The Basque Country & La Rioja

The Basque Country

Maybe it was the Guggenheim that got you thinking about going to Bilbao. It's fabulous. But don't miss the colorful balconies and fine cafés of the parte vieja. And the bold bridges and old port towns along its estuary.

Perhaps you've been meaning to see San Sebastián since the New York Times called it "the culinary capital of Europe." Yes to its marvelous Michelin stars. And its pintxos—those miniature masterpieces that lure you from bar to bar. And yes again to its rustic ciderhouses and grills.

We can promise you this: give Euskadi a little time and you'll see, Basque is beautiful. Orchards and fishing villages, green vineyards of txakoli overlooking the blue Bay of Biscay. And the prized wineries of the Rioja right nearby.

La Concha at Night - San Sebastian
Be wowed by Bilbao and its Guggenheim. By strollable San Sebastián, too. And don't miss the vineyards on the coast in between.
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Frank Gehry's colorful roof at Marqués de Riscal winery
Dreamy landscapes of mountains and vines. Elegant wines and simple good food. Quaint old towns and a groovy new hotel.
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