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From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

1. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bilbao, and then get back to nature on a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe, located on the coast of Bizkaia just 35 kilometers from Bilbao city center. Arrive at the viewpoint and get 2 hours of free time to explore independently. Use the time to climb to the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where you can touch the bell of the chapel three times and make a wish. Soak up the stunning views of the Bay of Biscay before traveling to Bermeo to take a walking tour of the charming fishing village. Continue to the historic town of Gernika, site of one of the first aerial bombings by Nazi Germany, and visit the Casa de Juntas (Assembly House) with the famous Tree of Guernica that symbolizes the traditional freedom of the people.

From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

2. From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

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 Bizkaia, the oldest bridge of this type in the world, still active and considered a beloved icon by locals. Afterwards, you will see the neighborhood of Neguri and its old mansions owned by rich industrial managers before you head towards the interior of the province. Admire the traditional local houses and farm house structures, and discover the imposing old Castle of Butron. Arrive at the coastal village of Bakio, a popular summer holiday destination among Basque natives, before you follow the beautiful and wild coastal road, eventually arriving at your second stop, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. This place is said to be one of the most beautiful locations along the Basque coastline. It is a huge rock on the top the old hermitage of San Juan, and it is connected to the mainland by means of a long stone stairway. Next, you will continue to the fishing town of Bermeo. Here, you will stop to visit the narrow streets, the Juradera Church, the Ercilla Tower, the old port, and the Town Hall, among other sites. There will be free time for lunch, and your guide will suggest a selection of recommended local restaurants. Later, you will stop at Mundaka, a beautiful site with magnificent views of the Urdaibai Biosphere, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterwards, you will arrive at the village of Gernika to visit the Basque Sacred Tree and Casa de Juntas, or old Law House. Finally, you will return to Bilbao around 14:00.

Bilbao: Off-the-Beaten-Path Seaside Cycling Tour

3. Bilbao: Off-the-Beaten-Path Seaside Cycling Tour

Explore the Bilbao seaside by bike on this 2.5-hour fun and informative guided tour. Start your tour right at the feet of the iconic Vizcaya Bridge, where you’ll learn about its history, fun facts, and the present role of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a pleasant ride along the seaside, enjoy your first stop at Puerto Viejo. Beautiful and filled with history and anecdotes, you’ll have the freedom to roam and walk around its hidden corners and streets. Blend in among the locals and join them as we taste some world-famous pintxos (small snacks), and maybe a glass of wine, or a Caña for beer lovers.   You’ll then continue on to a few secret local spots before heading on to the route to the Cliffs where you’ll experience the Biscay coastline at its best. With its unmatched scenery, the majesty of the sea and fresh air will accompany you for one of the most beautiful bike routes in the Basque country.   After the tour, you can enjoy the beautiful Arrigunaga beach just meters away, grab a bite in one of its panoramic resto-bars, have a drink with your feet on the sand at the beach bar, or just read your book on the beach.

San Sebastian: Guernica, Mundaka, Urdaibai and Bermeo Tour

4. San Sebastian: Guernica, Mundaka, Urdaibai and Bermeo Tour

After being collected from your hotel, your tour kicks off and heads toward Gernika. Your first stop will be to the Guernica Peace Museum, where you will learn all about the tragic bombing that took place there during the Spanish civil war. Following this, you will advance towards Mundaka. Once there you will discover a quaint village on the coastline, famous for it's surfing waves that attract professional surfers from all over the world. Your final stop will be Bermeo, a traditional fishing village that showcases the Basque coastline lifestyle at it's best. Your tour will then end as you are dropped off at your hotel or other location of your convenience in San Sebastian.

Getxo and Bizcaya Bridge (UNESCO Site) Bike Tour from Bilbao

5. Getxo and Bizcaya Bridge (UNESCO Site) Bike Tour from Bilbao

Throughout this five-hour bike tour, starting in Bilbao, discover the maritime and industrial history of the villas. Explore the iron mines and learn about the way the citizens were able to transform the natural landscape into a place worth admiring. Begin your trip by visiting the new icons of the city, including the Guggenheim Museum, Euskalduna Congress Palace, and the Maritime Museum. Continue pedaling along the left bank of the estuary until it joins the open sea.  The Pendant or Bizkaia Bridge, which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2006, links the Portugalete's Villa with Getxo. Once there, continue to The Gold Mile of Biscay, among the outstanding palaces built by the aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th-century. Visit the Sailing Club and Ereaga beach. End your journey in the quaint and picturesque Alcorta's Old Port.

Bilbao: Getxo and Vizcaya Bridge Small Group Tour

6. Bilbao: Getxo and Vizcaya Bridge Small Group Tour

Retrace the history of 19th century Bilbao and discover the industrial development that led to the meeting of two very different social classes. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Bilbao and heads out towards the mouth of the Ibaizabal estuary. Arrive at the UNESCO listed Vizcaya Bridge, built in the late 1800s to connect the two banks on either side. Learn about the architecture of the bridge, as well as how it brought together local communities and the effects this had on the area’s industrial development. From the bridge, admire views of the steep and narrow streets of Portugalete, a medieval village on the left bank. Next, explore the charming town of Getxo, bursting with character and centuries-old houses. Discover the town’s many districts, and admire epic views of the Punta Galea cliffs. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Bilbao’s history, culture, and socioeconomics.

Basque Country: Mountains, Ocean, & Sanctuary of Loyola Trip

7. Basque Country: Mountains, Ocean, & Sanctuary of Loyola Trip

Experience panoramic mountain views, admire off-the-beaten-track sights, and learn about the Basque Country's fascinating past on this private tour with your own personal guide. Visit Mount Ernio, the Sanctuary of Loyola, Basque Coast Geopark, and more. Enjoy local snacks, lunch, and wine.  Travel to Tolosa to take in the Basque landscape before stopping at a fronton court to play Basque pelota. Continue to Mount Ernio and enjoy views of the mountains. Relax during the descent by car, passing through the idyllic town of Errezil. Learn about the Jesuits founder Saint Ignatius at the Sanctuary of Loyola in Azpeitia. Discover the medieval birthplace of the famous saint and marvel at the Baroque architecture. Take in rugged views of the Izarraitz mountains before heading to the small town of Zumaia. Hike around the scientifically captivating Basque Coast Geopark and walk along the edge of the cliffs. Continue to the coastal fishing village of Getaria to explore one of the best-preserved historical centers of Gipuzkoa before enjoying lunch.

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What people are saying about Basque Country

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 52 reviews

It's an easy way to explore the coast. The guide knows the interesting places. So you don't have to delve into transport or sights in advance. Just let yourself be surprised. The pick-up at the hotel was well organized. The guide spoke good English and was suitable for this job.

Super fun half day tour, in which you get to see beautiful places. The bridge in Gexto, but also Guernica and Bermeo are very beautiful. Our Guide Stephan was very nice. Explains a lot in a nice way, also about the history of the region.

A worth trip to understand the tradition and culture of Basque country

Very good and prepared guide, beautiful places. Highly recommended!

Great trip and our guide Stefan was very informative and friendly.