1.) A La Rioja tour of the wine country is an absolute necessity when visiting the Basque Country. This is one of the most significant wine producing regions in Spain and Europe in general. La Rioja is divided between the Basque Country and the La Rioja province of Spain. Normally, on our La Rioja wine tours we take our clients to the Rioja Alavesa, which is part of the Basque Country. Such wineries as Marques de Riscal, Eguren Ugarte, and Muga are some of more traditional bodegas we visit for our first stop. After a visit to one of these larger wineries we head to medieval city of LaGuardia, which dates back to the 10th century as fortified village protecting the southern flank of the Kingdom of Navarra. There are only a few wineries lying underneath the city in the caves. Visiting a winery in the ancient tunnels and caves in LaGuardia is always a client favorite, and unique to the world!
2.) Secondly, Irene and I would recommend a tour of the Basque coast. The coast of the Basque Country is absolutely stunningly beautiful. We have multiple tours of the Basque Country coast giving our clients various options depending on their interests. The Flysch formation in Gipuzkoa is always a favorite site as these cliffs date back some 60 million years! After a few stops sightseeing on the coast we recommend a stop in the port of Getaria. Getaria is quaint fishing village about 20 minutes from San Sebastian by car that serves up some of the best fish in the entire region. Restaurants such as Elkano and Kaia Kaipe are excellent and any one who visits will not be disappointed!
3.) Lastly, we would advise travelers to make a stop in Bilbao and San Sebastian. Both cities are very beautiful, clean, and full of adventure! A tour of the Basque Country cannot be complete without at stop in both cities! We offer Bilbao city tours and San Sebastian city and pintxo tours. Bilbao is becoming increasingly famous for the Guggenheim Museum designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. However, many guests come to see the museum and then are blown away by the food, architecture, and friendly Basques that inhabit the city. San Sebastian offers a different feel as it has a noticeable French influence and has been a holiday destination for Spanish royalty for centuries. The pintxos (Basque tapas) in San Sebastian are some of the best in the Basque Country. There are dozens upon doxens of pintxo bars lining the old quarter of the city! Barhopping your way through San Sebastian is one of the best ways to experience the unique ambience and incredible gastronomy that the Basque Country has to offer!