Basque Country Things to Do

  • Guggenheim Museum & Puppy
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    Colourful glazing.
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    Part of the University buildings.
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Basque Country Things to Do

  • Guggenheim Museum & Puppy

    Bilbao Things to Do

    There are some very interesting sculptures outside the museum and in the atrium “Puppy” stands outside the museum. This giant dog designed by Jeff Kuntz has a wire frame, an interior watering system, and 25 tons of soil supporting the plants that cover it. It was intended to be a temporary exhibit at the museum’s opening, but people loved it and...

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  • Old Town + Cathedral - Casco Viejo & El...

    Bilbao Things to Do

    Listen, I've lived in Lanzarote for too long. I am used to the lazy pace of life on a sun drenched hot island. I fully embrace the word mañana and know how the relentless heat slows your pace. I wasn't really expecting that level of chill out in a city... especially one that's much cooler and more trendy.......but I have been happily surprised by...

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  • Near Bilbao...around Vizcaya / Bizkaia

    Bilbao Things to Do

    It´s located in Gatika, a rural village between Mungia and Urduliz. You can go to Urduliz by metro and then take a bus to Mungia. Ask the bus driver for more information. It´s a castle in the middle of a forest near a river. You can go inside for about 5-6€. Once or twice a year they orgaize medieval markets.

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  • Zubizuri (White bridge)

    Bilbao Things to Do

    The Nervion River runs through the city, and the bridges are worth a look. Several are new, and designed by famous architects. The Zubizuri Bridge by Santiago Calatrava is a really beautiful pedestrian bridge. The colorful La Salve Bridge is next to the Guggenheim, and fits in with the museum's modern architecture There is a drawbridge that is...

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  • Museums

    Bilbao Things to Do

    After the Guggenheim, personally I enjoyed the Fine Arts Museum the most. It is a huge space, with 33 rooms, a temporary exhibition space and shop, so make plenty of time. It is free on Wednesdays, or 6 euro entrance fee. I picked up an audio guide for 1 euro and walked around alone. There are guided tours every Sunday at 12. Open Tuesday to...

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  • Admire the Biscayan Coast

    The Biscayan stretch of coastline is arguably the most spectacular in the entire Basque Country. This is an area of dramatic beauty, where the force of elements can be experienced at its most: the fierce waves of the Atlantic crash violently against the sheer cliffs and islets that line the coast, where only some estuaries of great scenic beauty...

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  • Yield to your Whims in the Province of...

    Gipuzcoa is the smallest province in Spain (about the size of the Island of Mauritius), and the only province in the Basque Autonomous Community to have a border with France (a few kilometres in the last stretch of the Bidasoa River).Nestled between the Pyrenees and the last ranges of the Cantabrian Mountains, Guipuzcoa enjoys an Atlantic weather...

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  • Visit the Capital of the Basque Country

    Vitoria-Gasteiz is the administrative capital of the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country and of one of the Province of Alava (Araba). Traditionally viewed as a grey city of army men and priests, Vitoria has reinvented itself in the last decades to offer a vibrant cultural scene and innovative solutions for its social issues.Located in an...

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  • Tour the Province of Alava

    Alava, even if small by Spanish standards, is the largest of the three Basque Provinces, similar in size to the State of Rhode Island. It is, however, the least populated of them, with less than half the population of Gipuzkoa. In addition, most of the population lives in the capital, Vitoria, which also happens to be the administrative capital of...

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  • Succumb to Hedonism in San Sebastian

    San Sebastián, or Donostia in the local language, (pop. ca. 200 000) is an irresistible city: the beauty of the shoreline is beyond description; the atmosphere that it oozes is sophisticated and aristocratic; and last but not least, Donostiarras have cultivated the art of gastronomy with so much fervour and devotion that they have turned their city...

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  • Go Back in Time in Elorrio

    The Very Noble and Very Loyal Town of Elorrio is truly a hidden gem. Although not very well known beyond the boundaries of Biscay, it is the most monumental urban ensemble in the Duranguesado region (Durangoaldea in Basque). This region, with its capital in Durango, was a formerly independent lordship, only annexed to Biscay in the 13th century, as...

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  • Witness the Rebirth of a city in Bilbao

    Bilbao, with a population of more than 350,000, is the largest city in the Basque Country and the eleventh in Spain. It is also the centre of one of the main industrial poles in the country, which covers a large area on both sides of the Nervion estuary and comprises a population of almost one million, making of it the fifth largest metropolitan...

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  • Explore the Province of Biscay

    Biscay was born in the Middle Ages as a sovereign Lordship within the Crown of Castile, after noblemen and landowners sought to consolidate their holdings under Castilian feudal Law in detriment of the ambitions of the Kings of Navarre. It was the House of Haro (a town in Northern Rioja) who was granted the rule of the Lordship in return for the...

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  • Visit a Local Cider Restaurant

    Well known as a pro-independence stronghold, Hernani is one of the largest towns in the surroundings of San Sebastian. It has preserved an interesting old town, with several monumental buildings and picturesque alleys. This picture shows the town's main square (Gudarien Enparantza), with the Town Hall and the Baroque Church of Saint John the...

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  • Taste the Tolosa Black Beans

    Tolosa was founded on the banks of the Oria River in the 13th century by Alfonso X the Wise, King of Castile, who named it after the French city of Toulouse. It made part of a series of defensive posts on the border to the Kingdom of Navarre (Segura, Ordizia and Tolosa). The settlement was encouraged with a territorial charter which granted...

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  • walk to San Jon steps - Gaztelugatxe

    Stunning cliffs a walk of 400 steps to the Church of St Jon, hermitage the protectorate of fishermen. Summer solstice people make the pigrimage to this church.

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  • Valle De Trapaga

    The Trapaga valley runs off the main valley of the River Nervion, emerging behind Barakaldo.The valley has long been a centre of mineral exploitation, but such activity has now ceased.Get the train from Bilbao on the Muzkiz line (about 2 trains an hour - a 20 minute journey) to Trapagaran, then a 15 minute walk brings you to the Furnicular Railway...

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  • The Costa Vasca

    The Basque coastline is beautiful, with cliffs, beaches, and excellent fish restaurants. Visit it!While a car is most convenient, many places can be visited by bus from Bilbao or San Sebastian.

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  • SAN SEBASTIAN - Spain

    No visit to the city is complete without a visit to the old quarter (Parte Vieja) where most of the traditional local life takes place. Its narrow streets are packed with bars and restaurants. The Plaza de la Constitucion is where you will find the library, once the Town Hall. The square was once used as a bullring. The Basilica of Santa Maria del...

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  • BIARRITZ - France

    Situated in the very southwest of France, Biarritz became famous in the 19th century when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) fell in love with this part of the Basque country and built a Palace on the beach (which is now the world class Hotel du Palais) and a centre with natural springs at Eugenie les Bains. The resort became popular with...

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  • SAN SEBASTIAN - Spain

    Donostia-San Sebastian was once a small fishing village and the inhabitants lived facing the sea. They were known to have hunted whales and fished for cod. At one point it was a thriving port, importing wines and oil for France and England. Over the centuries the city has undergone many seiges and in 1808 it was occupied by Napoleon´s soldiers who...

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  • SAN SEBASTIAN - Spain

    Just 21km west of the French border, within the Basque Country, lies Donostia-San Sebastian, the summer capital of Spain. It lies against the Bay of Biscay, surrounded by green mountains. During the summer months the population here swells as the Spanish head here to escape the inland heat. It has about 180,000 inhabitants.

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  • BAYONNE - France

    Bayonne is a very interesting town with its monuments influenced by military, civil or religious architecture and it subterranean Medieval town which is one of the very few still remaining in France (there are more than a hundred and thirty chambers). The harmonious urban environment has been exceptionally well preserved.

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  • BAYONNE - France

    Bayonne is uniquely situated between mountains and sea where rivers ebb and flow following the rhythm of the tides. It can boast triple fame as a religious, military and metropolitan town which has acquired a rich heritage over the centuries. Even the setting of Bayonne is a natural work of art : the stretches of water which make up the Adour and...

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  • SAINT-JEAN-PIED-DE-PORT (France)

    Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Was an important town, cross-roads of the route to Saint Jacques de Compostelle, at the foot of the mountain pass, the Col de Ronceveaux.For these reasons Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port has a rich history and architecture well worth visiting.The ancient town houses by the river Nive, the narrow streets, the church and the roman...

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  • The comb of the wind

    You must to visit this, placed in the end in the Donostia beach. It seems like the wind, the water, and the earth play together. The sculptures of Chillida, wonderful.

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