San Sebastian, Spain
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 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
  • Enjoy a boat ride around Pasaia San Pedro
  • Relax in a terrace bar and enjoy 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 Travelers Choose This Tour

This hike stops at the charming harborside Santiago Square for a glass of classic Basque wine—txakoli.


  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Local drink
  • Boat crossing of the estuary
  • Bus ride back to San Sebastian


  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Gros, central San Sebastián

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Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions; if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes
  • Not recommended for participants with heart problems or high blood pressure and should be avoided by those with hip or knee replacements or anyone who is afraid of heights. Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding the physical requirements of the tour; private tours are available for those looking for a slower pace. 
  • This is a 8.5 km hike, designed to take three hours with an extra two hours at the end to enjoy the town of Pasaia and come back to San Sabestian by public bus.You'll be walking up a steep hill at the beginning that lasts for 1.5 km. The terrain isn't rocky but there will be lots of steps to climb! The rest of the hike lasts for 7 km and while it is more moderate, you will need to navigate your way across a few rocks, which can be challenging for some. During each section, the total gain of altitude is about 180 m (360 m in total). 


If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Mar 2018

Amazing I almost quit because I didn't know if I had the stamina to complete it but the tour guide and my fellow travelers coaxed me along and it was so well worth it.

, Mar 2018

Our guide was not informative or interesting at all and would not wait for the people in the back to catch up. Wish I could remember his name but it appears that other guides were better. The road is rough but not impossible.

, Nov 2017

pretty arduous and the lunch was awful. But I'm glad I did it. The guide was very nice.

, Oct 2017

What a great trip - from Donostia to Pasai Donibane! Vigorous hike with our Great Guide Oihana. We had a great time - ending with some delicious pintxos and plenty of Txakoli. Totally recommend this excursion - and ask for Oihana...she was a tremendous guide.

, Oct 2017

Fantastic day even though it rained the whole time. We had a great guide who accommodated everyone and was very knowledgable.

, Oct 2017

Amazing tour! Ouihana was a fantastic guide and was kind enough to run the tour, even though I was the only client signed up on that day. It was a wonderful way to get in shape, bask in the outdoors, and getting the tastes of a local.

, Oct 2017

We did the Half-Day Way of St James Hiking Tour along a section of the Camino Santiago from San Sebastián in early Sept. Oihana was our bright bubbly guide who, during the walk, gave us a wealth of information about the Basque people, their history, culture and language.
The walk is easy to manage for a person of reasonable fitness and varies from steps, to hilly track through the forest and along the coast. The views are spectacular. The end point is the small harbour town, Trintxerpe, A short ferry ride takes you to a bodega with lunch and wine included.
The return journey, only 15 mins, was by local bus and you could alight at any stop convenient to your hotel.

Oihana ensured that all the participants, 8 in this case, were made to feel welcome and included in the conversations . She offered additional formation about places to visit and where to eat in San Sebastián. She followed up with an email giving all this information in writing.

If you enjoy walking, and want to develop your understanding of all aspects of Basque life, and meet a friendly local like Oihana, then this trip is for you.

, Oct 2017

Our guide was fantastic, the scenery stunning, the food delicious. Do not hesitate. Book this tour!

But only if you are in decent shape. There are some steep hills and a lot of steps.

, Oct 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Unfortunately the day started with rainy, cool weather but that did not dampen our spirits which were buoyed on by our leader, Oihana. She was a relaxed, informative guide whose obvious familiarity with this walk and all Basque matters made for a fascinating morning.

, Sep 2017

A great walking tour with our very knowledgable guide Ainhoa. If your looking for something different to do while in San Sebastián then this is for you. To be able to say you have walked a small portion of the El Camino is impressive and this tour was very impressive.
Ainhoa told us about Spanish and Basque history, culture, language, food and explained about the El Camino as we navigated our way along the 9 km track, and the views were outstanding. Then to finish we caught a small boat from San Pedro to San Juan where we had a pintxo lunch with a local wine before heading back to San Sebastion on a local bus. The walk was a little challenging in parts but was made easier with Ainhoa's encouragement and guidance. Highly recommend.

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