Bilbao and the Basque Country Travel Guide


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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), damp verdant landscape, and rugged coastline, is a distinct national and cultural entity within the Spanish state.


Bilbao and the Basque Country Hotels

Ever since the Guggenheim reinvented Bilbao as a design darling, the city's hotel fleet has expanded and reflected (in the case of the Gran Hotel more


Bilbao and the Basque Country Restaurants

Though top restaurants are expensive in Bilbao, some of what is undoubtedly Europe's finest cuisine is served here in settings that range from the more


Bilbao and the Basque Country Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Explore the Basque coast: From colorful fishing villages to tawny beaches, the Basque Coast always delights the eye.... Read more

  • Eat, Drink, and Hike Off the Calories

    The concentration of celebrated chefs around San Sebastián is so dazzling that food is a natural rallying point here. There are famous names... Read more

  • Abandoibarra: Bilbao's New Heart

    The Abandoibarra project covers nearly a full square mile along the Nervión estuary. Formerly occupied by docks, warehouses, and shipyards, two-thirds... Read more

  • Running with the Bulls

    In The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway describes the Pamplona encierro (bull running) in anything but romantic terms. Jake Barnes hears the rocket... Read more

  • Spain's Wine Country

    The Ebro River basin has been an ideal climate for grapevines since pre-Roman times. Rioja wines were first recognized in official documents... Read more

  • Embattled Gernika

    On Monday, April 26, 1937—market day—the town of Gernika, 33 km (20 miles) east of Bilbao, suffered history's second terror bombing against a... Read more


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