The Basque Country

Post written by Kate Robinson.
If you have ever travelled to Spain you probably agree that it is quite surprising how different each autonomous region is from another. The Basque Country, or Euskadi in Basque and País Vasco in Spanish, is perhaps one of the best examples of this. This region is renowned for its individuality and it really does strive to be a country on its own. When you arrive in the capital city of the Basque Country, Bilbao, you will see the first signs that it is different…the street signs are all written in both Euskera (the Basque language) and Spanish, and you will probably hear the locals speaking in a funny language. If you have ever been to Barcelona, you will have experienced something similar.
It is this cultural identity that I think you will like about Bilbao as it is so different from the traditional Spanish stereotypes. However, this is not the only attraction….the Basque Country is known for its beautiful landscapes, green hills and mountains which can be contrasted with the dry, parched fields and land of central and southern Spain.
I love the Basque Country and here are a few places you must visit.
Bilbao is the capital of the Basque Country where you can visit the Guggenheim Museum and go shopping.

San Sebastian
San Sebastian has one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen, called La Concha. Here you should walk around and take in the atmosphere….as well as sample pintxos (Basque style tapas).
Pamplona is actually the capital of Navarre, another autonomous community, but its proximity to the Basque Country makes it worth visiting. This is where they run the bulls through the narrow streets to the bull ring every day for a week in July.
Bilbao is the main gateway to the Basque Country and Navarre so you are more likely to find low cost flights to its airport. Some of the airlines which operate routes to Bilbao are Iberia and easyJet. Flights with American Airlines and British Airways usually have a stopover in Madrid.

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