Get ready to discover one of the most beautiful and unique regions in Spain with this post, Top Things to do in the Basque Country.

Explore magnificent natural landscapes, get lost and wander around the ancient towns, delight yourself with some of the most distinguished Michelin starred restaurants, soak up the Spanish traditions, fall in love with the delicious pintxos, relax in some of the most beautiful pristine beaches in Europe…

In other words, awake to the authenticity of the Basque Country.

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Top Things to Do in the Basque Country

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1. Bilbao

view of Bilbao

Why visiting: Bilbao is the heart of the Basque Country and one of the most cosmopolitan and touristic cities. Over the years, Bilbao has been able to successfully blend in the traditional Basque culture with a futuristic vision of the city, consequently becoming a sophisticated and full of action city in the present.  Its staggering architecture, the green hill surroundings, and its proximity to the coast makes of Bilbao an attractive destination for everyone.

Things to do in Bilbao

  1. Visit the Guggenheim Museum. One of the most important contemporary buildings in the world, made with titanium panels that create random curves designed to catch the light. That’s why it shows a completely different image at night.
  2. Take a stroll around El Casco Viejo. It is the old medieval town and the most picturesque part of the city. It is formed by 7  narrow streets packed with taverns where you can use a stop to delight a tasteful pintxo. Pintxos are a piece of bread with different toppings. If you want to try some of the best pintxos in the city, take a walk to Plaza Nueva.
  3. Take a walk at El Ensanche. El Ensanche, together with the Gran Via, are great places to walk and do some shopping. Head from there towards Casco Viejo, Bellas Artes Museum and Casilda Iturrizar Park.
  4. Plans for curious people: If you are curious about culture and a museum lover, then you should visit these places:  Fine Arts Museum, the Archeological Museum, Basque Museum, and the Maritime Museum.
  5. Plans for Foodies. If you are a foodie, you are in the right place! Bilbao has more than 30 Michelin starred restaurants spread around the city. But not only Michellin starred restaurants take the prize in terms of food, Basque Cuisine is found in mostly every corner. Don’t forget to try pintxos, specially the fried foie pintxo and enjoy them with some local wine, Txacoli. If you want to make the most of your foodie experience with plans like Basque cooking lessons, Guided Txacoli Wine Tasting, or a Guided Pinxtos Tour in Bilbao, click below or on the links.

2. San Sebastián

Views of San Sebastian beachh

Why visiting: San Sebastián is famous for its frequently awarded gastronomy, the stunning white sand beaches and for hosting one of the most important cultural events, the International Film Festival, which is celebrated once a year.

Alongside La Concha beach, one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe, you can spot the elegant buildings perched on the lush hillsides.

Besides the elegance and charm of San Sebastian, it’s reputation comes from being one of the world’s great dining destinations.  There are 16 Michelin stars in the city and some of the best chefs in the world.

Things to do in San Sebastián

  1. Visit el Casco Viejo. It is one of the best parts of the city to go for a walk and eat some local pintxos. The old part of the city has the greatest concentration of bars in the world! As you walk inside the bars, you will see a wide variety of pintxos waiting for you, they are the most delicious in the city. From there take a look at Santa Maria del Coro Church and the Constitution Square.
  2. El Ayuntamiento (the City Hall) is located between La Concha beach and the Casco Viejo as is worth to spend some time looking at the building.
  3. Centro Romántico. Located in the most beautiful part of the city. There you will see some beautiful buildings with a Parisian style that makes this neighborhood a compulsory place to stop by.
  4. Monte Urgul. Monte Urgul rises up the San Sebastian bay surrounded by the Cantabric sea and it offers spectacular views of San Sebastian. It used to be a strategic point to defend the city years back and nowadays you can still see the remainings of the wall that surrounded the mount. Hike up the Monte Urgul to enjoy the views.
  5. Monte Igueldo. It is located on the other hill of San Sebastian. To get there you can take the old funicular to enjoy some of the best panoramic views of the city.
  6. Cristina Ernea Park. It is a scenic park to visit and where locals head to relax from the city. In the park, you can find ducks, peacocks, ornamental plants and a wooden path.
  7. El Peine del Viento. This steel sculpture at the end of the Ondarreta beach is one of the most iconic pictures of San Sebastián.

3. Getxo

Getxo

Why visiting: Getxo is a beautiful town lapped by the waters of the Cantabric Sea with staggering landscapes located only 20km from Bilbao. It is found in the right shore of the Nervion River which is considered the “posh” area and it is very representative of Getxo all the mansions and elegant bourgeoisie neighborhoods. This town has many buildings of architectural interest, stunning beaches to spend the day and relax, interesting walks to understand the town and highly recommended restaurants to get a taste of the Basque gastronomy.