To the east of San Sebastian, wonderful fishing villages, which you shouldn’t miss, unfold. In this trip we propose you a tour to Hondarribia and Pasajes (San Pedro and San Juan).
Pasajes San Juan, or Pasai Donibane in basque language, is where spread out main Pasajes historical monuments and it is the most picturesque and touristic area. San Pedro sector has not undergone modifications during the last two centuries, its ancient cemetery and the Romanesque and Gothic fronts are relevant.
Hondarribia is one of the most beautiful villages in the region, a fairytale town between the mountain and the sea. It preserves a medieval part in excellent condition which contrasts with the current main square surrounded by bars and white houses with colorful windows and balconies full of flowers. One of the main entrances to the city is Puerta de Santa Maria, where there used to be also a drawbridge. If you are spending a few days in San Sebastian, you will complete very well your holidays with this tour to Hondarribia and Pasajes, which are at such an affordable distance from San Sebastian and pretty well worth a visit.
Description of the activity
A private car with a guide in charge will pick up you from your accomodation. In a few minutes we’re gonna be in Pasajes. We will have a walk around Pasaia Donibane or San Juan which is mainly pedestrian. The walk is quiet, without stress, since only local people enter this town.
Near the town entrance we are going to see an old chimney, symbol of the intense industrial activity in ancient times. We will let ourselves being carried along the alleys, admiring the stone fronts. We will see Casa Gaviria, also known as Casa de Víctor Hugo because the great writer used to live there.
Pasai San Pedro is set in front of Pasai Donibane. From this district, we’ll be able to have the best sights of the houses overlooking the estuary on the opposite shore and we can also have a walk to the mouth of the Cantabrian Sea.
Another very interesting option that you may consider is to see these towns from another perspective, from the sea, through a jet ski route.
In Hondarribia we are going to visit Carlos V castle whose building is ascribed to Sancho Abarca de Navarra and the fortification, in 1190, to Sancho el Sabio. Then we will delight ourselves with Calle Mayor fronts, the family coats of arms on the wrought iron balconies and the double eaves of the ceilings with carved corbels.
Hondarribia and Pasajes San Pedro and San Juan are three towns of daydream which you will carry in your memory forever. You can’t miss them!
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.