Welcome to Getaria


At the end of the harbour is a forested island known as El Ratón (the Mouse) – though any resemblance to a rodent is only visible after several strong drinks. Perhaps it was this giant mouse that first encouraged the town’s most famous son, the sailor Juan Sebastián Elcano, to take to the ocean. His adventures eventually led him to become the first man to sail around the world, after the captain of his ship, Magellan, died halfway through the endeavour.


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$751.98 Day Trips & Excursions

San Sebastián and Getaria with visit to Txakoli bodega and lunch at traditional restaurant

Experience the wild Basque coast while tasting some of its most famous and locally cultivated products. We make our way through the spectacular landscape along the coast before arriving in the local fishing village of Getaria.Here we visit one of the most beautiful Txakoli vineyards in the area for a private tour. This typical Basque white wine gets its unique taste from the grapes growing on hillsides facing the Cantabrian Sea and we are invited for a stroll around the Bodega before going into the tasting room to enjoy some of the best Txakoli of the region and taste some of the typical Basque products such as Idiazabal cheese and Bonito del norte.We continue our tour with lunch at a traditional restaurant that serves excellent local food down in the tiny centre of the mediaeval fishing village of Getaria before returning to San Sebastián where we make a stop at the Igueldo Mountain with wonderful views overlooking the town and learn a little about the history on a stroll trough the old town.

$809.83 Day Trips & Excursions

Basque Country Wine and Cheese Tasting Tour from San Sebastián

Start your day at a designated meeting point in Donostia/San Sebastian, then set out for the mountain village of Idiazabal. Visit the town’s museum, then wander the village, stopping at a traditional farm famous for its cheese. Sample several varieties, before heading to the fishing village of Getaria.Birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elcano (Getaria, 1487-1526), the first man to sail around the world, the medieval village preserves remnants from various points during its long history. Enter the old quarter and enjoy grilled fish at one of the port’s famous restaurants.After a stroll around the village, visit a Txakoli winery. Learn about the autochthonous process of making their unique variety of sparkling wine. The grapes, Hondarrabi-Zuri and Hondarrabi-Beltza, are nourished by breezes from the Cantabrian Sea, contributing to their distinctive character. After your tasting and winery tour, head back to Donostia/San Sebastian, where you can relax. You can also choose between a pintxos route and dinner at one of the city’s gastronomic societies.

$289.22 Day Trips & Excursions

The Basque Coast of Gipuzkoa Tour from San Sebastian

The beautiful border city of Hondarribia–Fuenterrabia, between Spain and France, is our first stop on our tour of the Gipuzkoan Coast. We will have the opportunity to witness some of the fishing traditions of the village and admire its link with the sea. Without losing sight of the sea, we will pass through the Bay of Pasajes and admire the picturesque villa of Pasajes de San Juan and head into Zarautz, a famous tourist destination known for its extensive beach (the longest in the Basque Country) and its surf scene.Continuing our trip westward, we will bump into extensive green fields packed with Txakoli vineyards overlooking the sea and catch a glimpse of our next destination: the beautiful coastal town of Getaria, known for being an important fishing sea port, home to the museum of famous fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, and the birthplace of Juan Sebastián Elcano, the first man to circumnavigate the earth.Before heading back to our starting point, we will make our last stop at the small town of Zumaia. Starting at the Chapel of San Telmo, we will take a short stroll along the Flysch Route and contemplate one of the most breathtaking sceneries of the entire Basque Coast.

$318.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Cantabrian Coast Wine Tour from San Sebastian

Depart San Sebastian, following a coastal route through countryside and farmhouses. As you drive along via private transport, your guide will tell you about the history and culture of Basque Country, including tidbits about rural life, villages, and the famous Basque gastronomy.First, stop at the region’s oldest family-run Txakoli winery. Here you will be joined by the winemaker for a guided tour of the vineyards and winery. Learn about the Txakoli-making process from start to finish, then enjoy a tasting of the current year’s offerings. After leaving the winery, you can visit a museum dedicated to famed fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, a native son of Getaria. Revolutionary in his time, his classic designs remain influential today. Head down into the village, and meander along its narrow streets, visiting the church, the fishing port, and stopping for an artisan salt-cured fish workshop. In Getaria, enjoy an outdoor lunch of grilled fish and Txakoli wine at one of the famed portside restaurants. You can choose to accompany your guide back to San Sebastian or remain in Getaria for lunch on your own.

$838.75 Multi-day & Extended Tours

BASQUE COUNTRY CIRCUIT 5 DAYS

DAY 1: CITY OF ORIGIN – BILBAO: Arrival to the Bilbao Airport and transfer with assistance to the selected hotel in Bilbao. Lodging at the Hotel.DAY 2: BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN ROUTE: Breakfast. The route begins at 09:00 am from the hotel in Bilbao and we will head towards San Sebastian. We will pass through Azkoitia, a town that retains the oldest tower houses in Gipuzkoa and after that arrive to the Sanctuary of Loyola. In Loyola will stop and visit the shrine of harmonious proportions. We will continue to reach Getaria. Afterwards, we will pass by Zarautz. We will continue the route to San Sebastian to make a Panoramic Tour including the ascend to the Igeldo Mountain. Free time to lunch. After lunch, we will start a walking tour around the Old Part of the city. Transfer to the selected hotel and lodging.DAY 3:  SAN SEBASTIAN – VITORIA ROUTE: Breakfast.The route begins at 09:00 am from the hotel in San Sebastian. Little by little, we will enter Gipuzkoa and arrive to Ordizia. We will continue the route to arrive to Oñati, the most elegant village of Gipuzkoa province. After that, we will reach the most important Sanctuary of Gipuzkoa, the Shrine of Our Lady of Arantzazu. Continue to itinerary we travel near Salinas de Leniz, a town with its ancient salt and Salt Museum. Finally we will arrive to the Rioja Alavesa area. Free time to lunch. After lunch we will head to Vitoria and start a Panoramic Tour of this beautiful city, capital of Basque Country. Transfer to the selected hotel and lodging.DAY 4: VITORIA – BILBAO ROUTE: Breakfast. At 10:00h our guide will pick-up you at the lobby of your hotel. We will start the route heading towards the inner parts of Alava province. We will arrive to Gesaltza (Salinas de Añana), where we will enjoy a guided visit. We will continue the tour through the town of Orduña. Following the route, we will arrive to the Ayala Land. Then we will stop at Balmaseda where we will lunch at typical restaurant with drinks included. After lunch, we will continue the route to reach the coast by Santurtzi. Then we continue the journey along the edge of the sea to Portugalete, where we will able to see The Transporter Bridge of Biscay, famous for its hanging bridge, which dates from 1893, it is the oldest transport hanging bridge of the world which stills working. Once on the other side of the bank, in Getxo. Later we will arrive to hotel in Bilbao.DAY 5: BILBAO: Breakfast. There will be free time in the city until the agreed time for the transfer to the airport.    

$741.57 Multi-day & Extended Tours

BASQUE COUNTRY 5 DAYS

DAY 1: CITY OF ORIGIN – BILBAO: Arrival to the Bilbao Airport and transfer with assistance to the selected hotel in Bilbao. Lodging at the Hotel. DAY 2: BILBAO – SAN SEBASTIAN ROUTE: Breakfast. The route begins at 09:00 am from the hotel in Bilbao and we will head towards San Sebastian. We will pass through Azkoitia, a town that retains the oldest tower houses in Gipuzkoa and after that arrive to the Sanctuary of Loyola. In Loyola will stop and visit the shrine of harmonious proportions. We will continue to reach Getaria. Afterwards, we will pass by Zarautz. We will continue the route to San Sebastian to make a Panoramic Tour including the ascend to the Igeldo Mountain. Free time to lunch. After lunch, we will start a walking tour around the Old Part of the city. Transfer to the selected hotel and lodging. DAY 3:  SAN SEBASTIAN – VITORIA ROUTE: Breakfast.The route begins at 09:00 am from the hotel in San Sebastian. Little by little, we will enter Gipuzkoa and arrive to Ordizia. We will continue the route to arrive to Oñati, the most elegant village of Gipuzkoa province. After that, we will reach the most important Sanctuary of Gipuzkoa, the Shrine of Our Lady of Arantzazu. Continue to itinerary we travel near Salinas de Leniz, a town with its ancient salt and Salt Museum. Finally we will arrive to the Rioja Alavesa area. Free time to lunch. After lunch we will head to Vitoria and start a Panoramic Tour of this beautiful city, capital of Basque Country. Transfer to the selected hotel and lodging. DAY 4: VITORIA – BILBAO ROUTE: Breakfast. At 10:00h our guide will pick-up you at the lobby of your hotel. We will start the route heading towards the inner parts of Alava province. We will arrive to Gesaltza (Salinas de Añana), where we will enjoy a guided visit. We will continue the tour through the town of Orduña. Following the route, we will arrive to the Ayala Land. Then we will stop at Balmaseda where we will lunch at typical restaurant with drinks included. After lunch, we will continue the route to reach the coast by Santurtzi. Then we continue the journey along the edge of the sea to Portugalete, where we will able to see The Transporter Bridge of Biscay, famous for its hanging bridge, which dates from 1893, it is the oldest transport hanging bridge of the world which stills working. Once on the other side of the bank, in Getxo. Later we will arrive to hotel in Bilbao. DAY 5: BILBAO: Breakfast. There will be free time in the city until the agreed time for the transfer to the airport.