Tour code: 6172STJAMES
Escape the metropolitan mayhem of San Sebastián and absorb the scenic splendor of the ‘Camino de Santiago’ (Way of St James) on an enriching 5-hour excursion. Renowned for its breathtaking beauty and panoramic views, the area of unspoiled natural beauty is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely hike. Walk alongside your knowledgeable guide and gain insight into the flora and fauna of the area; enjoy an idyllic boat ride around Pasaia San Pedro; and pleasure your palate with Spanish specialties in a terrace bar in Santiago Square. 

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

Greet your guide in a central San Sebastián location and embark upon your gentle hike to the Ulia Mountain, a natural landmarks that lies east of the town. Follow the ancient trail that has led pilgrims to the sacred town of Santiago de Compostela for centuries and listen as your guide sets the historical scene. 

Marvel at incomparable vistas of the Basque Coast as you walk, conquering rocky paths and gentle ascensions that afford even more breathtaking views. The leisurely pace of the hike allows you to focus on the splendid scenery before you and capture fabulous photograph’s of the countryside sprawl. 

Stop in the charming town of Pasaia San Pedro and engage with tales of local village life before climbing aboard a sightseeing boat for an idyllic cruise of the bay. Disembark then revitalize at one of the town’s elegant eateries near Santiago Square; settle into a seat on a sun-drenched terrace and sample traditional pintxo (Basque tapas) and sparkling txakoli (a dry white wine).

Refreshed, continue to the quaint coastal village of Pasaia to explore narrow streets steeped in legends of literature and loss. Travel back to San Sebastián on public transportation then bid your guide and group farewell at the tour’s original start point. 

Customer Reviews

Jennifer Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

What a wonderful tour !We enjoyed the hike , even though it was drizzling with rain.
- We were given the choice to walk or participate in an alternative tour. Our group chose to continue with the hike .The history sharing was very interesting, politics and the scenery and bird life amazing. Our guide Oihana was Basque with excellent knowledge ,great English and easy to understand.When Cold and tired after the hike we concluded the hike at Pasai Donibane with yummy Pintxos.
An extra bonus was the quaint boat ride from San Pedro to Donibane!
A great insight and introduction into Spain's history, culture and the St James way!

Rosebud R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a wonderful half day with Maria. She was extremely knowledgeable, gave us lots of information on the history that was very interesting and gave us context. She was very personable, sensitive to our level of fatigue, careful where the path was rocky, and got us back to Town right on time. I loved the walk.

Abby E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Lovely guide Maria was punctual, friendly, ready to answer any questions and enthusiastic. Very willing to give recommendations too. Short enough climb and good pace set for the walk. Gorgeous views of the ocean, cliffs and wildlife along the way. As we expected to cover a good distance because the tour was 5 hours long, we weren't surprised at the 7km ish trail set for us. Very much enjoyed!

R g c C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was the best thing we did in San Sebastian, a great trip with beautiful scenery and a very knowledgable guide.

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wow were we happy when Maria was our exclusive tour guide on this amazing hike. She was our guide on the Pintxos and Wine tour a few days earlier and we knew we were in good hands. Again she made us feel like locals and was very knowledgeable of the Way of St James. I highly recommend this tour

MR G W

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.

Mark R

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.

Michael H

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.

Rita F

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.

Marie N

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.

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