The intriguing north of ever-popular holidaying destination Spain offers a cultural adventure for holidaymakers looking to experience the famous Basque country for themselves.
Celebrating a sensational fully escorted tour of the region available flying from Edinburgh this summer, here are 5 of northern Spain’s greatest cultural and scenic treasures that can be experienced whilst visiting this renowned region.
1. San Sebastian
One of Spain’s most famous cities, San Sebastian, resting on the shores of the Bay of Biscay, is a spectacularly scenic city.
Bearing some resemblance to the great Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, San Sebastian is a city that sits amongst hilly terrain typical of Spain’s mountainous Basque Country.
The city’s La Concha Beach (pictured) is one of Spain’s greatest urban beaches.
Extremely popular, the beach stretches along the majority of San Sebastian’s coastline and is ideal for catching some sun or taking a leisurely stroll.
Lining the beach front, tourists will find a number of useful facilities, including great cafes and restaurants, perfect for grabbing a bite to eat.
If looking to get up close to marine life without getting your feet wet, we thoroughly recommend visiting Spain’s first natural science museum – San Sebastian Aquarium.
You can find the aquarium, one of the Basque Country’s most popular attractions, on La Concha’s northern tip.
2. Guggenheim Museum
A standout attraction in Spain, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is an architectural triumph where you can admire a varied collection of contemporary and modern art.
The building was famously designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.
On the outside, the museum shines brightly in the Basque sunshine.
Clad in glass and titanium, random curves flow out of the building catching sunlight during the day.
At night, light from neighbouring buildings and light fixtures causes the Guggenheim Museum to almost glow in the dark.
The artistic heart of this cultural city, visiting the museum is a wonderful experience where you can admire some fantastic works of art.
Handily, entrance to the museum is included during our featured holiday!
3. Artistic Bilbao
Once a hugely important industrial city, Bilbao has evolved into one of Spain’s greatest cultural cities.
Beyond the standout Guggenheim, Bilbao’s famous Old Town – Casco Viejo – is a must-visit.
One of the oldest parts of the city, the buildings here are packed tightly together and rise high up into the skyline.
Throughout, tourists can enjoy a fascinating selection of shops, restaurants and a lively outdoor market showcasing some of the finest local Basque produce available in the region.
4. La Rioja
Heading to the picturesque countryside of northern Spain, the famous wine region of La Rioja is home to vineyards that seem to stretch off endlessly into the distance.
Respected around the world, the wine produced here is one of the country’s greatest exports.
Touring the region, the featured holiday includes stops in both Haro and the town of Santa Domingo de la Calzada.
Whilst visiting Haro, a visit to a local Bodega gives holidaymakers the chance to try some local wine.
Resting close to the banks of Oja River, Santo Domingo de la Calzada is one of the region’s oldest towns and is named after its founder.
A key stop on the famed ‘Camino de Santiago pilgrims’ trail’, this town’s well-preserved medieval features are designated a National Historic Interest Site, such is their importance.
5. The French Pyrenees
An optional excursion to Biarritz presents the chance to experience the French side of the Pyrenees.
Crossing the border into France, the scenic journey to the lovely seaside resort passes by the foothills of the famous mountain range.
On arrival, it’s not hard to see the town’s appeal.
Once a favourite destination of royalty from around the world, Biarritz boasts great beaches with its coastline consistently popular with the global surfing community.
A great place to unwind and relax, this beautiful resort town is home to over 3 miles of easily reached beaches.
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