6 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

6 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

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6 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  5 h 15 min
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Jaca, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Ainsa, Spain
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Lourdes, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: London, United Kingdom

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

San Sebastian - Donostia ©
As one of the anchoring cities of the beautiful Basque Country, San Sebastián boasts a trendy, cosmopolitan vibe while still harboring a relaxed, coastal charm.
On the 22nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Constitucion.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Sebastian - Donostia online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Sebastian - Donostia when traveling from London in August, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Jaca.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

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Historic Center of Hondarribia, Playa de Zarautz
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Playa de Zarautz ©
Playa de Zarautz
Zurriola Beach ©
Zurriola Beach
Ondarreta Beach ©
Ondarreta Beach

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Jaca, Spain

Jaca ©
Jaca is a city of northeastern Spain in the province of Huesca, located near the Pyrenees and the border with France. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de las Guixas, steep yourself in history at Estación de Canfranc, then brush up on your military savvy at Ciudadela De Jaca, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Jaca, and finally explore the world behind art at Museo Diocesano de Jaca - Arte Romanico.

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You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Jaca in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Ainsa.

Things to do in Jaca

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Cueva de las Guixas, Estación de Canfranc
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Cueva de las Guixas ©
Cueva de las Guixas
Cathedral of Jaca ©
Cathedral of Jaca
Estación de Canfranc ©
Estación de Canfranc

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Ainsa, Spain

Ainsa ©
Aínsa is the main town in the Aínsa-Sobrarbe municipal term, Aragon, Spain.It is located south of the Pyrenees, in a geologically interesting setting. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Cañón de Añisclo, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ainsa itinerary planner.

Getting from Jaca to Ainsa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Lourdes.

Things to do in Ainsa

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Cañón de Añisclo
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Cañón de Añisclo ©
Cañón de Añisclo
River Rafting & Tubing

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Lourdes, France

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. On the 26th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Betharram, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, then explore the world behind art at Chateau Fort of Lourdes, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Le Via Crucis/ Way of the Cross/ Chemin de Croix.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lourdes road trip app.

You can drive from Ainsa to Lourdes in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trip

Grottes de Betharram
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Grottes de Betharram ©
Grottes de Betharram
Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception ©

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Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Grotte de Limousis, snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, then steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne route planner.

You can drive from Lourdes to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lourdes in August: highs in Carcassonne hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Grotte de Limousis
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Grotte de Limousis ©
Grotte de Limousis
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Chateau Comtal ©
Chateau Comtal

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