Basque Country is an autonomous community located in northern part of Spain. It is comprised of three provinces: Biscay, Gipuzkoa, and Alava. The city of Bilbao is the largest in population out of all the cities in Basque Country and it is also the most recognized city. Travel to Basque Country has many to offer; it is a land of green hills (this is also home to the Pyrenees region), vibrant fishing villages, old quarters and a growing industrial city in Bilbao.
The Basque Coast is one of the areas flocked by tourists who travel to Basque Country. Whether you want to immerse in the life of the locals who live in colorful fishing villages to unspoilt beaches, the coast will never fail to satisfy with its natural beauty. Meanwhile, San Sebastian is famous for its tapas and beautiful beaches too. Parte Vieja, in particular, is flocked by tavern hoppers who visit San Sebastian.
If you like the finer arts like architecture and culture, then head to Bilbao. Travel to Basque Country wouldn’t be complete if you haven’t set foot in Bilbao. It is the home of world famous museums Guggenheim Museum and Museo de Bellas Artes. For those who have a taste for all things fine, like wine, Basque Country offers many wine regions to explore. One of the best places to go to for wines is La Rioja Wine Country. This is the premier destination for wine tasting and fine cuisine in Spain.
Major Tourist Attractions
When you travel to Basque Country, you can’t miss these attractions:
Museo Guggenheim: Located in Bilbao, this is easily one of the most prominent museums in all of Spain, not just this region. The reason for its popularity is its unique modern architectural style. The museum is made of shimmering titanium wherein architect Frank Gehry was inspired by ship shapes, flowing canopies, towers, cliffs and promontories in building its design. Clearly, the architectural style is for design not function, but it is one of the most iconic buildings in Spain.
Museo de Bellas Artes: Also located in Bilbao, this is another notable museum to explore within Plaza del Museo. This museum is notable for what’s inside: a massive collection of Gothic sculptures and 20th century pop art. The museum displays three major collections for art: classical, contemporary and Basque art.
Playa de la Concha: This beautiful beach and waterfront is located in San Sebastian, Spain. It is the epitome of a city beach in Spain, which is great for swimming or tanning. This explains why Playa de la Concha is a popular tourist spot.
Casco Viejo: This neighborhood in Bilbao is flocked by tourists for its unique charm. This is an old quarter made up of colorful buildings, charming streets, and a huge selection of quirky shops and bars. In fact, you can also find Las Siete Calles in this neighborhood, which has been around since 1400s.
Aquarium: This is a wonderful attraction for the entire family when you travel to Basque Country. You will be able to see marine life from behind the glass panes. It is like taking a tour of life underwater via a long tunnel. There is also a maritime museum within the aquarium.
Where I’ve Been to in Basque Country
- Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
- Independence Graffiti in Bilbao, Spain
- Modern Art Exhibit – Guggenheim Museum
- City Hall in San Sebastian, Spain
Travel to Basque Country Resources
- Bilbao: Architecture, Tradition, Life
- Bilbao: A Weekender’s Guide
- 36 Hours in Bilbao, Spain
- Things to Do in Bilbao
- 5 Things You Need to Know When Visiting Basque Country
- San Sebastian: A New Beat in Basque Country