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Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by winkd2

Was hoping that someone could help me plan a drive from San Sebastian to Zaragoza.

How long would it take to make the drive if I passed through Pamplona and detoured to Jaca & Huesca, before heading into Zaragoza? It seems like the drive thru Tudela would be quicker but not as pretty. Any thoughts?

Thanks!

Any suggestions for places to stop during the drive?

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by ATLC

The most direct route that www.viamichelin.com gives is

Time: 05h44 including 04h40 on motorways
Distance: 473km including 431km on motorways

www.viamichelin.com gives this for your suggested route, going via Pamplona and Jaca, Huesca:
Time: 07h02 including 03h32 on motorways
Distance: 579km including 368km on motorways, with 201km on scenic roads

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by DanielF

There are several San Sebastians in Spain, but I take you mean the capital of Gipuzkoa, as it is the most famous one. ATLC probably chose a different one from viamichelin, though, as it only takes about three hours to drive to Zaragoza via Pamplona and Tudela, which is the most direct route, entirely on motorways.

The other option, via Jaca and Huesca is far more scenic, but it is quite a detour and you will drive on a national road from Pamplona to Huesca. I guess that it would take you almost double the time than the other route (not including stops).

In the Jaca route, I suggest that you stop to admire the Gorge of Lumbier, the Leyre Monastery and (best of all) San Juan de la Peña, near Jaca.

If you choose the shortest route, the small Medieval town of Olite, the desert-like Bardenas Reales and even the mudejar town of Tarazona would make really nice stops.

Have a nice trip.

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by ATLC

I might be wrong of course. But I have been in San Sebastian (yep, the famous one) and I checked on the map after viamichelin gave me several options.

Or did you mean Donostia San Sebastian? Then indeed it is a shorter drive but my general information remains the same.

btw... I chose E - Cantabria - Puentenansa (39554) : San Sebastián de Garabandal

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by DanielF

Yes, Donostia-San Sebastián would be the right one. San Sebastián de Garabandal is just a tiny hamlet in the mountains of Cantabria.

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by ATLC

In that case, it's:

Time: 02h46 including 02h26 on motorways
Distance: 264km including 252km on motorways
with 36km on scenic roads

and via Jaca and Huesca:
Time: 04h17 including 01h38 on motorways
Distance: 342km including 170km on motorways
with 135km on scenic roads

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by winkd2

Daniel-

Thanks for the great advice!

David

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by ATLC

Sorry that my earlier information wasn't correct. My 3rd posting has the correct times and distances. Cheers!

Re: Driving from San Sebastian to Zaragoza

by winkd2

Thanks!

Travel Tips for San Sebastián

The Food

by bushes39

Basically, if the Basques could cook it, they turned it into a food. Don't worry too much about what you're eating. There is a reason why the Basque food is craved throughout Spain. It is, by far, the best of Spain. San Sebastian is a welcoming town. It's easy to slip in and enjoy the town. It's a beach town. There are always a few tourists around, so you never have to feel like you stand out. The easiest way to gain instant love from the people is to show a little interest in the Basque culture. They are very proud people, and will happily welcome you with open arms.

Pintxos

by Peret about For the old town

Here you'll find the best "pintxos" of the world, in my opinion. Walking in the streets of the old town, you will find a lot of bars, where you can see a lot of kinds of this "pintxos". Don't have shame. Go in and take as you wont. Leave the steack in the plate, and when you are over, show to the waiter and pay. Accompany it with a "txacoli" , white basque wine. You will see, what a great and authentic "fast-food".
En aqueta ciutat trobareu els millors pintxos del món. Passejant pels carrers de ls ciutat vella, trobareu un munt de bars, on podreu veure un munt de tipus d'aquest pintxos. No tingueu vergonya, entreu i agafeu els que vulgueu. Deixeu l'escuradents al plat, i quan hagueu acabat, ensenyeu-li al cambrer i pagueu. ja veureu, un sa i gran "fast-food".

Parte Vieja

by PookieRabbit

Literally the "old part" of San Sebastian. This is great place to just wander both during the day and night. In this area is the likes of the small port, El Muelle.
Come nightfall this is the area to come and wander round bars selling the wonderful local tapa's known as pintxos (pronounced "PEEN-chos" I believe).

Parte Vieja

by mikey_e

The Alde Zaharra or Parte Vieja (Old Town) is the heart of the tourist scene in San Sebastian and, although it has few official installations or institutions to visit, compared to other cities, it has an irresistible charm that draws people into its narrow streets. This is not the oldest part of town – that role is played by the Antiguo barrio – but it certainly lays claim to the historic heart of the city. Donostia was only founded in the 11th century, so don’t expect to find Neolithic remains here, despite the ancient roots of the Basque people. This area was built around the port and was larger populated by fishermen, which explains the various easy access routes to the Bay. Donostia was official declared a town by the King of Navarre in 1180, and that explains why there are few Romanesque churches here, if any, rather than the greater presence of Gothic and Baroque buildings. It used to be that this area was heavily nationalist in an unfriendly sort of way – that is, the sort of elements that might give rise to kale borroka. In the ten years or so between my visits to San Sebastian, however, the Alde Zaharra has been converted to a very touristy area and the outward signs of militant nationalism you are likely to see are on keychains and t-shirts made in China and on sale for twenty times their actual value. Nevertheless, this is a great place to come at night, when the bars and restaurants really light up and the patrons spill out onto the street with their cider and plates of pintxoak.

Donostia-San Sebastian

by PookieRabbit

We visited San Sebastian as part of a twin centre trip also including Bilbao.
San Sebatian is located in the Basque area of Northern Spain. If you fly into this area of Spain you will be suprised how green and hilly the area is. I thought it looked almost like parts of the UK and Ireland. Its not green for a reason though - it does rain quite a lot!
Unless you just want to lay on the beach (and there is nothing wrong with that!) I would say a couple of days is enough for a visit and it does make an excellent double break with Bilbao.

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