Hiking the St. James Way


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Hiking the St. James Way

Highlights / General details
Discover the breathtaking views of St. James Way in Basque country; Hike along the coastal paths in San Sebastian and discover the beautiful scenery; Take the road less travelled with your local guide and explore some secret San Sebastian spots; Take a boat ride to a neighboring town to discover another slice of local life; Sip local wine as you soak up your surroundings.

Local English-speaking guide; Local drink; Return boat crossing of the sea pass.

Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Food and additional beverages; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide.

Hours of operation
Available daily departing at 8:30am.

Approximately 5 hours.

Tour departs from Mariaren Bihotza Church in the Gros area. We meet under the clock tower of the church (it is can be spotted from Zurriola beach).

Be swept away by beautiful Basque Country on this hiking tour in San Sebastián that leads you to epic views and uncovers local hidden gems in this beautiful part of Spain. To kick off this San Sebastian tour we'll head out of town and up to Ulia Mountain, where we’ll enjoy a wonderful view before hiking along the coastal St. James Way. (Please be prepared for a steep beginning — but we promise it will get easier as you go! There are several ups and downs along the route, but the hardest part is at the start). As you continue your Basque adventure, your local guide will highlight points of interest and give you all the insider knowledge you need to know, knowledge that only a local would know!
As we continue our San Sebastian walking tour, we’ll make our way to the lighthouse of La Plata, from where we’ll head down the hill to Pasaia San Pedro. Here we’ll discover some unique cultural traditions and customs before embarking on a boat across the sea inlet. Breathe in the fresh air as your local guide tells you about the phenomenal scenery.
We’ll enjoy more wicked views of the mountains and coast before coming to rest on the terrace of a bar in the beautiful port-side Santiago Square. After taking a moment here to soak up your surroundings and indulge in txakoli (regional white wine), we’ll wander the narrow streets of Pasaia, before returning to San Sebastian by public transport. Your Basque tour ends here, but your local guide will be happy to give you some more tips so that you can continue to explore local life, or let you know the best route back to your accommodation.

Additional Information
Dress standard: Ensure that you are wearing comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for a hike in the hills.

Participant restrictions
Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
Please note: This is an 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 Sebastian 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).
This hike is not recommended for those suffering from 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 tour cannot run during bad weather conditions. In the case of bad weather, you will be able to exchange this tour for our “Grab Your Pintxo” tour, or receive a full refund.
Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

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