Trekking & Hiking in San Sebastian (Donostia) – St. James’s Way

Last Updated on March 28, 2021

San Sebastian is a perfect destination for trekking and hiking lovers. Nature is excellent in the city and surrounding areas that on one side you may enjoy the Cantabrian Sea and on the other side, the green of the mountains overlooking the sea with beautiful cliffs. A hike along these lands is a great attraction and one of the best things to do in San Sebastian for nature lovers.


St. James’s Way

St. James’s Way can be taken via “the Northern Route” or “the Coastal Route” that was the original route taken by the pilgrims across the whole of Christian Europe in order to reach Santiago de Compostela. It is the most beautiful route and must for trekking and hiking lovers in San Sebastian.

The route starts in Irun and runs through the the green mountains and the blue Cantabrian Sea. The route passes through San Sebastian over two signposted stages.

You may walk eastwards to Pasajes via Mount Ulia and along a path between pines, oaks and cliffs.

This route would take over an hour and you may head the opposite way, in the direction of the Camino, via Mount Igeldo and the slopes of Mendizorrotz, with the sea on your right hand and the green land of Gipuzkoa on your left hand.


And in about four hours you may reach the town of Orio. From there you may go back to San Sebastian by bus or train.

<– San Sebastian – Orio

Crossing the bay you will arrive at Ondarreta Beach and leave San Sebastian. From here, the way runs along a mountain range composed of three connected mountains that include; Mount Igeldo, Mendizorrotz and Kukuarri and accompanies you to the fishing port of Orio.

The 16 km. route is excellent with isolated hamlets and cattle farms and balcony overlooking the Cantabrian Sea.

The route also passes through the village of Igeldo that you may there have a rest at the various great restaurants.

San Sebastian – Pasaia –>

Heading to the east from Zurriola Beach in the opposite direction to St James’s Way, you may start your route along the beautiful stretches of the Gipuzkoa coast.

On the edge of the deserted cliffs of Mount Ulia, you may reach the fishing village of Pasai San Pedro after a 7.6 km. path. You will pass by an old watchtower from medieval times.

And then you continue between pine trees and lowland forest and reach a crag that hosts the Faro de la Plata (Silver Lighthouse) with a magnificent lookout over the entrance to the port of Pasaia.


From there you go down from the steps to the bay next to another lighthouse of Senokozuloa.

And you may finish the walking tour by taking a boat and crossing the bay to the charming town of Pasai Donibane.