Take This Coastal Hike from San Sebastian to Pasaia
Unlike other cities, hiking is a ‘walk in the park’ for many locals. No cars, or train trips or overnight preparation is needed if you want to find a trail or route that will really flex those muscles. This walking route takes you from the surfer district of Gros to Pasaia, the next town across.
Route: San Sebastian to Pasaia via Monte Ulia
Length: 2hrs 30mins
Unless there’s been weeks of solid sunshine, it’s advisable to wear proper footwear – well, at least not flip-flops (I’ve seen some of you do it!). It’s a well trodden route and there will be muddy patches. If you want a bit more isolation it’s better to go on a weekday and don’t be afraid to take the unofficial routes. The lead you to more interesting places!
The walk starts behind Casa de Okendo up continues up Zemoriya Kalea which eventually narrows down into a path. The key thing to remember is the route colour you are following – there are also posts every so often to keep you on the right track.
This is a beautiful route where you can take in sights of the long, winding and majestic coastline – where land meets the ocean and then quickly blends into the horizon. The following pictures are (mostly) in order…
There are few historical points of interest to visit if you march off the official trail, such as the early 19th Century whale watching outputs, where hunting whales was a wildly popular activity along the Basque coast.
…and finally the beginning of the end. The port town of Pasaia can be seen in the distance. You can take Bus E09 straight back to San Sebastian, it’s every 10 mins and the journey time is 15mins. Almost makes you feel like that 2h r30min walk was a bit pointless!
Interested in a more intense hike? Take a look at my post on Txindoki Mountain, two hours from San Sebastian, and one of the mot popular routes for loacls in Gipuzkoa.