 
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Full-Day Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

Embark on this full-day tour of the Guipuzcoa Coast with a local guide. The delights of the coast of Guipuzcoa can be found much further than the astonishing ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.83
Explore the Basque Coast, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Explore the Basque Coast

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.24
Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Elorrio, Oinati and Arantzazu

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Discover the most inner areas of the Basque Country - rural villages, palaces, historical buildings and a breathtaking landscape. The essence of the unique ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.24
Private Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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Private Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

The delights of the coast of Guipuzcoa can be found much further than the astonishing beaches of San Sebastian. Tiny and lovely fishing villages like Orio can ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.71
San Sebastián and Getaria with visit to Txakoli bodega and lunch at traditional restaurant, San ... 
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San Sebastián and Getaria with visit to Txakoli bodega and lunch at traditional restaurant

A chance to experience a tour that brings together many of the key characteristics of the Basque Country: the wild coast, a Txakoli winery and fantastic food. ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $772.40
The Basque Coast of Gipuzkoa Tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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The Basque Coast of Gipuzkoa Tour from San Sebastian

A private and unique guided tour through the whole Coast of Gipuzkoa visiting the most beautiful coastal villages of the Province of Gipuzkoa. The tour ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $297.08
Hondarribia and Pintxos Tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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Hondarribia and Pintxos Tour from San Sebastian

We invite you to join us on a guided walking city tour of one of the most charming fisherman villages on the Basque Coast, Hondarribia (Fuenterrabia). ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $222.81

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