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The 8 Best Basque Country Hideaways for Nature Lovers

Daniel Hogan | July 24, 2018

From pristine national parks to fairytale forests to secluded beaches, the Basque Country is a nature lover’s paradise. In fact, the natural surroundings of the Basque Country are so diverse that travelers here could ski and surf in the same day. The culture has a deep connection to this ancient and rugged land, and with a population of just two and a half million, escaping from civilization is practically a national pastime. Here are the best rural houses, inns, and hotels for finding your own little slice of paradise in the Basque Country.


Mendi Goikoa

Why it made the list

The Urkiolako National Park towers over this cluster of traditional Basque rural houses in a beautiful part of the countryside halfway between Durango and Vitoria-Gasteiz. It is green as far as the eye can see here, with charming terraces and outdoor dining areas that overlook the landscape and the pictorial hamlet of Axpe in the valley below.

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Hotel Iturregi

Why it made the list

Surrounded by rolling vineyards and coastal forests, this gorgeous designer lodge is nestled up on the quiet hillsides above an unspoiled stretch of coast between Lekeitio and San Sebastián with wonderful views of the sea. Behind the hotel are winding trails for hiking and there is a cool swimming pool and floral garden overlooking the lodge. This is a hotel for those who don’t want to have to sacrifice luxury in exchange for proximity to the wild outdoors.

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Hotel & Spa Etxegana

Why it made the list

Hotel & Spa Etxegana is the ultimate natural escape, providing rest and relaxation amidst some of the most enchanting and well-preserved wilderness in all the Basque Country. The hotel is perched atop a mountain in the Gorbeia National Park and provides mesmerizing vistas everywhere you turn, from the rooms to the spa to the wonderful restaurant. Visitors can stroll through thee magical forest of Otzarreta, hike the remarkable granite mountains, or simply lie back and soak it all in from the comfort of the elegant mountain lodge.

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