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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

Brittney E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The views along Saint James Way were stunning! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. We did this on our honeymoon and shared the trip with several other travelers. Maria, our tour guide, was FABULOUS! She shared a lot of history about the trail and even offered her opinions on restaurants, bars, shops, etc to visit during the rest of our trip.

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour and guide maria we're amazing ! Would highly recommend. Great way to see the coastline, maria kept us informed along the way, which was also well shaded a blessing on a v hot day. Many thanks.

Jessica Anne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was our most authentic experience in Basque country. Oihana, with Urban Adventures via Viator, was a very lovely guide and you could tell she had a real connection with the locals we met on our hike. The pintxos at the little fishing village at the end of the hike were amazing. The views were stunning. Definitely do this!

cguzzardi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a great hike we had.....san sebastian views are amazing,oihana our guide was fantastic! She guided with great knowledge that also came from the heart. Thankyou oihana you made my first hike a great experience
This is a definite must do!

Catherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Maria was our local tour guide for the Way of St. James Hiking Tour from San Sebastian to a neighboring village. Maria is an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. She knows the history of the Way of St. James and the local area, and is very personable. This is a hike on a trail, not a stroll on the beach or on the city streets. It can be steep and rocky in some places. Maria and my sister helped me to keep my footing, at times. Wear good shoes for hiking! Beautiful trail and views along the Way... The village was very nice with a lovely lunch at the end of the hike. Highly recommend Maria for a guide and the hike!

Mary Jo M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Oihana, with Urban Adventures via Viator, hosted me for a half-day walk on El Camino de Santiago de Compostela St. James Way. This was quite a feat, as it was pouring rain all morning and the other participants were no-shows. We were drowned rats by the end of it. Nevertheless, this was my only day to experience the Camino, so Oihana cheerfully escorted me up the muddy path over Monte Ulia to Pasajes San Juan, where we took a short ferry ride to the other side of the bay and had some delicious pintxos and a glass of txakoli local white wine at a local seafood restaurant. The views throughout the morning were fantastic. We then returned by bus to Donostia/San Sebastian.
Oihana is a friendly young woman with a bubbly and accommodating personality, and she was a delight as a tour guide. Her English is excellent, and as a Basque woman, she is full of local cultural, political, linguistic and literary knowledge. She recommended that I watch a comedy hit film, Ocho Apellidos Bascos. I couldnt find it, but I was lucky enough to find Ocho Apellidos Catalanes with the same actors on my flight home. It was very funny. Ill keep looking for the other one!
I highly recommend this tour with Urban Adventures, and I wish I could give Oihana six stars!

Angela H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This to her was the highlight of our trip to Donostia San Sebastian, for two reasons. First, the scenery along the coast is absolutely spectacular. Second, our guide, Maria, was outstanding: she was warm, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic, and we learned a lot from her about local culture and history.

Ignacio B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Perfect¡ the views was awesome, we really enjoy it

Maura J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was the highlight of our trip to Paris and northern Spain. Our guide Thomas seemed to know not only lots of local lore but most of the folks we met along the trail. The local wine and Tapas were a well deserved treat after our hike.

Brenda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Oihand our tour guide was amazing, we experienced a little bit of rain but she made our trip a fun day out

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