The Basque Country is a corner that is rarely visited by Russian tourists, and for good reason. This is an amazing region with its distinctive history, language and traditions. Even nature is different here, north. It is necessary to come to Baska in the summer to escape from the heat, and in winter - to ski in the mountains. Unknown Spain in the Bay of Biscay awaits you all year round.
How to get to the Spanish north from Moscow
In Bilbao, as in Victoria and San Sebastian, there are airports where you can fly from Russia, finding a direct or connecting flight. Upon arrival, you can transfer to public transport and drive to the selected hotel. To feel as free as possible during the holidays, it is best to rent a car for the duration of the trip. If you flew to another city - Madrid or Barcelona, also do not deny yourself the pleasure of traveling to explore north. On good roads, time will pass unnoticed, and get to inspect a lot of new things along the way.
The way from the capital is not long, only 4 hours or 400 km, if you go to Bilbao - the largest city in the region. Although the capital is considered to be Victoria-Gasteys, tourists prefer San Sebastian more often with its beaches, fashionable Michelin-star restaurants, and hotels. Getting there by car rented at the Madrid airport will be easy and comfortable.
Rental service provides a large selection of luxury cars and VIP - both classic and sport or off-road, all not older than 10 years and on automation. A convenient navigator will not let you get lost and will tell you in Russian where to turn and park in order not to pay a fine. Families with children, companies and couples on the honeymoon will appreciate the convenience and freedom that rental vehicles provide abroad. The prices of the company owner is much lower than in brokerage offices, and the service is better.
What to see in the Basque Country
In total, in this small "republic" in the Spanish kingdom there are three provinces - Vizcaya, Alava and Gipuzkoa, part of the territory belongs to France, to which it borders. Several places of interest are considered to be frequently visited in Basque. In Bilbao is the most famous museum of contemporary art named after the Guggenheim, this is already a local business card, which is easily recognizable by the bizarre structure and the giant metal spider, built in 1997. There are also several diverse areas here - the old and the modern intertwined and made Bilbo the fashionable center of the whole province. You can meet the old traditional and modern architecture, business centers, parks and embankments. Squares, Basque museums, Ribera’s market, cathedrals and churches are only part of what you should see.
In San Sebastian you can relax on the seashore, sunbathe in the sun in the summer, visit restaurants with local delicious cuisine. They cook seafood, snacks pinchos, serve wine and much more. In the old city streets are crammed with bars, which here are the most densely in the world.
Elite and tourists adore San Sebastian for its cosmopolitan, resort atmosphere and many faces. Visit the main beach - La Concha, Ondarreta and Zurriola. Viewing platforms on Mount Igeldo open onto picturesque seascapes.
If you want the Middle Ages, go to Victoria. Quiet streets, old buildings, cafes, cathedrals and modern quarters here create a special atmosphere. The museum complex of Bibat, the palace of Escorias Esquivel and the fortress of the Middle Ages give the city-capital the charm of the past and its charm.
Neighborhoods and suburbs should also be seen. For example, the salt valley near Victoria-Gastejs, which produces salt for 6 thousand years, or the village of Laugardia. A valley with vineyards on the shores of the bay and a winery will interest wine tasters. And here it is interesting to drive a car through the tunnels, passing right under the residential neighborhoods. Try to get to the island of San Juan de Gastelugache. This is a picturesque natural area, located 35 km from Bilbo. Beautiful views of the Bay of Biscay, cliffs covered with vegetation, and blue waters will provide complete privacy with nature. There is a bridge to the island, but then you have to go up the stairs.
Tourists also visit the village of Mundaka, where monuments of the Renaissance and Gothic epochs have been preserved, one of these is considered to be the Cathedral of Santa Catalina of 1879, near the port with boats and yachts, moorings. In winter, Europeans come here to surf - this is one of the most popular places for European surfers. High waves help athletes and lovers ride on the board.
Nature and climate
The region is also called Euskadi, it differs from the southern part not only in the fact that there is no sweltering heat, but also in vegetation. This is the greenest zone in Spain. Rocks overgrown with grass and shrubs, crashing into the sea, at the cut they are white because of the rocks, look very nice. On the territory are located Basque and Cantabrian mountains, high on the mainland, to the sea line they decline and form hills that overlook the picturesque bays.
The climate is temperate, it is characterized by the features of the sea, that is, it is wet and not cold in winter. In January there is no lower than +8 degrees, and in the summer mostly 20-25. This is the perfect weather for walking and sightseeing.
More than 30 biosphere reserves and parks are open for tourists. Adherents of hiking and trekking will enjoy the mountain air, saturated with pine needles and meadows, they will be able to walk kilometers, observing the most beautiful landscapes.
If you are still thinking whether to go to Euskadi, decide. It is interesting, informative and fun. Only in this part are the famous tomato fight festival, fairs, carnivals, film festivals and many other holidays that are fun and attractive for us.