We can all agree that hiking in Spain is awesome! However, hiking in Zumaia Spain (Zumaya) is really unique.

Here’s how my hike went…

I did the hike from Zumaia to Deba along the Basque coast. The hike was breathtaking. Honestly, it was so beautiful! It was a lot of up- and downhill, which made it kind of exhausting, but it was completely worth it!

How to get to Zumaia from San Sebastian

You can take the Euskotren from Amara train station directly to Zumaia Spain. If you use your Mugi-card the price for the trip is 1,35 €, if not it is 2,45 €. The trip takes around 40 minutes. From the station in Zumaia, you have to walk towards the coast to the Flysch cliffs and here the hike starts!

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The starting point for you hike

The start of the hike from Zumaia to Deba

When you are at the cliffs, you start walking uphill. This part is quite steep, but you get both a gorgeous view over the small town Zumaia as well as the seemingly never-ending ocean.

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Zumaia seen on the way to the top of the hill
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The ocean and the Flysch cliffs from the way up

The view is simply breathtaking!

As you get to the top, you will get an amazing view of the Basque coast. The grey skies this weekend made it look very dramatic. It seems as if the coast is going on forever and ever when you look at it from here.

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When you reach the top of the mountains at Zumaia

As you reach the top you have to turn a bit away from the coast and more into the mountains. It is important that you remember to always follow the yellow arrows you will see all along the path. These arrows indicate the right way.


Sometimes there are no arrows though and then you just have to follow your instinct and take the most logical way, in my experience. Either how all roads lead to Rome, right? 😉

As you walk more into the mountains you will walk past some vines and you get close to different animals, such as cows, horses, and sheep. I am pretty sure the vines are used to produce Txakoli, which is the local white wine. The wine has a perfect amount of sweetness to it, which I love!

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The forest of Zumaia

When you have been walking in the mountains for a while, you end up in a forest, which you have to continue through. It is so peaceful inside, the only thing you hear is the sound of birds singing and occasionally the sound of a squirrel breaking an acorn. I quite frankly instantly fell in love with this place!

But it just keeps on getting better:

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Why you should visit the cozy “self-service-shop” at Zumaia

On the other side of the forest, there is a small farm, which has a “self-service shop”. Here you can buy different products from the farm. It was super cute and I loved how it was just there, in the middle of nowhere. To me, it was as authentic as it could get. No tourist trap just delicious and pure products.

I’ll never regret this…

Therefore, I decided to buy a bottle to bring home to San Sebastian as a souvenir from this trip, even though I am not really into Sidra. However, it is a traditional drink and the locals absolutely love it! My husband also enjoys it, but admittedly likes the sweet “dulce” version more. The best thing was that it now is a lovely memory of this wonderful hike in Basque Country.

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The difficult path to Deba

Trust me it’s worth the struggle…

From here there is about 5.5 kilometers left till you reach Deba. The next kilometer or so is a little more flat than the rest of the hike and you get pretty close to the highway. Actually you have to cross a bridge that goes above the highway. I do not think this part was as nice as the rest, luckily it is pretty short. Crossing the bridge across the highway felt quite scary, even though it was safe. I think it was maybe the sound of the cars, their speed and just looking down at it, that scared me a bit.

But on the other hand,

nature really complemented the highway in an urban yet rural perfect combination. I think it is impossible to ruin this beautiful nature – even with a highway. However, I still prefer unspoiled nature.

Luckily you return to nature as fast as a Tesla accelerates, lol! 😉

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The last part of the hike from Zumaia to Deba

After the highway, there is a little more walking in the forest. As you exit the forest, you reach an area with more fields with cows, bulls, and donkeys as you get closer to the ocean. At this point my body was really starting to get tired and I started to wonder how far Deba was. Then I reached the top of the hills, from which you can see the ocean again. That felt relieving in some ways, as I now knew there was not that much left of my pretty hike from Zumaia to Deba.

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I wish I did this thing:

You walk through a small village called Itziar and then you start descending towards Deba and the ocean. The descent is quite steep and by then your legs are so tired, that it is super exhausting. Anyway, it is really pretty, so remember to enjoy! When I came down I couldn’t keep thinking about the point that I should have taken some more breaks to enjoy the stunning nature. So remember to stop and have an extra look at nature!

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The conclusion of the hike from Zumaya to Deba

The hike from Zumaia to Deba was stunning and I am falling in love with hiking in the Basque Country. Here are so many places to go and so much beautiful nature to see. I can not wait to explore more of it!
Do not forget to read about my other recent hike from Hondarribia to Saint-Jean-de-Luz here.

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  1. HI! Thanks for the great write-up. I was wondering if you remember how long the walk took in total? I’ve seen estimates of four hours, but that seems potentially short for a 16km+ walk. Thanks!


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