Heading to the Pais Vasco?
The “Pais Vasco” (Basque Country), Euskadi in basque, is an autonomous community of Spain.
This part of the country is in the North of Spain, bordering with France.
It is divided in 3 regions: Alava, in basque Araba, where the main city is Vitoria-Gasteiz; Vizcaya, or Bizkaia in basque, with its capital city Bilbao; and Guipuzcoa, Gipuzcoa in basque, with its capital San Sebastian.
Pais Vasco is famous because of the long fight for the indipendence from Spain lasting until nowadays, but this region is also full of awesome places to visit.
So let’s see together some of its beauties!
Bilbao is one of the stops on the road to Santiago.
It is a city full of history with great museums and buildings and it is also where you can find the Guggenheim Museum: its impressive structure is a sufficient reason to visit this place!
Mundaka, where there is the famous Reserva de la Biosfera de Urdaibai (declared UNESCO reserve in 1984), which is also the stage of The Basque Music & Cook Festival: it takes place in the last days of July and it is a great chance to enjoy music and food, not only from the Pais Vasco!
Gaztelugatxe is a little island in the region of Bizkaia and is connected to the dry land by a bridge of the XIV century. The characteristic of this island is a hermitage known as “San Juan de Gaztelugatxe“, where in the past there was a castle and now you can see a chapel.
To reach the chapel you have to go up the long stairs, but even if it is tiring, it is definitely worth: the view is amazing!!
Vitoria-Gasteiz is the country seat of the Pais Vasco.
Here you can visit the Almendra Medieval (medieval almond), one of the most beautiful old towns of Spain, and the Catedral Vieja de Santa Maria.
For the ones who love art, you must go to the “ARTIUM“ the Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art.
There is so much more to discover in Euskadi…it is surely the perfect place to go, for all kinds of travelers!
And maybe this is the right time to plan next holidays!
Have a look at some beautiful pictures on our Pinterest board.
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