The Basque Country is a small region in the northeast of Spain, and southwest of France. This beautiful region stands out from the rest of Spain, and its not just a question of its language. Here you’ll find great surfer beaches, world-renowned wineries, Michelin-star rated restaurants, pintxo (tapas) cuisine, and feisty locals with a culture unique to the whole of Europe … which makes for an exceptional travel experience.
Basque Country Highlights
Below are a few top experiences that can feature in your bespoke Basque Country itinerary.
• Celebrate Spain’s Basque culture at the colorful and lively Aste Nagusia Festival, which is celebrated annually in Bilbao, over 9 days beginning on the first of the Saturday after the 15th of August. Combine this a beach getaway in San Sebastian.
• Considered the culinary capital of Spain, and frequently named one of the world’s best places to eat, San Sebastián has been showered with Michelin stars for its restaurants with haute Basque cuisine and pintxo (tapas) culture.
• In Bilbao, tour Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, an internationally recognized masterpiece.
• For film buffs, visit in mid-September, to attend the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
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Hotel maria cristina, San Sebastián
The grande dame of San Sebastián hotels, Hotel Maria Cristina has managed to retain its belle époque glamour. As the hub of activity during the city’s annual film festival in Sept, everyone including to Pedro Almodóvar has stayed here. Visit the hotel website.
iriarte jauregia, guipuzcoa
Iriarte Jauregia is a charming 300-year-old mansion in the heart of the Basque Country, set in a beautiful valley in the countryside and located only 30min from the Basque coastline and the city of San Sebastián (a great little city on the beach). Visit the hotel website.
Once a much-loved cinema, this may be the coolest hotel in town, with a movie theme that runs throughout. A perfect base from which to walk to the beach or the Old Town, for pintxos (tapas) hopping. The rooms are dedicated to film greats past and present. Visit the hotel website.
hotel villa soro
San Sebastián’s exclusive Hotel Villa Soro combines a century-old villa experience with luxury service. A beautiful 19th century chateaux, this country house epitomizes first-class grandeur and optimal beach tranquility in one of Spain’s most magical cities. Visit the hotel website.