Day 1: San Sebastian. You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the town of San Sebastian. The rooms are en-suite. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B).
Day 2: From San Sebastian to Getaria (27 km, 7.5 h). Leaving San Sebastian and the magnificent Bay of Biscay, the Camino follows the beautiful coastline along grassy fields on rolling hills. First, we find the Roman Church of San Martin de Tours, then we pass through ancient whale-fishing villages. Finally, we arrive in the picturesque village of Getaria, perched on a rock above a small harbor. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 1* hotel, en-suite. Meal: Half board.
Day 3: From Getaria to Deba (22 km, 6.5 h). The Camino starts on a small countryside road, following the coast. Arriving in Zarautz, we take a small footpath into farmlands. Passing the church of Santa Maria la Real and the village of Juan Sebastian Elcano, we continue our stroll to the coast. The last stop is a the pleasant coastal resort of Deba. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel, en-suite. Meal: Half board.
Day 4: From Deba to Markina (20 km, 5 h). Today we abandon the sea for more mountainous landscapes and we won’t see it again until Bilbao. The Camino crosses a river and starts climbing steeply into dense vegetation, until it reaches the Hermitage of El Calvario. From here, we will follow a narrow footpath (GR-121) passing through many hamlets. Finally, the Camino goes steeply downhill to Markina; a village with strong Basque traditions. Town: Shops, restaurants. Accommodation: 1* hotel, en-suite. Meal: Half board.
Day 5: From Markina to Gernika (28 km, 7.5 h). Leaving Markina, the Camino follows a country road and crosses the river in Bolivar (28 km). It ascends to the medieval monastery of Cenarruza. Leaving the monastery, we take a path into a dense forest, to the top of Gontzegarai, and onwards to the village of Gerikaitz. At the Hermitage of Santiago, a steep footpath leads downhill to a creek and finally, to Gernika. Town: Shops, restaurants. Accommodation: 2* hotel, en-suite. Meal: Half board.
Day 6: From Gernika to Lezama (21 km, 6.5 h). The Camino leaves Gernika by the hermitage of Santa Luzia Zallo. Shortly after, we start to climb to reach a road (PR-173), and then a cobbled path leads to the the top of the village of Morga. Here, we leave the farmlands and enter a forest, following a steep descent to the traditional villages of Goikoletxea, Larrabetzu and finally reaching Lezama. Town: Shops, restaurants. Accommodation: 1* hotel, en-suite. Meal: Half board.
Day 7: From Lezama to Bilbao (15 km, 3.5 h). This is a relatively short stage across the farmlands. First we pass Zamudio and the interesting Roman church of San Maarten. The Tower of Malpica is visible above us. Slowly climbing to reach the summit of Mount Avril, we are rewarded with spectacular views of Bilbao and the valley below. On arrival in the suburbs of Bilbao, don’t forget to visit the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Begoñ. Finally, we come to Place de Unamuno, in the old quarter of Bilbao. Town: Internet, ATM, shops, all facilities. Accommodation: 3* hotel, en-suite. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Bilbao. After breakfast we bid you farewell. Includes: (B).
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