The north-coast of Spain runs from the French border at Irún so far as A Coruña (La Coruña) in Galicia. This advised driving tour of northern Spain recommends one of the best locations to go to on the 500km journey from the Basque Nation within the east to the border between Asturias and Galicia within the west. Contemplating the numerous lovely locations to see on this route, a minimal time of two weeks is really useful for the journey.

While some folks will start this journey on the Irún/Hendaye border, others will arrive by ferry in Santander or Bilbao or drive up by way of Central Spain or Portugal. Because of this I haven’t written the article as a “Day 1, Day 2, and many others” however have as a substitute really useful the highlights of Northern Spain on a journey travelling from east to west.

Irún/Hendaye to Hondarribia

The border between Hendaye in France and Irún in Spain is outlined by the Bidasoa River. Curiously there’s an unoccupied island referred to as Isla de los Faisanes (Pheasant Island) which lies between the 2 international locations who alternate sovereignty over it each six months.

A 7km drive north of Irún, passing the Airport of San Sebastian, results in the lovely village of Hondarribia. This is likely one of the most lovely cities within the Basque Nation which is centred on a historic Outdated City crammed with historic Basque homes with vibrant, wood balconies. It’s well-known for its wonderful tapas bars and eating places and is dwelling to the Parador de Hondarribia, a luxurious resort which was constructed from the stays of the twelfth century Fort of Charles V.

Hondarribia to San Sebastian

Starting our journey west we now be part of the AP-8 toll street simply past Irún and drive a complete of simply 23km to the gorgeous metropolis of San Sebastian. Overlooking the seashores of Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, San Sebastian might be greatest identified for its gastronomic scene. Town is dwelling to eleven Michelin-starred eating places together with the well-known Restaurante Arzak which is recognised as one of many world’s high eating places.

If the 410 Euros per particular person tasting menu (with wine included!) is a bit of over your finances it is best to head for the Casco Viejo and take a tapas tour of the various bars of the Outdated City. Within the Basque Nation tapas are generally known as ‘pintxos’ that are every kind of seafood, meat or greens served on bread with a toothpick holding it collectively. A glass of txakolí wine or native cider is the right drink to go along with your pintxos.

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