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 69 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 6 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 2 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

Vitoria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 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

Castle of Butron

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 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

San Sebastián

4 star rating: Recommended 11 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

Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 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

Biarritz

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

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

Aquarium San Sebastian

Extensively revamped in 2008, San Sebastian’s aquarium has an enviable waterside position at the foot of Monte Urgull, is one of the most up-to-date in ...  Read more

Bilbao's Santiago Cathedral

Wandering the narrow medieval streets of Bilbao's Casco Viejo, you'll stumble upon the towering exterior walls of Santiago Cathedral. It is believed that the ...  Read more

Bilbao's White Bridge

Just south of the Guggenheim Museum resides Bilbao's White Bridge, yet another inventive structure in this city so known for pushing the artistic envelope. ...  Read more

Buen Pastor Cathedral

The neo-Gothic cathedral of Buen Pastor (the Good Shepherd) was completed in 1897 at a time when San Sebastian was flourishing as an aristocratic seaside ...  Read more

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