Explore the towns surrounding the Estuary of Bilbao as well as the coast of Biscay and the beautiful Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.

• Tour departs Carlton Hotel (Federico Moyúa Plaza, 2).

• Climb Vizcaya Bridge and walk the footpath (own cost).

• See Castle Butrón and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

• Travel through Urdaibai reserve and visit Guernica.


About The Basque Coast Day Tour:

Discover the natural beauty, local traditions and gastronomy of the Basque coast on this guided half-day tour. The journey begins at 08:40 from the Carlton Hotel in the centre of Bilbao. From here you'll drive along the right bank of the city estuary towards Getxo. Along the way you'll catch a glimpse of Barakaldo, Sestao and Portugalete on the left bank.

In Getxo the bus will stop by the iconic Vizcaya Bridge, known locally as the Puente Colgante, or 'hanging bridge'. For guests who're happy to pay the €8 fee there will be an opportunity to climb up to the bridge's footpath and admire the wonderful views.

Next you'll travel to Castle Butrón for a brief explore and photos outside its fairy tale walls and towers. Via the nearby town of Mungia you'll then head towards San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a quaint chapel perched atop a craggy islet just off the coast of Biscay. Games of Thrones fans will recognise Gaztelugatxe for its spectacular causeway linking the rock to the mainland. It stood in for the pathway leading up to Dragonstone Castle.

The second half of the tour features a walk around the fishing village of Bermeo, followed by a coastal drive to neighbouring Mundaka. This small town sits at the mouth of the Urdaibai estuary and is great spot to observe the fauna and flora of the sandy wetlands. Lastly, you'll take a scenic drive through the nature reserve towards Guernica to visit its Meeting House and the famous Tree of Gernika.

From here the tour returns to Bilbao, arriving back around 14:00.

today Season:

  • Jan 1, 2019 - Mar, 2020 | Saturdays.
  • Apr 1, 2020 - Mar 25, 2021 | Saturdays.

headset Commentary:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish Speaking Guide.

schedule Tour Times:

  • Depart: 08:40 (meet for 08:30).
  • Return: Approximately 14:00.

place Departure Point:

  • Carlton Hotel, Bilbao (Plaza Federico Moyúa 2).

hourglass_empty Duration:

  • Approx. 5 hours.

cancel Exclusions:

  • Lunch.
  • Attraction Entry Fees.

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Due to passenger number requirements, tours are subject to confirmation upon booking. If you would like to confirm a departure beforehand please message (info@cityxplora.com). All tours require a minimum of 2 participants.

Once you have completed your booking you will receive a tour pass immediately via email. Please print or present this on a mobile device to a member of staff at the Carlton Hotel (Plaza Federico Moyúa, 2). Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the indicated tour departure time.

Additional information regarding the tour operator, such as their emergency contact numbers will be listed on your booking confirmation voucher.


• Full refunds can be provided for cancellation requests notified at least 24 hours in advance of the activity start time.

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