5-Day Spain Road Trip from San Sebastian to Pamplona and Bilbao

Perfect travel plans
Everything included
Fully customizable

Description

Summary

Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Available
Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
4 nights included
Car rental
5 days included
Flights
Optional
Travel app
All vouchers, itinerary, & map

Description

Experience the freedom of the open road in Spain as you embark on an unforgettable 5-day road trip! This experience caters to every traveler, featuring destinations like San Sebastian, Pamplona, Olite/Erriberri, Bilbao, and Villaescusa. Set off on the ultimate European adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Spain takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in San Sebastian, 1 night in Pamplona, and 1 night in Bilbao. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Spain. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in San Sebastian, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Spain on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Spain. Guggenheim Museum and Cabarceno Natural Park are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through San Sebastian, Pamplona, Olite/Erriberri, Bilbao, and Villaescusa, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Spain. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Spain.

Throughout your road trip in Spain, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Spain.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Spain fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Spain today!

Read more

Included

Hotel, 4 nights
Rental car, 5 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Photo of the aerial view of Plaza de Toros in Pamplona, the capital of Navarre province in northern Spain.Pamplona / 1 night
Photo of aerial view over the historical village of Olite in Navarre, Spain.Olite/Erriberri
Photo of panoramic aerial view of San Sebastian (Donostia) on a beautiful summer day, Spain.Donostia / San Sebastián / 2 nights
Photo of aerial view of Bilbao, Spain city downtown with a Nevion River, Zubizuri Bridge and promenade. Mountain at the background, with clear blue sky.Bilbao / 1 night

Map

Attractions

Photo of Guggenheim, Bilbao, museum, modern art, Spain.Guggenheim Museum
photo of stunning landscape in the Cabarceno Nature Park in Cantabria. Northern coast of Spain.Cabarceno Natural Park
Beach of La Concha, San Sebastián, Donostialdea, Gipuzkoa, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainBeach of La Concha
Photo of Ramparts of the Royal Palace of Olite in Spain.Royal Palace of Olite
Photo of Aerial panorama of medieval fortifications of Pamplona city of the running of the bulls in Navarra Spain .Ciudadela de Pamplona
Photo of Alderdi Eder gardens is beautiful gardens along the bay in San Sebastian, Spain .Alderdi Eder parkea
Photo of Peine del Viento XV,San Sebastian, Spain.Haizearen orrazia
Aquarium de San Sebastián, San Sebastián, Donostialdea, Gipuzkoa, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainAquarium
Photo of Plaza de toros – a bullring in the spanish city Pamplona.Plaza de Toros de Pamplona
Photo of Pavilion monument at the castle Square in the old town of Pamplona, Spain.Castle Square
Federico Moyua enparantza, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainFederiko Moiua enparantza
photo of Plaza Gipuzkoa is a public park in the center of the San Sebastian city, Basque Country in northern Spain.Gipuzkoa Plaza
Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao, Indautxu, Abando, Bilbao, Biscay, Autonomous Community of the Basque Country, SpainMuseum of Fine Arts of Bilbao
Photo of Miramar palace in san sebastian, guipuzcoa, Spain .Miramar Palace
Photo of Portal de San Nicolas, Baroque-style ancient city gate in the Taconera Gardens built in 1660 in Pamplona, Navarre, Spain on a cloudy day .Taconera
Photo of Cristina Enea parkea ,San Sebastian ,Spain .Cristina Enea parkea

Flights
Yes
No

Round trip
Economy
Round trip
Economy

Travel details

Flights

Round trip
Economy
Round trip
Economy
Travel dates

Include flights?

Yes
No

Travelers

Rooms

Flights

Car
Yes
No

Car

Small car

Small car

Category
small car
Transmission
People
Large bags
Medium car

Medium car

Category
Medium
Transmission
People
Large bags
Premium car

Premium car

Category
premium car
Transmission
People
Large bags

Hotels

Personalize your itinerary

Day 1

Day 1 – San Sebastian - arrival day

  • Donostia / San Sebastián - Arrival day
  • More
  • Miramar Palace
  • More

Welcome to San Sebastian, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Spain! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 1 night immersing yourself in San Sebastian's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

San Sebastian is a beautiful city with plenty to discover. If you arrive before check-in time or prefer to get started on your sightseeing right away, we recommend checking out Miramar Palace or taking a stroll in the city center. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

Make your way to your chosen hotel. Check-in typically starts between 2 and 4 PM in San Sebastian. Make yourself at home and enjoy some downtime before heading out again.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in San Sebastian. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

This popular restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, ensuring an essential addition to your holiday itinerary. With a recognition, it promises an exceptional dining experience not to be missed. Don’t miss out on dining at Polka San Sebastián, a top-rated dining destination in San Sebastian. If you're in the mood to try something new, consider Bar Antonio, another top spot with a mouthwatering menu. You might also want to secure a reservation at Bodega Donostiarra Gros. With a reputation for consistently satisfied customers, it’s a perfect choice to enhance your stay in San Sebastian this evening.

After your meal, keep the night alive at a bar like Gorriti Taberna, known for its lively atmosphere.

Raise a toast to the start of your 5-day road trip in Spain!

Read more

Experiences

Day 2

Day 2 – San Sebastian and Pamplona

  • Pamplona
  • Donostia / San Sebastián
  • More

Drive 88 km, 1 hour 50 min

  • Gipuzkoa Plaza
  • Beach of La Concha
  • Alderdi Eder parkea
  • Aquarium
  • Haizearen orrazia
  • More

Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 2 of your road trip in Spain. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 1 vibrant destinations - San Sebastian. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Pamplona. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Embrace the thrill of the open road as you wave goodbye to San Sebastian and set your GPS to Pamplona. While on the road, immerse yourself in your favorite road trip tunes or sample the sounds from a local radio station. This car ride usually takes around 1 hour 7 min. Upon reaching Pamplona, unwind, observe, and explore. The best things to do, see, and eat are waiting for you.

Make Gipuzkoa Plaza one of your first sightseeing stops in San Sebastian. Rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 8,940 travelers, a visit to this local attraction makes for a great introduction to the area.

Beach of La Concha is a worthwhile attraction you can visit next. This natural feature is a valued place of interest in the area, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 21,054 reviews.

Today is also the perfect opportunity to drop by Alderdi Eder Parkea. This park has been rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 13,442 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore more, head to Aquarium. A trip to this popular aquarium is also your opportunity to see if it lives up to the reputable 4.4 out of 5-star rating as given by 11,413 previous visitors.

Another top place to visit is Peine del Viento XV. This sculpture enjoys an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 11,281 local and international travelers.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Pamplona. Pamplona offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Pamplona. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Renowned for its , this restaurant presents an outstanding menu of cuisine. This distinguished -recipient is a favorite among guests, making it a worthy addition to your holiday plans. With an acclaim, it promises a dining experience you won't want to miss. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner at La Mandarra de La Ramos, an excellent option for tonight's dining. Looking for something different? Bar Guria offers a tantalizing alternative with its diverse menu. And don’t miss Saint Wich. With its reputation for pleasing customers, it’s a fantastic choice for tonight in Pamplona.

After your delicious meal, get a taste of the vibrant nightlife with a visit to Vermutería RÍO, known for its inviting atmosphere. Bar Cerveceria La Estafeta is another great option if you’re looking for a place to get the night started. Similarly, Bar Hawái provides a great setting to enjoy the night away.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, rest up and recharge for the next leg of your road trip in Spain.

Read more

Experiences

Day 3

Day 3 – Pamplona, Olite/Erriberri, and Bilbao

  • Bilbao
  • Pamplona
  • Olite/Erriberri
  • More

Drive 247 km, 3 hours 23 min

  • Plaza de Toros de Pamplona
  • Castle Square
  • Taconera
  • Ciudadela de Pamplona
  • Royal Palace of Olite
  • More

Dive into day 3 of your remarkable road trip in Spain. Today you will explore Pamplona and Olite/Erriberri, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Bilbao. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

When you’ve had your share of Pamplona, prepare for your next destination. Admire the views and listen to some good music as you drive in the direction of Olite/Erriberri. Your travel time is around 35 min.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Plaza de Toros de Pamplona. This bullring is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 10,402 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Castle Square. This square has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 9,066 reviews.

When you’re ready for your next sight of the day, continue to Taconera. This urban park has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 5,567 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Citadel of Pamplona. This citadel is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 15,829 visitors.

As you’ve unraveled the marvels of Pamplona, it’s time to gear up for the next part of your road trip adventure. Under favorable conditions, your drive to Olite/Erriberri may take around 35 min. Upon your arrival in Olite/Erriberri, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Royal Palace of Olite. This extraordinary castle is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 18,713 visitors.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Bilbao, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at one of Bilbao's most popular restaurants, and connect with friendly locals for an authentic adventure.

This local establishment consistently satisfies guests, ensuring an unforgettable holiday experience. Known as a top-rated , it's a top choice in the city. Treat yourself to a delightful dinner at La Viña del Ensanche, highly recommended for tonight's dining. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try Café Iruña? It's another excellent option with a diverse menu. Consider reserving a table at Iturriza Taberna as well. Known for its consistent customer satisfaction, it’s an ideal pick for tonight in Bilbao.

Explore the vibrant nightlife at Stromboli taberna after your meal, a hub for lively evenings and memorable moments.

Head back to your accommodation in Bilbao and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Spain!

Read more

Experiences

Day 4

Day 4 – Bilbao, Villaescusa, and San Sebastian

  • Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Bilbao
  • More

Drive 296 km, 3 hours 37 min

  • Federiko Moiua enparantza
  • Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Cabarceno Natural Park
  • More

On day 4 of your road trip in Spain, you will get a true taste of the freedom a self-drive vacation in Europe entails. Today’s travel plans include stops at the most scenic, wondrous, and interesting places in Bilbao and Villaescusa. In the evening, you’ll end up in San Sebastian, where you will stay for 1 night.

Upon your arrival in Bilbao, you’ll be greeted with the opportunity to do some sightseeing and exploring.

Kick off the day at Federiko Moiua enparantza, a top pick for today’s sightseeing. This sightseeing destination is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in 9,235 reviews.

Today is also your chance to visit Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao. Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao is a museum with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from 8,312 reviews.

Guggenheim Museum is another top attraction we highly recommend you visit today. This museum building is rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 64,815 visitors. In a single year, this museum building hosts approximately 530,967 visitors.

Villaescusa welcomes you with a multitude of unique vacation experiences.

Start your sightseeing with a visit to Cabarceno Natural Park. This zoo is a popular stop on travelers’ itineraries in Villaescusa, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 45,839 visitors.

At the end of the day, you will drive to San Sebastian, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in San Sebastian.

Make sure to book a table at La Cuchara de San Telmo, a popular restaurant in San Sebastian. This acclaimed restaurant and its mouthwatering dishes have earned the admiration of countless food lovers. Experience a taste of San Sebastian at Narru Restaurant, a popular local restaurant. With a menu designed to impress, it promises a journey of flavors that will leave you captivated. Another top-rated restaurant to try is Sirimiri Gastroleku. As a dining spot that gains consistently high praise from guests, it’s an ideal choice to enhance your time to San Sebastian tonight.

Get a good night's sleep and look forward to another great day on the road in Spain!

Read more

Experiences

Day 5

Day 5 – San Sebastian - departure day

  • Donostia / San Sebastián - Departure day
  • More
  • Cristina Enea parkea
  • More

Day 5 of your road trip in Spain is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of San Sebastian before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Maximize your last day in Spain and go on a shopping spree in San Sebastian’s shopping center. This bustling commercial district is conveniently located near your lodging, granting you leisure time to roam and explore its assortment of establishments.

If you love the adrenaline rush of hunting for the best offers and deals in Spain, you’re in for a treat. A variety of goods and gifts await your discovery. Bring a bit of Spain home with you through these charming souvenirs.

Before you conclude your road trip in Spain, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in San Sebastian.

This renowned restaurant holds , and offers an exceptional menu of cuisine. This acclaimed -recipient consistently leaves guests satisfied, making it a must-visit during your holiday. With a recognition, it guarantees an exceptional dining adventure.

You’ll then say farewell to San Sebastian. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Spain!

Read more

Experiences

Similar travel packages

Link to appstore phone
Install Europe’s biggest travel app

Download Europe’s biggest travel marketplace to your phone to manage your entire trip in one place

Scan this QR code with your phone camera and press the link that appears to add Europe’s biggest travel marketplace into your pocket. Enter your phone number or email address to receive an SMS or email with the download link.