Basque Country

Basque Country Attractions

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Urdaibai Reserva de la Biosfera

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Slowly meandering toward the Sea of Biscay, the Oca River Estuary forms a vast wetland, the Iberian Peninsula's most important. It is protected by both the ...  Read more

Bilbao

4.5 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

Though it isn't the political capital of the Pais Vasco, Bilbao is its cultural and economic heart, a city of almost a million that stretches from the ...  Read more

Sanctuary of Loyola

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

In 1491, on the once much humbler site of this enormous and ornate Mudejár-style shrine that is the Sanctuary of Loyola, a family of minor nobility ...  Read more

Old Town (Parte Vieja)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Lying between El Muelle harbor and the River Urumea, San Sebastian’s Old Town has its origins in medieval times although it was largely rebuilt following the ...  Read more

Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitucion)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Constitution Square sits in the heart of San Sebastián’s old quarter. Since its construction in the early 1800s, it has served as the city’s main square, ...  Read more

Biarritz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

This fabulous seaside town of Biarritz has been the Pays Basque's hot spot for centuries, a status made official in the late 1800s when Empress Eugénie, ...  Read more

Vitoria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Until the 1980s, when the Basque Country earned autonomous status from the Spanish government, Vitori-Gaitez was just another quaint provincial capital, ...  Read more

San Sebastián

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Wrapped around three glorious beaches - the perfect bays of La Concha and Ondarreta, as well as less visited Playa la Zurriola across the Urumea River - San ...  Read more

Castle of Butron

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Like a fantasy castle straight out of Middle-earth, the pride of the Vizcaya looms above the Butrón River, marking the spot of a key fortification that ...  Read more

Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Inaugurated in 1997, Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, which was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, is hailed as one of the most important ...  Read more

Elorrio

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

The real appeal of the tiny town of Elorrio (population 7,000) is the opportunity to experience rural Basque culture, with a glass of red wine. Surrounded by ...  Read more

Astigarraga

This little village of some 5,000 people might seem like just another town outside of San Sebastián, but really it’s a small place with some pretty big ...  Read more

Castle of Charles V

Situated atop Hondarribia’s highest point, the Castle of Charles V has watched over the colorful Basque fishing town for centuries now. The construction of ...  Read more

Frontón Jostaldi

Not far from San Sebastián in the neighboring riverside city of Hondarribia sits Frontón Jostaldi. The athletic venue plays host to one of the ...  Read more

Alhóndiga Bilbao

Just a few blocks off Bilbao’s main Plaza Moyúa is one of the city’s most unique and surprising structures: the Alhóndiga Bilbao. The multi-purpose ...  Read more

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