San Sebastián is the starting point for routes taking you to places so widely varying that it seems impossible for them to be so close to one another. Every valley opens out onto a change of scenery, architecture, a different dialect of the Basque language and a particular microclimate, making it easy to believe that you’re caught in a maze. Here we give you a few pointers so that you won’t get lost in the surrounding areas. Or so that you will!
The heart of Gipuzkoa isn’t red, it’s green and winding: deep valleys, twisting roads, villages standing on the banks of the rivers that wend their way through the territory with an inevitable Baroque style. Inland Gipuzkoa harbours a wealth of curves, altitudes and places well worth the visit.
Lying to the east and west of San Sebastián is a coastline of wild cliffs and beautiful beaches, an extraordinary collection of lighthouses, vantage points and little fishing villages such as Pasai San Pedro, Hondarribia, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Getaria and Zumaia.
Only an hour from San Sebastián by motorway, you can enjoy Bilbao, a city greatly renovated in recent years, Vitoria with its impressive Renaissance architecture and best-preserved old town in the Basque Country, and the wineries and landscapes of the Rioja Alavesa region, so unlike those found in the rest of Euskadi.