5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

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  • Location:San Sebastian, Spain
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Half-Day Way of St James Hiking Tour from San Sebastián

Leave San Sebastián and explore the Way of St James (Camino de Santiago), a medieval Christian pilgrimage route that overlooks the breathtaking Basque Coast. Known for its poetic views, the trail hugs the side of Ulia Mountain – an area of unspoiled natural beauty – and the tour includes a leisurely paced hike along its most scenic stretch. Enjoy a boat ride around Pasaia San Pedro, relax in a terrace bar near Santiago Square with Basque tapas and local wine, and finally explore Pasaia village.


  • Half-day hiking tour from San Sebastián to the Way of St James (Camino de Santiago)
  • Walk along the medieval Christian pilgrimage trails around Ulia Mountain
  • Admire breathtaking coastal scenery that featured in The Way, a 2010 film featuring Martin Sheen
  • Enjoy a boat ride around Pasaia San Pedro
  • Relax in a terrace bar and enjoy a pintxo (Basque tapas) and txakoli, the local white wine
  • Explore the atmospheric streets of Pasaia and learn about Victor Hugo, a French poet who loved the village
  • Enjoy a Basque products picnic when stopping for a break at Ulia Mountain

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is an exciting way to experience a small part of the Way of St James pilgrimage route and to immerse yourself into the Basque culture. The hiking tour is challenging but your funny guide makes it entertaining! At the end, chat with fellow group members over delicious Basque food!

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What You Can Expect

Half-Day Way of St James Hiking Tour from San Sebastián

Try local tapas and wine after a walk along the Way of St James

Meet your guide in the Gros area of San Sebastián and hike your way out of town to reach Ulia Mountain, just east of the seaside town. The mountainside is etched with a centuries-old walking trail that was once a Christian pilgrimage route to the town of Santiago de Compostela, where St James’ remains are said to be buried.

Known as the Way of St James or the Pilgrims’ Way, the coastal trail is now as popular for its views as it is for its history, offering incomparable vistas of San Sebastian and the Basque Coast. Made famous from the 2010 American film The Way (featuring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez), the trails are perfect for scenic hikes with the Lighthouse of La Plata as one of the main landmarks to explore.

Follow your guide along the Way of St James’ rocky paths, enjoying stops a plenty to soak up the panoramas. The route heads down the hill and goes at a steady pace, allowing you to focus on the idyllic scenery stretched out before you. Stop in Pasaia San Pedro on the Bay of Pasaia, and learn about local village life and culture, hearing tales of pelota (a Basque boules game) and rowing competitions that take place in the town. Then, board a sightseeing boat across the inlet towards the port side of Santiago Square.

Stroll to one of the town’s elegant terrace bars and take a seat to admire the views. Enjoy a pintxo along with a glass of txakoli, the local slightly fizzy, dry white wine. After some well-earned relaxation time, continue walking to Pasaia – a captivating coastal village where the 19th-century French poet Victor Hugo found inspiration. Explore the narrow streets of the town with your guide, and then travel back to San Sebastian by public transportation.

Your tour finishes at the start point in Gros, San Sebastián.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Tomas was a very good guide, a rather fit young man as well. The walk lasted around 3 hours, about 6km walk in total, with a refreshing drink and tapas at the end of it. The weather was perfect, if raining it could be a bit slippery. We got some good views along the coast. Surprisingly we were really still within the limits of the city and returned by public bus which took only 10-15 mins into the centre of the town.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Maria was a fantastic guide who gave a great running commentary during the walk. Thoroughly interesting learning a bit about the history of the Basques and the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a terrific tour with perfect weather and stunning scenery. Tomasz was an excellent guide, full of local knowledge and interesting stories! Will definitely look out for similar tours in other cities.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Tomasz was our guide and he was fantastic. We liked him so much, that we decided to take his Pinxtos tour that same evening. That was also fantastic. The hike was beautiful and Tomasz made it informative and fun. We highly recommend it. These two tours were highlights of our stay in San Sebastian.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Maria, the tour guide, was fabulous. I learned an incredible amount of information about the area, the Camino, and Basque culture. The views along the ocean were splendid and the towns at the end of the walk represented typical life and culture. Very worthwhile tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great guide really friendly knowledgeable interesting and enthusiastic. Fantastic value and a great way to see some of the beautiful coast ..would highly recommend this tour .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic. Excellent local guide, wonderful views, everything on time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was an absolutely wonderful tour, led by a wonderful guide, Maria. The tour had everything that I had hoped for: moderate physical exercise, beautiful scenery, a great deal of information about El Camino de Santiago and Basque culture and politics, as well as just a lot of laughs with Maria and the other people who formed our random, multi-national group. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Highly informed guide that provided both historical and current explanations about the walk and San Sebastián. Friendly and relaxed experience plus nice coastal views.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We had a terrific day out in a small group with a lovely guide Maria.
We absolutely recommend this tour
The walk was just enough for you to feel good about the exercise and not guilty about the pinxtos afterwards
Annette and Peter from Australia

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