Basque Country Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Basque Country

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Sanctuary of Loyola

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 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

Bilbao

4.5 star rating: Recommended 133 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

Urdaibai Reserva de la Biosfera

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

Guernica (Gernika)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

If you’ve heard the name Guernica before, it’s likely due to the fact that it was demolished by an air raid in the Spanish Civil War and immortalized by ...  Read more

Old Town (Parte Vieja)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 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

Way of St James (Camino de Santiago)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

The famous pilgrimage routes of Camino di Santiago stretch across Europe into northern Spain on their way to Santiago di Compostela, and have been bringing ...  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 59 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 ...  Read more

San Sebastián

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 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

Vitoria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 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 star rating: Recommended 19 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

Saint-Jean-De-Luz

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

This coastal town between Biarritz and the Spanish border is known for being the site of King Louis XIV’s marriage to Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain in 1660. ...  Read more

Sanctuary of Arantzazu

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This Franciscan sanctuary set against the Aizkorri mountain range carries both spiritual and historical significance for many pilgrims to the site. Tradition ...  Read more

Guggenheim Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1997, is hailed as one of the most important architectural works of ...  Read more

Elorrio

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 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

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