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Discover the region around San Sebastian


  1. Shrines
  2. A day out in Bilbao
  3. Along the coast to Hondarribia
  4. Along the coast to Biarritz
  5. Museums

Shrines

In the interior if Gipuzkoa, in the valleys of the Urola and upper Deba, we will visit the Three Temples:

  • The 17th century Shrine of Loiola in Azpeitia.
  • The Shrine of Our Lady of Arantzazu in Oñati, built between 1950 y 1955.
  • And Antigua chapel in Zumarraga, a marvel of 13th century architecture with an impressive wooden ceiling.


A day out in Bilbao

Bilbao, the biggest city in the Basque Country is only one hour from Donostia, along the A-8 motorway. It's an industrial centre that today is a cosmopolitan city that is especially famous for the Guggenheim Museum. This is an extraordinary piece of modern architecture, designed by Frank O'Gehry, that houses the most impressive collections of modern art.

Nearby is the Bilbao Contemporary Art Museum, with travelling and stable collections. The Euskalduna Congress and Music Centre is a modern building that is another of this city's emblematic features.

The Old Quarter of Bilbao is a must for visitors. Its streets are full of shops and tipical bars where you can taste the local food.

The best way to move around this city is definitely in the Metro, which is one of the most modern in the world and has won a lot of prices. It was created and designed by Norman Foster.



Along the coast to Hondarribia

Starting out from Donostia in the direction of France, our first visit will be to the village of Pasajes San Juan, a small fishing village that is completely pedestrianised with some well-know restaurants and some impressive views of the small fiord that the river Oiartzun forms when it meets the sea. We can admire its narrow alleys, the traditional architecture of the Basque Coast, its stately houses and we will even be able to see the house where the author Victor Hugo lived.

Continuing our excursion, we then climb Jaizkbel, a 549 meter-high pass, with a vantage point from wich we can enjoy a magnificent view over the coast and Txingudi bay.

We will then come down and arrive in the walled town of Hondarribia, on the left bank of the bay. This is a town that is more than 2,500 years old, in wich the National Parador, the parks, the port, the promenade and the beautiful Marina district are specially worth mentioning.



Along the coast to Biarritz

Heading East we reach the frontier town of Hendaia (Hendaye), and then come in sight of some huge cliffs before we reach Donibane Lohizune (San Jean de Luz), a typical fishing village that is famous for its coast, its thermal installations, its shops and surrounding area (the rack railway of the Larun, Caves and village of Sara...)

Biarritz is one of the most impressive town on the Basque Coast, and is the jewel of the French coast. Biarritz maintains its class, prestige and beauty that seduced European royalty at the begginig of the 20th century.

Leaving Biarritz behind us, we will arrive in Baiona (Bayonne), the economic capital of the French Basque Country that the river Aturri(Adour) y Errobi(Nive), run through. It has the magnificent cathedral of Done Marie and a winding medieval-style old quarter. Here we will also be able to visit the Basque Museum.

Museums

A sculpture in iron at Chillida-Leku museum.
Chillida-Leku museum

Chillida-Leku Museum Tel.: 943 33 60 06
Bº Jauregi 66, Ctra. Hernani, Zabalaga country house
www.museochillidaleku.com

Basque Railway Museum Tel.: 943 15 06 77
C/ Julián Elorza 8. Azpeitia
www.euskotren.es/castellano/museo/index.html

Zumalakarregi Tel.: 943 88 99 00
Iriarte Erdikoa country house. Ormaiztegi
zm.gipuzkoakultura.net/index_cas.php

Zerain Ethnographic Museum Tel.: 943 80 15 05
Herriko Plaza z/g. Zerain
www.zerain.com/esp/eskaintza_museo.php

Balenciaga Foundation Gallery Tel.: 943 32 71 80
C/ Parque Aldamar 3. 20808 Getaria
www.fundacionbalenciaga.com

Agorregi Ironworks and Mill Complex Tel.: 943 42 88 43
Parque de Pagoeta. Aia

Eskoriatza School Museum Tel.: 943 71 46 88
C/ Hidalga 5. Eskoriatza

Oiasso Roman Museum
Tel.: +34 943 63 93 53
www.oiasso.com

Mineral and fossil museum Tel.: 943 72 41 70
Casa de Cultura. Jauregui, 19. Urretxu

Photo-museum Tel.: 943 13 09 06
Villa Manuela. Zarautz
www.photomuseum.es

Zuloaga Tel.: 943 86 23 41
Santiago Etxea. Zumaia

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