Discover the culture, cuisine, and coastlines of Basque Country
Basque Country on the northern coast of Spain is home to sister cities Bilbao and San Sebastián, two of the country’s most popular destinations.
Each city offers an inviting blend of historical charm, sunny beaches, and delightful culture and cuisine. Whether you visit one or both historic destinations, you’re sure to fall in love with the region’s culture and stunning geography.
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Bilbao: A Wonderland of Art and Architecture
Begin your adventure in Bilbao, a vibrant city defined by its commitment to modern art and architecture. The Guggenheim Museum, a striking building designed by architect Frank Gehry, makes Bilbao a global hot spot for art lovers. Marvel at the shimmering brilliance and gently curving lines of the museum’s titanium exterior before exploring the vast collection, including works from such artists as Jeff Koons and Richard Serra.
Next, immerse yourself in the charm of Bilbao’s Old Town, the Casco Viejo. Wander through its labyrinthine cobblestone streets lined with historic buildings, stylish boutiques, and cozy cafes. Be sure to savor the delicious pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, as you explore the bustling Mercado de la Ribera, a lively local market.
Bilbao also boasts beautiful beaches just minutes from downtown. Discover the picturesque coastline and unwind on the golden sands of Playa de Plentzia or Playa de Sopelana. These stunning beaches offer a refreshing escape from the bustling urban landscape, with vibrant blue waters and excellent surfing opportunities. For a more tranquil experience, venture to Playa de Azkorri, a secluded beach surrounded by lush greenery.
San Sebastián: Culinary Wonders and Pristine Beaches
Continue your Basque Country journey in San Sebastián, a coastal paradise known for its remarkable culinary scene. San Sebastián has one of the world’s greatest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meter. Your tastebuds will thank you as you sample innovative Basque cuisine from world-renowned eateries like the exclusive Arzak and the much-lauded Mugaritz.
San Sebastián’s vibrant cultural scene ensures you’ll never be short of things to do. Explore the historic Parte Vieja (Old Town). Home to the majestic Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus and the iconic San Telmo Museum, which showcases the region’s fascinating history and art.
Along with its abundance of culinary and cultural choices, San Sebastián’s picturesque beaches are a major draw for visitors. After seeing the city sights, spend some time lounging on the golden sands of La Concha, a crescent-shaped beach that consistently ranks among Europe’s finest. The stunning coastline, with its deep blue waters and lush green hills, creates a breathtaking backdrop for relaxation and adventure.
For a more active pursuit, hike up Mount Urgull for panoramic views of the city and its bay. As you reach the summit, you’ll find the ancient Castillo de la Mota, which bears witness to San Sebastián’s rich history. Or, if relaxation and serenity are on your mind, explore the brilliant gardens and panoramic views at Miramar Palace, overlooking the picturesque Bay of La Concha.
Charter a Jet to Basque Country
Four major airports serve this region of Basque Country, including Bilbao Airport (LEBB) and San Sebastián Airport (LESO). There are also many smaller private and executive airfields in both cities, offering a range of options for every traveler.
May is a wonderful time to visit the Basque region. The weather is mild, the crowds are smaller, and cultural events such as the International Documentary and Short Film Festival (ZINEBI) draw talented artists and filmmakers from around the world.
Talk to your GAC broker to explore options and flight availability into Basque Country this spring.