10 reasons to go to the Basque Country

Tourism in Euskadi It has increased considerably in recent years, something that does not surprise us at all, since this Spanish autonomous community has a lot to offer the traveler: one of the best gastronomies in the world, examples of avant-garde architecture, beaches surrounded by nature ...

There are many reasons why it is worth traveling to this corner of the north of the Iberian Peninsula, but today we are going to talk to you about the 10 that they propose to us from the official tourism portal of the Basque Country. Would you like to join us?


First of all, we must talk about Bilbao, an internationally recognized urban reference because its avant-garde is based on integration and respect for its industrial past. The icon of the transformation of this city is the Guggenheim Museum, with its impressive architecture. Find out more in our article “Essential visits in Bilbao”.


Visiting Vitoria-Gasteiz is another reason why the Basque Country is worth visiting. Seat of the Basque Parliament and capital of the community, it is a city green, which is full of natural spaces. In addition, you should know that it is a world wine tourism enclave.

Saint Sebastian

Saint Sebastian
As it could not be otherwise, we are also going to talk about San Sebastián, one of the most romantic cities in the world. And although its renowned La Concha beach is especially surprising, the city has much more to offer, like its other two Beaches urban. Find out more in our article “Essential visits in San Sebastián”.

Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve

Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve
Another place in the Basque Country that is worth discovering is the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, a varied natural space of extraordinary beauty. Its heart is the Oka River, which becomes an estuary upon reaching Mundaka. Visiting it, discover unique marshes, spectacular beaches, cave paintings and birds very difficult to spot in the rest of Spain.

Hermitage San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

In the town of Bermeo we find the Ermita San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which is located on an island connected to land by a steep and long stairs. It is a picturesque hermitage from which spectacular views of the Cantabrian Sea are obtained.

Meeting House of Gernika

We should also talk about the Gernika Meeting House, which symbolizes the continuity of Basque traditions. Highlights the Oak located in the enclosure, which when it has to be replaced is replaced by a sprout of the previous one. Today it is, together with the houses of Geradiaga and Abellaneda, the official headquarters of the General Boards of Bizkaia.

Bizkaia Suspension Bridge

The Bizkaia Suspension Bridge could not be missing from this list, which is located in the final section of the Bilbao Estuary. The bridge connects Portugalete and Getxo, two lovely villages worth discovering.

The guard

The guard
If you have the opportunity to travel to the Basque Country we also recommend visiting Laguardia, a walled town that offers an excellent offer food and wine, in addition to an important historical heritage.

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

We must also talk about the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, which pays tribute to one of the designers most important in the country. The best thing about this place is that it conceives Balenciaga's pieces as if they were works of art.

Loiola Sanctuary

Finally, we want to talk about the Sanctuary of Loiola, which is located in the middle of the Urola Valley, in an environment idyllic. Built around the medieval Tower House in which Ignacio de Loyola lived, the complex is a sample of the architectural Baroque.

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