City Breaks in the Basque Country, Northern Spain

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PRESS RELEASE: Three cities, three unique experiences, one amazing territory: enjoy the perfect weekend getaways this summer in The Basque Country, Northern Spain.

Here are our top 3 experiences in each city:

BILBAO

1.       Guggenheim Museum – With its inimitable architectural masterpieces and engaging exhibitions, the Guggenheim is one of the greatest attractions that visitors flock to Bilbao for. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, it is a perfect fusion of innovation and design.
2.       Casco Viejo – The real essence of Bilbao is hidden in the corners of Siete Calles (Seven Streets). This medieval neighbourhood is a popular destination for shopping with a wide variety of stores. Pintxos can be tasted in the Ribera Municipal Market.  Declared as being an historical and artistic monument, Casco Viejo is also famous for being home to the oldest churches and monuments of the city, namely Santiago Cathedral, the Church of San Antón and Plaza Nueva.
3.       Vizcaya Bridge – Located in the Biscay province, this suspension bridge known as Puente Colgante in Spanish, was inaugurated in 1893 and was designed in order to link the towns of Portugalete and Getxo. Vizcaya Bridge offers a great view of the harbour and is also considered a great symbol of Industrial Heritage, since being declared UNESCO Monument of Humanity in 2006.

SAN SEBASTĺAN

1.       Parte Vieja – A foodies’ paradise, Parte Vieja is a primary spot for tasting Pintxo’s and indulging in Basque gastronomy and culture. This is one of the most popular areas of San Sebastián where you can discover some of the best bars of the region and celebrations take place all year round.
2.       La Concha Beach – The sea plays an integral role in the beauty of San Sebastián. La Concha Promenade, along the beach is an ideal destination for a romantic walk and to take in the breathtaking views of the bay. Head to La Concha to sunbathe, relax and enjoy the La Perla thermal springs installations, the only centre of thalassotherapy in the city.
3.       San Sebastián International Film Festival – With the 63rd edition of its International Film Festival fast approaching (18 – 26 September), San Sebastián is preparing to welcome leading filmmakers and the some of the biggest film stars to the city for a week-long celebration.

VITORIA-GASTEIZ

1.       Green Ring – In Vitoria-Gasteiz nature is never far, that is one of the reasons why it was recognised as the European Green Capital of 2012. The Anillo Verde (Green Ring) is a perimeter around the city formed by six large parks you can explore on foot or by bicycle.
2.       Santa Maria Cathedral – This gothic cathedral is more than just a place of worship; it is a fortress integrated into the defence system of the medieval walled city. It has been restored to show visitors and history lovers just how it was when it was constructed. As a result, over a million visitors have already explored its naves, atrium and walls.
3.       Rioja Alavesa & Uribe – Visit two areas with the greatest winemaking tradition in the Basque Country. Rioja Alavesa in the province of Araba produces extraordinary red wines and Uribe in Bizkaia produces Txakoli, the typical white wine of The Basque Country. For Rioja Alavesa, travel to Laguardia to begin your journey through a unique landscape, admire spectacular vineyards and savour the tastes and aromas of the wine. For Uribe, jump on the Enobus which will take you to some of the region’s top wineries. En-route, enjoy the contrasting views of the green landscape of the countryside and the blue of the sea. At the end of your journey taste the crisp, intense taste of Txakoli.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Basque Country, Northern Spain
Basque Country in northern Spain is located around the western end of the Pyrenees on the coast of the Bay of Biscay and straddles parts of north-centralSpain and south-western France. Basque Country features three main cities including Bilbao, San Sebastián & Vitoria-Gasteiz that are located approximately an hour away from each other. Basque (Euskara) and Spanish are the official languages spoken throughout the region.  Basque cuisine is at the heart of Basque culture, influenced by the neighbouring communities and the excellent produce from the sea and the land. For more information, visit http://www.basquecountrytorurism.net.

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