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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Church of San Miguel

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Across the River Ega from San Pedro, the doorway to this church has fantastic relief sculptures of St. Michael the Archangel battling...

Monasterio de Irache

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Dating from the 10th century, this monastery was later converted by Cistercian monks to a pilgrims' hospital; next door, and now operated...

Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra

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The heart of Estella is the arcaded Plaza San Martín and its chief civic monument, the 12th-century Palacio de los Reyes de Navarra.

San Pedro de la Rúa

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This church has a beautiful cloister and a stunning carved portal. ...