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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

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

Scott G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The best tour I and #39;ve done. It was raining a bit when I arrived and Oihana offered to do a different hike, but I was happy to risk it. Oihana is a lovely young woman and is extremely nice. She and #39;s passionate about here country and is quite knowledgeable.
Very very happy with everything. 11/10

Brendan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A wonderful tour with a special mention for our guide, Maria, who was superb, many thanks.

Paul H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Maria was our guide for what was scheduled to be the Half-day Walking tour on the Way of Saint James. But as my wife and I were the only clients for this tour, and the trail was slick and muddy in spots, Maria easily modified the tour to be more in-line with our interests. After a brief walk on the Way' and a chance to talk to the pilgrims we encountered, we decided to instead take a bus to Maria's charming village. We learned much of the Basque culture and their fishing/farming traditions, enjoyed calamares frites and wine at their harbor, and returned to San Sebastián by bus for a walking tour of old town. I recommend Maria highly, and this tour in general --- but, be aware that access to the Way is via many steep steps, and the Way itself can be slick and/or rocky. We wore our tennis shoes, but hiking boots would have been better. The Way has been used since medieval times -- I admire the dedication and stamina of those pilgrims. That must have been some mighty nutritious gruel!

Maria T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent activity to do while in San Sebastian! We really enjoyed our hike and the nature and views was absolutely breathtaking. It was very interesting for us to experience even in a small dose the Camino de Sandiago and also to hear the history of the camino, of the Basque country and its people by our lovely guide Maria. Maria was a fantastic person, full of love for her home country and we couldn't ask for a better guide. It was fun!

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!

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