Our trip starts in Bilbao, called “one of the great treasures” of the Basque Country. Dazzling architecture, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes are some of the reasons that make Bilbao a perfect start for a Spanish escape. We can say that architecture is the best reflection of Bilbao. Surrounded by rolling green hills, the dining scene can be lived in very different ways based on Basque cuisine.
In the second day, we leave Bilbao, in direction of Gaztelugatxe. An isle lost on the coast of Biscay, connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. To visit the island we needed to cross the bridge and climb about 237 steps to the top, ring the bell 3 times, and make a wish! It is truly worth it!
The picturesque isle has incredible views of the cliffs, with a small church, that seems to have been built by the Knights Templar.
By the end of the day, we arrive at Vitoria, and what a better place to rest after a day full of lush places! Victoria’s ancient streets and squares are the perfect scenarios to a foodie destination.
In the third day, a popular stop for cycling tours, Briones, which is known for its tapas and wine museum. Continuing a wine route our next stop is at Haro and Samaniego which are very famous in the wine world. In the medieval fortress town of Laguardia, it’s easy to travel back in time. Known by ‘Guard of Navarra’ its visitors can walk the wall all around the city. The day ends in Logroño, that is being known for its culinary reputation.
Estella or ‘La Bella’ marks the beginning of our fourth day. Its name is due to the splendor of its monuments and buildings, and currently is a landing spot for pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago.
Next stop for the rest of the day… Pamplona! A fascinating place to explore, with an incredible culture and a picturesque city center, full of vibrant eating and drinking spots, Pamplona is also known for its bull running.
Urdazubi that means water and bridge, is the first stop of our fifth day. A place full of culture, gastronomy, tradition, and nature. The next stop of our escape is full of heat, Espelette, that is famous for its dark-red chilies, traditional of the Basque cuisine. We began to approach the ocean, giving time for a quick stop in Saint Pée Sur Nivelle, and Biarritz, one of the southwest’s seaside gems.
The sixth day starts in Baiona, initially an important commercial port, passing through St. Jean de Luz, an excellent seaside town. Following the coastline, you will find Hondarribia, the last stop of our day tour is an incredible spot for dining in San Sebastián (Donostia in Basco).
The last day is spent by the coast, starting in Getaria, the well-hidden secret of the coast. In many ways, the town is like a miniature version of San Sebastián but remains a fairly low-key. Following along the coast we stop in Lekeitio, a town with a very long fishing tradition and gorgeous beaches. Doing a slight deviation to Arteaga, we can visit the immaculate neo-gothic castle, precious and timeless. And the last but not least, Gorliz, a town full of historical heritage with the most beautiful coastal landscape.
Our escape finishes in Bilbao, where has everything started. This incredible experience is almost impossible to describe…
A deep dive into a completely different culture, with gorgeous landscapes, tasty food and hair blowing in the wind!