Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Basque Country

Basque Country

Boasting some of the best cuisine in the world, beaches in natural surroundings, examples of avant-garde architecture...

This area of northern Spain is perfect for an all-round trip. If you go to the Basque Country, don't forget to try their famous “pintxos”: haute cuisine in miniature which you will find on display in many bars. You'll also find several restaurants run by some of the standard-bearers of the new Spanish cuisine. And if you'd like something delicious to drink, why not try any of the wines from the Rioja Alavesa region?

Also worth a special mention are its beautiful coastal destinations with such well-known places as San Sebastián, Zarautz and Getxo, as well as inland cities such as Vitoria and Bilbao. This last location is home to such innovative buildings as its Guggenheim Museum, which has received international acclaim. Don't miss it, or the spectacular Vizcaya suspension bridge, with the UNESCO World Heritage designation.What's more, if you’re culture lover, there is an event on the calendar not to be missed: the famous San Sebastián International Film Festival which is held in the Palacio Kursaal.And added to all this, the Basque Country has a range of spectacular natural resources (both nature reserves and biosphere reserves) which make this the perfect place for sports, and offer yet another good reason to set out on the popular Way of Saint James pilgrim route which passes through this part of Spain.

The Basque Country Tourism Agency. Basquetour

Alameda de Urquijo 36, 5ª. Bilbao (País Vasco)


The Basque Country Tourist Board
Chabola de la Hechicera dolmen group in Elvillar. ÁlavaTidal area of Zumaia. GipuzkoaGetxo lighthouse. Bizkaia

Get to know the provinces of Basque Country

Araba-Álava (Province)

This is the site of the Gothic cathedral of Santa María de Vitoria, a must for visitors, and particularly now that that the building can be seen while the restoration works are actually taking place.…

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Gipuzkoa (Province)

One of the best-known images of this area is the view of the bay of La Concha in the capital, Donostia-San Sebastián.…

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Bizkaia (Province)

Vizcaya is the most densely populated province in the Basque Country, and has both cities and rural areas which conserve the full flavour of country living.…

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