Why you should visit the Basque Country
Home to some of the world's finest food, rugged beaches, mountain walking and avant-garde architecture, this area in northern Spain has something to offer all-year round. In one day visitors could find themselves walking a rugged costal path, eating at a Michelin starred restaurant and seeing contemporary art collections at the Guggenheim Museum. The Basque Country is an autonomous community, which takes great pride in its distinctive dialect, cultural traditions and celebrated food.
A little more about the Basque Country
The Basque Country ticks every box. Mountainous national parks and coasts dotted with traditional fishing villages sit proudly aside stylish cities such as San Sebastian. Showcasing modern architecture bursting with galleries and fabulous restaurants, this region is eclectic, individual and unique to Spain. Trying the famous pintxos is a must, similar to tapas these delicious morsels are displayed in all their glory on the counters of numerous bars, to be enjoyed with a glass of local Rioja. Walk between the fishing towns of Orio to Getaria for a night dining on fresh fish, explore the Basque’s beautiful coastal town of Pasaia St Juan and spend a few days walking in the national parks.
In essence this less visited region offers something different from the norm. If visitors are looking to spend time hiking, walking, surfing or cycling in the fresh air, if they are seeking a more cultural city break with food, wine and art or if their ideal holiday is a mix of it all, then the Basque Country should be high on their wish list.
- Take a private tour of the Guggenheim Bilbao followed by lunch in their Michelin starred restaurant, Nerua
- Spend the night at Roja Alavesa with a walking tour of the vineyards
- Explore San Sebastian, home to more Michelin stars per metre than almost anywhere in the world
- Drink a glass or two of cold Txakoli with lunch – watch out for this light sparkling wine; it's strong stuff
- Walk in the national parks and coastal mountains with an expert guide and picnic lunch
- Don’t miss the Wednesday market at Guipuzkoa. Over 100 years old and perfect for a cooking class and lunch
Beyond the Ordinary
Venture into the wilds with two days walking in the Goierri region, the Basque Highlands, home to the popular Idiazabel cheese. Spend time with a mountain shepherd learning more about this cheese's traditional history, tasting with glass of matched local wine while exploring this beautiful region on foot.