The hidden jewel of Spain
I often get asked what else is there to be seen in Spain apart from Barcelona. Certainly, most people go to Madrid to visit its museums, and other love to go to Andalucia for its Muslim heritage and the beaches. But if you ask me, I am totally in love with the Basque Country!
Today we have my colleague Aitor share with you some of the best things you can do in his area. Make sure to include a trip to the Basque Country after your stay in Barcelona!
5 things not to miss in the Basque Country
The Basque Country is one of the least known corners of Spain and it is very different in many aspects. But what are the the main reasons to make a stop here?
Here we gave you the five reasons why you can love coming to the Basque Country:
Food. From pintxos (top delicacies served in bars) to great restaurants lost in the middle of the mountains. Not to miss San Sebastian, the city with the highest number of Michelin Stars restaurants per inhabitant.
Drinks. In the Rioja Alavesa area you can find the oldest and most traditional wineries. Start in Laguardia and then go to Marques de Riscal to see the most modern architecture whilst you taste one of the best wines in the region.
Art. The Guggenheim Museum is a must, but all the surrounding area (Abandoibarra) is also worth visiting for its architecture, as part of the renewal of this Phoenix city of Bilbao.
Coast. From Biarritz to Bilbao there are many seaside towns and villages, but if I had to choose one, it would be Getaria: combining an spectacular location, best txakoli wines, history and fashion! Designer Balenciaga was born here and many of his designs can be seen in the house of his first mentors.
Cities. Go to the amusement park in Igeldo to have one of the best views of San Sebastian. From there you can see the Pyrenees, too. And even France!.
Now it’s your turn! Have you ever been in the Basque Country? How was it? Let us know on a comment below!
Aitor Delgado is a Vitoria, Bilbao, San Sebastian & Biarritz local expert and private tourguide. He’s got more than 14 years of experience giving tours, and has travelled to more than 50 countries in the world.