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The 8 Most Romantic Hotels in the Basque Country

Daniel Hogan | July 24, 2018

With stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, a vibrant art & gastronomical scene, and one of the best wine-growing regions on earth, it’s hard to think of a more ideal destination for a romantic getaway than the Basque Country. Below are eight of the most amorous hotels to make your hearts flutter.

#8

Villa Soro

Why it made the list

This grandiose Victorian manor is a landmark of San Sebastián and exudes graceful opulence through and through. Pedal to the picturesque La Concha bay with the hotel’s complimentary bike rentals that come complete with pre-packed beach bags. Then unwind with a cocktail in the seductive salon. And for dinner, set a reservation for two just down the street at the three-Michelin-starred Arzak, considered one of the best restaurants in the entire world.

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#7

Hospederia de los Parajes

Why it made the list

Laguardia might be the most romantic town in the Basque Country. The immaculately preserved medieval village towers over the spellbinding Rioja Alavesa wine region, and Hospederia de Los Parajes is situated right on the classical main square. The sixteenth-century palace has been transformed into a sophisticated boutique where old-world design fuses with modern comfort. Couples will find an amazing fine-dining restaurant, private two-person Jacuzzis in their rooms, and a striking series of winding underground caverns turned cellars to uncork an outstanding local bottle of gran reserva within.

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#6

Hotel Iturregi

Why it made the list

Couples are greeted by sophisticated designer accommodations and breathtaking views at this traditional Basque rural house turned contemporary boutique. The hotel is tucked away in the hills just above the wonderful seaside village of Getaria and encircled by vineyards and lush greenery. You can laze away the day at the handsome pool, concealed behind the floral gardens and centuries old stone foundations, before heading into the tranquil fishing town for a locally caught seafood dinner.

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#5

Hotel Viura

Why it made the list

Starry-eyed romance and fine red wine have always been intertwined. This colorful designer hotel, with its arresting avante-garde design and cubist architecture, is in the heart of Rioja Alevesa, the Basque wine country, and is dedicated to the sensual beauty of all things wine. Hop on the complimentary mountain bikes to tour and taste the surrounding bodegas and vineyards in the most scenic way possible. Afterwards relax with a couple’s massages and a full range of wine-oriented therapeutic treatments before watching the sunset from the rooftop terrace.

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#4

Echaurren Hotel Gastronómico

Why it made the list

Hidden away in the quaint mountain town of Ezcaray is an oasis of epicurean delights. The same family has run this gorgeous lodge for generations, but not just any family: The Paniego family. As in world-renowned chef Francis Paniego, whose simply extraordinary two-Michelin-starred restaurant is housed downstairs. Also in the hotel is a sensual second restaurant, run by Francis’s mother, which focuses on more traditional Basque cuisine. Make sure not to miss the homemade croquettes, cooked using her family’s secret recipe: they are the best we’ve ever had. No need to rush out of the room the next morning, the staff will bring up a sensational breakfast in bed to you instead.

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#3

Castillo de Arteaga

Why it made the list

Welcome to your own personal fairytale. Just a quick drive from Bilbao into the pristine UNESCO biosphere reserve of Urdaibai is a picture-perfect neo-Gothic castle restored by Napoleon III from its original foundations. Rooms are drenched in aristocratic luxury, and the suites here are some of the most romantic around: they take up multiple floors in each of the castle’s four corner towers. Your own private spiral staircase leads you to private terraces located on top of the corner towers, surrounded by the classic stone parapets. Best of all, the rooftops are equipped with outdoor Jacuzzis. The restaurant in the main tower keep is excellent and comes with its own private collection of fine wines from around the region.

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#2

Hotel & Spa Etxegana

Why it made the list

Couples who want to get away from it all need look no further: this exemplary retreat is perched atop a mountain in the unspoiled Gorbeia Nature Reserve, home to majestic granite peaks, and the Hayedo de Otzarreta, a magical forest ripped straight from the pages of a Brothers Grimm story. The inn has a full service spa with couple’s massages, private jacuzzis with room for two, and a splendid restaurant with panoramic views of the bucolic surroundings.

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#1

Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Why it made the list

Nowhere stands a chance against this five-star ultra-luxury sanctuary when it comes to unforgettable romantic getaways. The only hotel ever designed by Frank Gehry is a singular achievement in architecture; the chance to live in your own private Guggenheim as it rises out from the old earth of the wine country and dazzles the countryside with its otherworldly magnificence. With the legendary Marqués de Riscal vineyards and the enchanting medieval town of Elciego as its backdrop, the views here never get old. Couples are catered to every possible want and need here, from world-class spa facilities to a Michelin-starred restaurant & bar to wine tastings to some of the most rousingly decorated and comfortable rooms around.

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