Bilbao and the Basque Country Travel Guide
Plan Your Bilbao and the Basque Country Vacation
Northern Spain is a misty land of green hills, low russet rooflines, and colorful fishing villages; it's also home to the formerly industrial city of Bilbao, reborn as a center of art and architecture. The semiautonomous Basque Country—with its steady drizzle (onomatopoetically called the siri-miri), verdant landscape, and rugged coastline—is a distinct national and cultural entity.
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Though top restaurants are expensive in Bilbao, some of what is undoubtedly Europe's finest cuisine is served here in... read more
Things To Do in Bilbao and the Basque Country
Northern Spain's Bay of Biscay area, at the west... read more
Explore the Basque coast: From colorful fishing villages to tawny beaches, the Basque Coast always delights the eye. Eat... Read more
Basque cuisine, Spain's most prestigious regional gastronomy, derives from the refined French culinary sensibility combined with a... Read more
The concentration of celebrated chefs around San Sebastián is so dazzling that food is a natural rallying point here. There are famous... Read more
This cheat sheet will help you order tapas throughout Spain. Tapas Terms pincho, pintxo, tapa: snack-sized portion... Read more
In The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway describes the Pamplona encierro (bull running) in anything but romantic terms. Jake Barnes hears... Read more
The Ebro River basin has been an ideal climate for grapevines since pre-Roman times. Rioja wines were first recognized in official... Read more
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