The Basque Country, also known as País Vasco in Spanish, is known for its majestic, natural beauty. It’s a place that demands exploration as well as appreciation. And on this trip, not only do we take you to the delightful and cosmopolitan main cities of Bilbao and San Sebastián. But also to Vitoria, a city filled with history.
With an eclectic mix of antique and modern architecture, Bilbao is the economic as well as the cultural center of País Vasco. This is where we will spend our first day. An official local guide will take us through both the old town and new town of Bilbao. You will also witness how tradition blends with modernity to give this city a truly remarkable feel. During your free time, don’t forget to visit the world famous Guggenheim museum. Relax by the lush coastlines. And taste the mouthwatering pintxos!
Next, we will continue to the summer capital of Spain, also known as San Sebastian. Our official local guided tour will take us through the beautiful streets of San Sebastian and all along the coastline to see everything from the Miramar Palace to the baroque church of Santa María. You will fall in love with this diverse city! Sweet cafés in the old quarter, gothic-style architecture, modernist seaside sculptures, soft beaches along the Playa de la Concha and Michelin-Star pintxos!
Finally, on Sunday, our last stop will be at Vitoria-Gasteiz – often shortened to simply Vitoria. The city has a habit of falling off the radar. But it’s actually the capital of not just the southern Basque province of Álava (Basque: Araba) but also the entire País Vasco. Maybe it was given this honour precisely because it is so forgotten, but if that’s the case, prepare for a pleasant surprise. Additionally, the city has an art gallery whose contents frequently surpass those of the more famous Bilbao galleries. A delightful old quarter, as well as dozens of great pintxo bars and restaurants, a large student contingent and a friendly local population.