Basque country: food culture and beautiful locations

A bit of history: The Basque Country or Basque Autonomous Community was granted the status of nationality within Spain, attributed by the Spanish Constitution of 1978. The autonomous community is based on the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country, a foundational legal document providing the framework for the development of the Basque people on Spanish soil, although the territory of Navarra was left out and made into a separate autonomous community.

Essential stops

Navarra: Pamplona

The Basque Country is known worldwide for its wines and its gastronomy. If you travel to this part of Spain it is essential that you stop by its bars and restaurants. Here you can find the famous Tapas that are part of the Spanish culture. There is immensity of restaurants and locations where you can taste these magnificent culinary works.

If you pass through Pamplona, take a walk around San Nicolás and Estafeta (famous street for being the route of the bulls during the San Fermines). A must stop is the Asador Katuzarra. Also, if you want to have a coffee with splendid views of the city, go up to the Meson Caballo Blanco. Going out to taste wines on the street is part of the culture of Navarra, its streets are always full of people and good energy (especially on a Saturday night).

 

Guipuzcoa: Zumaia and San Sebastián 

Obligatory stop: Zumaia, a town that will leave you breathless. On the way to San Sebastian, stop for lunch at the Idoia Ardotegia restaurant. Do not leave without tasting the famous and the Tapas they have at the bar. The best thing is that the kitchen does not close. To drop off the food, go to the beach of Zumaia, 5 minutes walk, one of the locations of the famous series of Game of Thrones.

Probably San Sebastián is the best known for its beauty and the Comb of the Wind created by the famous sculptor Chillida. A place where the whole family can enjoy and have a good time even if the weather is not on your side. Recommendation: bring change clothes for the children (or grown children), it is easy to get soaked.

Vizcaya: Bilbao, Mundaka, and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Another essential stop of the Basque geography: Bilbao. Stroll through The Seven Streets and go for Tapas in Plaza Nueva. Try the croquetas, the chuletones and do not forget to taste the spectacular pinchos de fua accompanied by a glass of Ramón Bilbao. Obviously, you can not miss the obligatory visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

Mundaka, widely known by surf lovers. In this town the famous left is born, a long wave that has made the Basque Country worldwide popular. If you want to see it with your own eyes, consult the forecasts before, since the ideal conditions are not always available to see it. A perfect spot to watch it is the Hotel El Puerto, with a terrace located to the best views, while you enjoy some jamón serrano and a glass of wine.

A stop that has become even more famous than San Sebastian is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. The explanation is simple, it is the scene of the meeting between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow in the Seventh Season of Game of Thrones. Who does not remember that conversation going down the steps of Dragonstone?

 

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