6 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

6 days in Basque Country & The Pyrenees Itinerary

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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
— 1 night
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Jaca, Spain
— 1 night
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Ainsa, Spain
— 1 night
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Lourdes, France
— 1 night
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night

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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), make a trip to Plaza de la Constitucion.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Sebastian - Donostia road trip planning tool.

London, UK to San Sebastian - Donostia is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from London in August since evenings lows in San Sebastian - Donostia dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaca.

Things to do in San Sebastian - Donostia

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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. On the 24th (Mon), Head underground at Cueva de las Guixas, steep yourself in history at Estación de Canfranc, thenexplore the historical opulence of Ciudadela De Jaca, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Jaca, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museo Diocesano de Jaca - Arte Romanico.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Jaca day trip tool.

You can drive from San Sebastian - Donostia to Jaca in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ainsa.

Things to do in Jaca

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Cueva de las Guixas, Estación de Canfranc
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Cueva de las Guixas ©
Cueva de las Guixas
Estación de Canfranc ©
Estación de Canfranc
Ciudadela De Jaca ©
Ciudadela De Jaca

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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. On the 25th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Cañón de Añisclo, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then make a trip to Plaza Mayor.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ainsa online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Jaca to Ainsa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Lourdes.

Things to do in Ainsa

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Betharram, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, thenbrowse the exhibits of 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, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lourdes travel route planner.

You can drive from Ainsa to Lourdes in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car 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 ©
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), thenstep into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, thencontemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Carcassonne Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lourdes to Carcassonne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Lourdes, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carcassonne, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can 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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