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Top Villages in Basque Country

By Viator, March 2018

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Spain’s Basque Country is filled with Michelin star-rated cuisine, surf-able coastlines, and sweet little pueblos worth a wander. Whether you head east or west along the Bay of Biscay coast, or south and inland toward La Rioja wine country, here are a few of the region’s most visit-able villages.

Hondarribia
This seaside border town (the French border, to be exact) captures a vibrant side of Spain like none other, with its rainbow-colored homes decorated with ornate wooden facades and flowerpot-bedecked balconies. Above the city, explore the fortressed old town with its still-standing medieval walls. Once inside, you can visit the Castle of Charles V (which now houses a Parador Hotel) and the 15th-century Gothic-style cathedral Santa Maria de la Asunción. After checking out the city, head for the coast: Hondarribia boasts a lengthy beach with waters suitable (when the moody northern weather permits) for surfing, swimming and jet skiing.

Getaria
In the opposite direction, heading away from France, you’ll come upon another coastal town, Getaria. This fishing village is proudly the birthplace of historical figures like Juan Sebastián Elcano, who was Magellan’s second-in-command on his trip around the world, and, more recently, world-renowned fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Apart from a stop at Balenciaga’s namesake museum, a trip to the village should include abundant sampling of local delights like pescado a la brasa—a barbecued fish—and txakolí, the Basque dry white wine for which the region is especially renowned.

Laguardia
Steering away from the coast, venture inland to Spanish wine country and the Rioja region. For a particularly vino-filled experience, set your sights on the village of Laguardia. This walled-in town sits atop a maze of bodegas, so much so that sometimes the whole pueblo smells of grape and barrel. Wander the town’s narrow streets, snack on local cuisine (like pinchos, Basque Country’s answer to the tapa), or even venture underground to experience the Laguardia underworld for yourself.

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Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, null
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Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from San Sebastian

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Location: San Sebastián, Spain
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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San Sebastian and Biarritz, Bilbao, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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San Sebastian and Biarritz

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Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.86
Explore the Basque Coast, Bilbao, Day Trips
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Explore the Basque Coast

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Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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Full-Day Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

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Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Pamplona and Vitoria guided visit lunch included, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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Pamplona and Vitoria guided visit lunch included

The delights of the Basque highland cities can be found close to San Sebastian. Pamplona worldwide known city for its famous San Fermin party has much more to ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch, San Sebastian, Cultural Tours
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Private Guipuzcoa Coast Tour from San Sebastian with Lunch

The delights of the coast of Guipuzcoa can be found much further than the astonishing beaches of San Sebastian. Tiny and lovely fishing villages like Orio can ...  Read more

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San Sebastián and Getaria with visit to Txakoli bodega and lunch at traditional restaurant, ... 
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San Sebastián and Getaria with visit to Txakoli bodega and lunch at traditional restaurant

A chance to experience a tour that brings together many of the key characteristics of the Basque Country: the wild coast, a Txakoli winery and fantastic food. ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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The Basque Coast of Gipuzkoa Tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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The Basque Coast of Gipuzkoa Tour from San Sebastian

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Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: Flexible

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Hondarribia and Pintxos Tour from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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Hondarribia and Pintxos Tour from San Sebastian

We invite you to join us on a guided walking city tour of one of the most charming fisherman villages on the Basque Coast, Hondarribia (Fuenterrabia). ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $233.50

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