• One day

Visiting both Pasaia and Hondarribia in a day is a challenge without your own wheels, but it’s not impossible.

Start in Pasai San Pedro, where you can visit the wonderful Albaola Foundation and see a 16th-century whaling galleon being built. Next, take the boat over to Pasai San Juan to visit the Casa Museo Victor Hugo and learn about the French novelist's stay in this sleepy fishing village. Afterwards, stroll up to Casa Cámara for a first-rate seafood lunch.

After dining, push on to Hondarribia – ideally by car or taxi (approximately €25 to €30). Otherwise, you’ll have to take bus E20 from Escalerillas, a road that’s about 15 minutes’ walk from San Pedro. In Hondarribia, check out the Casco Histórico, home to the Castillo de Carlos V and Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción, and take in the vibe on the seafront promenade.

Dine at the riotously creative Gastroteka Danontzat (be sure to reserve ahead) or hit one of the heaving pintxos bars on Calle San Pedro, Hondarribia’s liveliest and most picturesque street.