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Half-Day Way of St. James Hiking Tour from San Sebastián

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Leave San Sebastián and explore the Way of St James (Camino de Santiago), a medieval Christian pilgrimage route that overlooks the breathtaking Basque Coast. Known for its poetic views, the trail hugs the side of Ulia Mountain – an area of unspoiled natural beauty – and the tour includes a leisurely paced hike along its most scenic stretch. Enjoy a boat ride around Pasaia San Pedro, relax in a terrace bar near Santiago Square with Basque tapas and local wine, and finally explore Pasaia village.
  • Gain insight into the history of Mount Ulia from your local guide
  • Sample a complimentary glass of txakoli as you relax on a terrace mid-hike
  • Enjoy an active sightseeing experience
  • Admire striking Basque vistas and visit local villages along the way
What to Expect
Begin your tour at a central location in San Sebastián, where you'll meet your guide and group. Then, begin your journey to Mount Ulia. As you hike the former pilgrimage route, listen to your guide share insights into the path’s age-old legacy and admire striking views along the coastal trail. Pause in Pasaia San Pedro and discover more about village life and culture. Hear about the town’s traditional rowing competitions and games of “pelota” and then enjoy an illuminating cruise of the bay toward Santiago Square. Here, alight and visit a nearby terrace bar and relax with a refreshing glass of txakoli (sparkling white wine). When replenished, continue by foot to Pasaia. Explore the village’s charming streets and then catch a public bus back to San Sebastián. Enjoy the ride back to the city, before the tour concludes back at the original point of departure.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Mariaren Bihotza, 20013 Donostia-San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Local drink
  • Boat crossing of the estuary
  • Bus ride back to San Sebastian
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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). .
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I had a truly wonderful hike with our guide Angel who was very friendly, quite knowledgeable, and made the trip very worthwhile. It was so much fun. Also reasonably easy for this couple aged 64 and 68. Highly recommend this hike and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a sense of accomplishment walking El Camino in San Sebastian! It was more arduous than expected with many rocks and steep climbs up and down. I would not attempt this without a guide and very much appreciated all the great help of Carlo, who...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic half day hiking along the coast from San Sebastian to Pasaia. Carlos was an excellent guide, knowledgeable and fun to walk with. It is a proper hike, 3+ hours. Not too challenging, but you will need enough fitness to climb hills...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nic M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful guide, Carlo, who made the 1/2 day walk of St James Way truly special. The walk was more difficult than anticipated - it is fine for hikers of all ages (we are in our early 60's) but you need to be...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank KarenG144
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We completed the walk yesterday. While it’s only 1% of the entire Way of St James, we climbed and sweated to enjoy our bit. This section of the El Camino has great coastal views of the Basque Country. The ending in St Juan in Pasaia...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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August 4, 2019|
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Response from judymstewart62 | Reviewed this property |
We were a group of three. Not sure if the maximum numbers but I do know they keep it small numbers
June 14, 2019|
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Response from MikeVDE27 | Reviewed this property |
Sneakers are fine - but not flimsier that that - no flip flops
September 18, 2018|
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Response from NatalieC3308 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would agree with Meg. Maybe just let your guide know about the cliff edges, but I felt very safe.
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