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Basque by Bike

Highlights / General details

What do you get when you mash up history, art, and culture, add a sprinkling of beaches and palaces, and mix it all up with some Basque charm on two wheels? The best San Sebastián bike tour ever, that’s what! Give your brain a workout along with your legs and learn all about San Seb while riding the city’s fabulous bike trails.

Highlights

Get the best views of San Sebastián from the seat of a bike.

Ride along some of the 30 kilometers of bike paths throughout the city.

Explore one of San Sebastián’s oldest and most authentic neighborhoods.

Head to beaches loved by locals and check out the raging surf scene.

Become an expert on the history and culture of San Sebastián and the Basque Country.

Inclusion

Local English-speaking guide; Bike and helmet rental.

Exclusion

Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Food and beverages; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Gratuities for your local guide.

Hours of operation

Available daily; Start time at 10:30am.

Duration

Approximately 2.5 hours.

Location

Meeting Point: Ijentea 4 Street, in front of the bike store Westside.

Ending Point: Ijentea 4 Street.

Itinerary

Your San Sebastián cycle tour will start at one of the most iconic buildings in the city: the town hall, Ayuntamiento. Before we take off, you’ll get to mingle with locals, check out the antique carousel, and learn quirky facts like why there are so many small trees in this area, and how San Sebastián is connected to Japan.

We’ll follow the bidegorri bike path along La Concha beach up to the palace of Queen Maria Cristina, before arriving at one of the most local beaches in the city: Ondarreta.

From there, your San Sebastián tour will take you to the end of the bay, where nature meets civilization. You’ll discover some Basque modern art before veering through one of the city’s oldest, most authentic neighborhoods and toward a “secret passage” that connects two parts of the city. You’ll ride through districts that show the many faces of San Sebastián, from the workers’ city to the aristocratic belle époque of the past as you follow the Urumea River back to the city center, passing villas and bourgeois palaces. You’ll also discover one of the most important buildings of San Sebastian, Kursaal — a building that’s linked with a kind of dark past.

As your cycle tour continues, you’ll get to enjoy the wild of the ocean and admire some brave surfers along Zurriola Beach, in the beautiful Gros district. You’ll head toward the port area, one of our favorite places for appreciating the city, and a place where past and present meet (it’s also the entrance to the food heaven of pintxo bars, by the way — very important to know!).

You’ll ride back across the Monte Urgull battlefield and along the old city walls, and finish your San Sebastián cycle adventure down the contemporary Boulevard that separates the Old Town from the new part of the city.

Additional Information

Dress standard: Comfortable shoes and clothes.

Participant restrictions

Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge, but must be seated on the back of a parent’s bike or in a trailer connected to the parent’s bike. Seats and trailers are available for an extra fee (trailers are suitable for up to 7 years of age, and seats are suitable for children from 9 months to approximately 3 or 4 years of age). Please note that we do not have child-size bikes for children under age 14.

Policies

Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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