5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Maria was absolutely wonderful! She is a stunning young lady who knows about the region and the people of the Basque Country. Her background as a native, her pursuits and adventures, and her poise and helpfulness made for a perfect hike. She also told us about the city of San Sebastian, to include recommending a place for coffee before the tour began and lunch after it! I would love to see her again. Take this tour if you want to see beautiful vistas, meet interesting people, and are in good condition. Climbing up and down the mountain along this Camino de Santiago is a bit rough at spots, but well worth the effort. I would do it again and again. I also would take any other tour that Maria leads.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Definitely recommend this tour it was well planned and enjoyable.Just the right amount of walking. Amazing scenery.Tomasz did a great job

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

beautiful scenery and tomasz was a great guide.

Joseph R
Switzerland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The hiking tour with Tomasz is a must do! The trails, cliffs and ocean views are unique and breathtaking. Tomasz is beaming with enthusiasm, knowledge and made the trip even more enjoyable. The trip also includes visits to a couple of small, picture-perfect fishing villages that are really something to witness. If you are in San Sebastian, this hiking trip along the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail is a must do to really feel part of the community and surroundings!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a fantastic walk, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it if you are visiting San Sebastian. Amaia was a terrific guide, extremely knowledgable and I learnt so much about the history and culture of the area and the country...and where to get the best local pintxos! The walk takes in stunning scenery along the coast and over the mountain, and wandering around the fishing villages and tasting local wine and cheese was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The walk from San Sebastian was really good. From the initial steep walk out of the town it was almost straight into bush walking territory. Amaia was a fantastic guide and she not only spoke of the history of the area but also willingly engaged in conversations about more recent issues that have affected the Basque region. The walk had its moments mainly because of the previous nights rain as there were times walking on rocks could be slippery but for me that just added to the adventure. The coast line was quite pretty and it was nice knowing that France was just over that hill (we Australians are amused by international borders). A few ruins also added to the walk. Upon reaching our destination, Pasai , the small inlet opened up magnificently to a large harbour. Catching the punt from the "purple" side of the harbour to the "pink" side was also novel. This is an enjoyable walk where you will raise a sweat and make sure you wear appropriate shoes because the terrain can be rough in places (running shoes are ok, just don't wear casual dress shoes). It was a fabulous morning of walking and conversation with our excellent guide and because of the earlier departure then left you with the afternoon free to do other things in San Sebastian.

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