Basque Country Travel Guide

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Basque Country Highlights

  • Pro
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    into-thin-air says…

     Beautiful and varied scenery on the route, Well way-marked with interesting places to stay 

  • Con
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    Wafro says…

     Expensive 

  • In a nutshell
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    Peret says…

     The will of to be 

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Bilbao

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804,2040,63

San Sebastián

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305,803,116

Vitoria

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82,194,25

Guernica y Luno

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20,49,0

Fuenterrabía

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17,69,0

Bermeo

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19,60,0

Pasajes de San Juan

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14,34,0

Portugalete

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15,68,1

Plencia

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4,37,0

Guetaria

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17,52,0

Sopelana

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3,7,1

Irùn

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7,16,10

Mundaca

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4,3,2

Elanchove

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0,3,0

Oñate

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0,4,0

Lequeitio

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0,6,0

Algorta

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0,0,1

Ondárroa

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0,3,0

Loyola

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0,2,0

Leza

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1,3,0

Laguardia

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4,19,7

Éibar

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1,7,0

Durango

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5,26,1

Cestona

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4,7,0

Cenarruza

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0,3,0

Azcoitia

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2,8,0

Bilbao

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  • 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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  • Sheraton Bilbao Hotel

    Bilbao Hotels

    This hotel is one of my favourite parts of this vacation. The rooms were amazing, like most...

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  • Airport

    Bilbao Transportation

    The green airport bus departs from outside the airport arrivals area going into Bilbao every 30 minutes. It has four stops. Many hotels are located near the stops. It is a small enough city to walk, if you do your homework before you leave, you could save money and time waiting for other forms of transport. It stops: Alameda Rekalde (closest to...

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San Sebastián

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Vitoria

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  • The medieval quarter IV.

    Vitoria Things to Do

    Just across the road from the Palacio de Escoriaza-Esquibel is a small park with this extraordinary piece of street-art on the entire wall. There is also this gigantic statue in wood, but nothing to tell me who it is by or what it represents. Further down the same street at no 2 is the Centre Culturel Montehermoso, a beautiful 16th c building that...

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  • Silken Hotel Ciudad de Vitoria

    Vitoria Hotels

    My partner and I stayed here for 2 nights on 2nd March 2007. The location is excellent being close...

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  • The medieval quarter III.

    Vitoria Things to Do

    Moving around the circuit back towards the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca, on the right hand side of calle Frai Zacarias Martinez you'll find yourself on a square that has a good piece of the old Gasteiz city walls including a square tower constructed in the 11th c. Here is to be found also one of the most important pieces of Basque Renaissance, the...

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Guernica y Luno

  • The Peace museum, Guernica.

    Guernica y Luno Things to Do

    Located on Los Fueros square, just next to the town hall and on the other side of the street from the Tourist Office is the small Peace Museum. Originally the Guernica history museum, it changed its name in 1998 and over a period of 5 years has been completely revamped and gives a good insight into the harrowing period of the Civil War in Spain....

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  • More in Guernica.

    Guernica y Luno Things to Do

    The church of Santa Maria (not to be mixed up with the Santa Maria de la Antigua church ) is the parish church of Guernica. Work began in 1418 and wasn't finished until 1715. It was the peals of this church's bells that gave the first warnings of the impending approach of the bombers in 1937. In a corner of the Ferial gardens just by Iparraguirre's...

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  • Elsewhere in town.

    Guernica y Luno Things to Do

    Armed with the map from the tourist office (closed between 13h00 and 16h00) you should have no problem finding your way around the circuit of the major sites. Everything is pretty much within 500 metres of the centre. The schools shown here, actually in a u-shape around a wide patio, and along with the church of Santa Maria are the only buildings...

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Fuenterrabía

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  • Living in Fuenterribia'

    Fuenterrabía Things to Do

    I lived here as a child/across and down~ from the old city-across from Parque' de cisnos in Villa Usoa and back of church went to kitchen -had hot chocolate-nutella like porridge dipping pan? bread and loved my 3 years-beach path behind home-farm there, too and saw bullfight also walked the pyrennes mtn so many memories and want to go back-the...

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  • Gipuzkoa Plaza.

    Fuenterrabía Things to Do

    Although of relatively recent construction, the Plaza and the calle Santiago de Compostela leading up to it, the architects that designed the place have managed to recreate the intimate and traditionnal look of the old medieval town. Lovely stonework and cobbled roads adorn the Plaza with a passage through a monumental arch supporting apartments...

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  • Barrio de la Marina.

    Fuenterrabía Things to Do

    The old fishing village, now renovated, seemed to have more tourists than the medieval part of town, until I realised it was around midday and this is where the majority of reataurants and cafés are. Lovely painted houses, most catering now to the tourist trade in one way or another, with geraniums and other flowers filling pots along the...

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Bermeo

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  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

    Bermeo Things to Do

    Set in a superb location on the coast the island of Gaztelugatxe is now tied to the mainland by a causeway. The hermitage of San Juan is at the top of the monticule. There are apparently over 200 steps down and then up to get to the chapel, which for the most part is closed, although there is a covered area on the right for meditation and a good...

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  • San Pelaio hermitage. near Bakio.

    Bermeo Things to Do

    On the coast road that leads from Bermeo to Bakio, is this small Romanesque chapel. Dating from the 12th c. it has been renovated but is basically the same as 1000 years ago and is thus one of the oldest Christian buildings in the whole Biscay area. It has a portico that runs completely round the building under the pitched roof. The chapel was...

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  • Fiestas

    Bermeo Nightlife

    We didn't really go out in Mundaka or Bermeo, but we did experience a Fiesta. And if you are in Spain, a fiesta in any village is a must see.It was great, had bands, good food, good drinks, the lot basicly. It was the Dia del Pescador. So all the local people are dressed up in old fishing outfits,a and the just go mental for a long weekend. If you...

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Pasajes de San Juan

Portugalete

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  • €1 pintxos close to Puente Colgante

    Portugalete Restaurants

    We ate pintxos (Basque tapas) and drank Txakoli wine at Izar Gorria during a visit to Portugalete one evening in December 2012. We had just enjoyed a selection of mini baguettes at Bar Zokotxo in Getxo on the opposite side of the river, before crossing over the river to Portugalete on the Puente Colgante gondola. We were still new to the pintxos...

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  • Gran Hotel Puente Colgante

    Portugalete Hotels

    This mid-price hotel is well situated on the river bank next to the hanging bridge in Portugalete....

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  • Muelle Chávarri

    Portugalete Things to Do

    I came to Portugalete on a crisp, cold December afternoon, the type of day when you don't really want to spend hours and hours sitting out of doors. Still, the muelle (quay) was very pretty, and it seemed like it had been revitalized to be more like a boardwalk from the turn of the century than a quay of an industrial town. There were plenty of...

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Plencia

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  • Metro from Bilbao to Plentzia

    Plencia Transportation

    During our visit to Bilbao in December 2012, we were keen to pay a visit to a nearby beach.I did some reading up online before our visit and established that there are several beaches within a short distance of the city that can easily be reached by Metro.The nearest beaches to the city, located in the Getxo area, are Playa de Ereaga (Metro:...

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  • Paseo

    Plencia Favorites

    The Iberians paseo - take a gentle walk with family to show off best clothes, children, etc.. This paseo may well take in bars. There is normally a focus for the paseo, typically the central plaza.Here in Plentzia it appear to be the Plaza del Astillero (shipyard place), replete with bandstand.

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  • Go to the beach!

    Plencia Things to Do

    Plentzia, to give it the Basque spelling, is located at the end of the Bilbao Metro (approx. 45 minutes from town) and is a pleasant seaside resort with very pleasant beaches. From the metro, cross the bridge and follow the river round to the harbour and beach.

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Guetaria

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Sopelana

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Irùn

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  • Hondarribia

    Irùn Things to Do

    Hondarribia is in Spain on the other side of the river is Hendaye France. Hondarrbia is Basque for Sand Ford. In Spanish Fuenterrabia In French Fontarrabie No wonder with all those names not many knew where it was when I asked.

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  • IBIS IRUN (Avda De Letxumborro 77 )

    Irùn Hotels

    Avda De Letxumborro 77

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Final leg of trip.

    Irùn Transportation

    Irun / Hendaye is the end of my wonderful trip from Ferrol to Hendaye along the FEVE/EUSKOTREN narrow guage track trains. I started at FERROL ,stayed at RIBADEO, LUARCA, GIJON, RIBADESELLA, SANTANDER, BILBAO, IRUN, There are many nice places to stay along this coast, I suppose the trip could been done Hendaye to Ferrol ,Find out by website...

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Mundaca

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  • Surf Mundaka

    Mundaca Sports & Outdoors

    Mundaka is a small, sleepy fishing village that hides a secret - it is known as one of the top ten best surf spots in the world. The best time of year to visit for the weather and the atmosphere is the summer, but the famous Mundaka waves are at their best from September - April. Whatever the time of year, they are only for the experienced...

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  • Apartamentos Mundaka

    Mundaca Hotels

    Lorategi Kalea 1-A, Mundaca, 48360, es

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Urdabai

    Mundaca Off The Beaten Path

    The suroundings of Mundaka are really beautifull, there is a lot of wildlife to be seen. You can hike one of the many trails and see birds and small animals (just get up early).You can hike from Gernika to Bermeo, which is a nice long hike.

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