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From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

1. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bilbao, and then get back to nature on a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe, located on the coast of Bizkaia just 35 kilometers from Bilbao city center. Arrive at the viewpoint and get 2 hours of free time to explore independently. Use the time to climb to the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where you can touch the bell of the chapel three times and make a wish. Soak up the stunning views of the Bay of Biscay before traveling to Bermeo to take a walking tour of the charming fishing village. Continue to the historic town of Gernika, site of one of the first aerial bombings by Nazi Germany, and visit the Casa de Juntas (Assembly House) with the famous Tree of Guernica that symbolizes the traditional freedom of the people.

From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

2. From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia, the oldest bridge of this type in the world, still active and considered a beloved icon by locals. Afterward, you will see the neighborhood of Neguri and its old mansions owned by rich industrial managers before you head towards the interior of the province. Admire the traditional local houses and farmhouse structures, and discover the imposing old Castle of Butron. Arrive at the coastal village of Bakio, a popular summer holiday destination among Basque natives, before you follow the beautiful and wild coastal road, eventually arriving at your second stop, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.  This place is said to be one of the most beautiful locations along the Basque coastline. It is a huge rock on the top of the old hermitage of San Juan, and it is connected to the mainland by means of a long stone stairway. Next, you will continue to the fishing town of Bermeo. Here, you will stop to visit the narrow streets, the Juradera Church, the Ercilla Tower, the old port, and the Town Hall, among other sites. Enjoy free time for lunch, and your guide will recommend a selection of local restaurants. Later, you will stop at Mundaka, a beautiful site with magnificent views of the Urdaibai Biosphere, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterward, you will arrive at the village of Gernika to visit the Basque Sacred Tree and Casa de Juntas, or old Law House. Finally, you will return to Bilbao around 2:00 PM.

From Bilbao: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, & Gernika

3. From Bilbao: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, & Gernika

Leave Bilbao and discover other exciting and historic locations on the Basque Coast on this day tour. See the Vizcaya Bridge, the historic city of Gernika, visit a traditional fishing village, and enjoy a tasting of local products. Travel along the river of Bilbao, discovering the interesting industrial past of the city, and once at the coast, stop to see the Vizcaya Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage designated site. Pass by the majestic Castle of Butron, and eventually arrive at the Biosphere of Urdaibai. Admire the beautiful view from its lookout point, and discover the secrets of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a filming location of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”. Make another stop in Bermeo, a typical fishing village, and stop to take a walking tour to enjoy its charming atmosphere. Take part in a tasting of local food, where a sample of pintxo is included. Reach the last stop in Gernika, and make a visit to the interesting Assembly House and the famous Tree of Gernika.

Bilbao: Off-the-Beaten-Path Seaside Cycling Tour

4. Bilbao: Off-the-Beaten-Path Seaside Cycling Tour

Explore the Bilbao seaside by bike on this 2.5-hour fun and informative guided tour. Start your tour right at the feet of the iconic Vizcaya Bridge, where you’ll learn about its history, fun facts, and the present role of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a pleasant ride along the seaside, enjoy your first stop at Puerto Viejo. Beautiful and filled with history and anecdotes, you’ll have the freedom to roam and walk around its hidden corners and streets. Blend in among the locals and join them as we taste some world-famous pintxos (small snacks), and maybe a glass of wine, or a Caña for beer lovers.   You’ll then continue on to a few secret local spots before heading on to the route to the Cliffs where you’ll experience the Biscay coastline at its best. With its unmatched scenery, the majesty of the sea and fresh air will accompany you for one of the most beautiful bike routes in the Basque country.   After the tour, you can enjoy the beautiful Arrigunaga beach just meters away, grab a bite in one of its panoramic resto-bars, have a drink with your feet on the sand at the beach bar, or just read your book on the beach.

Gernika, Mundaka and Gaztelugatxe From San Sebastian

5. Gernika, Mundaka and Gaztelugatxe From San Sebastian

Learn about Basque history by visiting the legendary Gernika tree and the tragic bombing of the village during the Spanish civil war. Enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape along the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the views of the famous world-class surf wave in Mundaka, the San Juan de Gaztelugatxe viewpoint and many more!

Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Txakoli Wine Day Trip

6. Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Txakoli Wine Day Trip

Get into the geology and wine ettiquette of Basque with a guided day tour that wows the senses. Take in the breathraking scenery of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe as your tour a Txakoloi winery paired with 3 wine tastings, appetizers, and a delicious lunch. Depart from Bilbao and enter into one of the most impressive destinations in Basque country, lying just within the UNESCO Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Admire the stunning beaches and coastal environmnet, boredered with white cliffs. Find yourself at a local family winery, located close to this protected natural area. Visit San Juan Bautista's hermitage and climb 241 steps to the top of the viewpoint. Take in the view and make a wish from the top of the bell. Enjoy a tour of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the way to the Txakoli wineries. Txakoli wine is a local favorite, with the white wine of choice among Basques and Basque sailors. After drinking as the sailors do, sit down to a special lunch of regional appetizers and pintxos, complemented by regional wines. Discuss the culture and history of the wine you sip and truly relax into the environment.

Getxo and Vizcaya Bridge From Bilbao

7. Getxo and Vizcaya Bridge From Bilbao

During the 19th century the region of Bilbao experienced a huge industralisation development that led to two very different social classes: working class and bankers. Each one laid on river Nervion's West and East banks, and both areas developed their own way. This tour will take you to learn about the Bizkaia bridge, built in late 19th century as a representation of the iron industry in the area, and the link of both river banks. On the left side there lies the medieval village of Portugalete, with steep and narrow streets and Camino de Santiago routes. On the right side, you will discover Getxo, with all her different areas: from majestic Las Arenas and exclusive palaces of Neguri to the charming centuries-old houses of the Old Port in Algorta and the astonishing views from the cliffs of Punta Galea. The estuary of river Ibaizabal, coming from Bilbao, has many secrets ready to be discovered. Do not miss this chance of seeing all of them!

Getxo and Bizcaya Bridge (UNESCO Site) Bike Tour from Bilbao

8. Getxo and Bizcaya Bridge (UNESCO Site) Bike Tour from Bilbao

Throughout this five-hour bike tour, starting in Bilbao, discover the maritime and industrial history of the villas. Explore the iron mines and learn about the way the citizens were able to transform the natural landscape into a place worth admiring. Begin your trip by visiting the new icons of the city, including the Guggenheim Museum, Euskalduna Congress Palace, and the Maritime Museum. Continue pedaling along the left bank of the estuary until it joins the open sea.  The Pendant or Bizkaia Bridge, which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2006, links the Portugalete's Villa with Getxo. Once there, continue to The Gold Mile of Biscay, among the outstanding palaces built by the aristocracy at the beginning of the 20th-century. Visit the Sailing Club and Ereaga beach. End your journey in the quaint and picturesque Alcorta's Old Port.

From Guernica: Urdaibai Reserve Boat Trip with Transfers

9. From Guernica: Urdaibai Reserve Boat Trip with Transfers

Declared a protected area by UNESCO in 1984, the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve is a diverse area that includes forests, beaches, and islands. Take the opportunity to explore it on a guided boat tour and see what makes this part of the Basque Country so special. Start with pick up from Guernica before boarding the boat and crossing the estuary which is surrounded by forests on both sides. Then, head to some of the best beaches and islands that are part of the biosphere reserve. Your guide will take you to some of the reserve's most beautiful ports, beaches, and marshes and help you to discover some of the highlights of this unique ecosystem. Enjoy some local wine and a snack before you head back to land and return to your hotel.

Basque Country: Mountains, Ocean, & Sanctuary of Loyola Trip

10. Basque Country: Mountains, Ocean, & Sanctuary of Loyola Trip

Experience panoramic mountain views, admire off-the-beaten-track sights, and learn about the Basque Country's fascinating past on this private tour with your own personal guide. Visit Mount Ernio, the Sanctuary of Loyola, Basque Coast Geopark, and more. Enjoy local snacks, lunch, and wine.  Travel to Tolosa to take in the Basque landscape before stopping at a fronton court to play Basque pelota. Continue to Mount Ernio and enjoy views of the mountains. Relax during the descent by car, passing through the idyllic town of Errezil. Learn about the Jesuits founder Saint Ignatius at the Sanctuary of Loyola in Azpeitia. Discover the medieval birthplace of the famous saint and marvel at the Baroque architecture. Take in rugged views of the Izarraitz mountains before heading to the small town of Zumaia. Hike around the scientifically captivating Basque Coast Geopark and walk along the edge of the cliffs. Continue to the coastal fishing village of Getaria to explore one of the best-preserved historical centers of Gipuzkoa before enjoying lunch.

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4.3 / 5

based on 52 reviews

The "gathering" service for participants was very punctual and precise. The clean and comfortable bus, competent driver and guide, especially the latter (Stephan) did not spare himself even in the rain. Great experience. #riccitour will recommend it on its travel page.

Great. Very complete tour. Very good guide: Josu. Vale a pena pous will know 4 places with their singularities in 5 hours.

All great. The visit to San Juan is only a glimpse from a viewpoint, from which there is not a very good view.

On time pick up was great and our Guide Stefan was excellent with a great understanding of English

Very informative tour & my highlight of 7 weeks holiday. Thanks!