Bilbao and the Basque Country Sights

Northern Spain's Bay of Biscay area, at the western end of the Pyrenees along the border with France, is where the Cantabrian Cordillera and the Pyrenees nearly meet. The green foothills of Basque Country gently fill this space between the otherwise unbroken chain of mountains that rises from the Iberian Peninsula's easternmost point at northern Catalonia's Cap de Creus and ends at western Galicia's

Fisterra, or Finisterre (World's End). Navarra—part Basque and part Castilian-speaking Navarrese—lies just southeast and inland of the Basque Country, with the backdrop of the Pyrenees rising up to the north. La Rioja, below Navarra, nestles in the Ebro River valley under the Sierra de la Demanda to the south and stretches east and downriver to Calahorra and the edge of Spain's central meseta (plains).

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Santiago el Real

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Reconstructed in the 16th century, this church is noted for its equestrian statue of the saint (also known as Santiago Matamoros: St.

Santo Domingo de la Calzada

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This town has always been a key stop on the Camino. Santo Domingo was an 11th-century saint who built roads and bridges for pilgrims...

Santo Tomás

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The architectural highlight of Haro is the church of Santo Tomás, a single-naved Renaissance and late Gothic church completed in 1564,...

Santos Juanes

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Distinguished for accumulating the deepest water of any building in the Casco Viejo during the disastrous 1983 flood, as can be witnessed...

Teatro Arriaga

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About a century ago, this 1,500-seat theater was as exciting a source of Bilbao pride as the Guggenheim is today. Built between 1886...

Teatro Campos Elíseos

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If you've come from Barcelona, this extraordinary facade built in 1901 by architects Alfredo Acebal and Jean Baptiste Darroquy may seem...

Torre de Doña Otxanda

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This 15th-century tower houses Vitoria's Museo de Ciencias Naturales , which contains interesting botanical, zoological, and geological...

Torre de los Anda

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Across from the exquisitely sculpted Gothic doorway on the western facade of the cathedral, you'll find the Torre de los Anda. Go into...


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Zumaia is a snug little port and summer resort with the estuary of the Urola River flowing—back and forth, according to the tide—through...


Just across the Urumea River from San Sebastián's main La Concha beach lies this smaller, more tranquil beach. It offers the same views...