The Basque Country stands out from the rest of Spain, and it’s not just a question of its enigmatic language. Having never been conquered by the Moors, and isolated by Franco, it has a proud identity and a cultural heritage quite unlike that of the south. For our specialists, it’s one of the country’s most intoxicating corners. They’ve explored its many facets in detail — from where to find the best pintxos (the Basque answer to tapas) to the overlooked masterpieces of Bilbao’s game-changing Guggenheim, as well as those hiding in the city’s other, lesser-visited art galleries.
Basque Country trips can take on many guises. Our specialists will encourage you to explore the surrounding countryside — venturing into the rolling hills and fertile soils of the Rioja wine region — as well as the beautiful coastline and cities. You could unwind on the beaches of San Sebastián or venture inland to unassuming, timeless villages. Gastronomy and a love of fine ingredients and local produce are also key to the Basque character. Our specialists will craft you a tailor-made trip that affords plenty of one-off opportunities for exploring the rich array of meats, cheeses and fish, always with guides who are passionate about local food and Basque traditions.
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Places to visit in the Basque Country and La Rioja
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Basque Country and La Rioja, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Basque Country and La Rioja
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Basque Country and La Rioja, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Basque Country by car & ferry: Bilbao, La Rioja & San SebastiánSpainView this tour
Basque Country explorer: Bilbao, La Rioja & San SebastiánSpainView this tour
Culinary highlights of Seville & San SebastiánSpainView this tour
Madrid, San Sebastián & La Rioja tourSpainView this tour
Map of the Basque Country and La Rioja
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around the Basque Country and La Rioja
- Bilbao The Basque Country and La Rioja
- La Rioja The Basque Country and La Rioja
- San Sebastián The Basque Country and La Rioja
- Segovia 174 miles away
- El Escorial & Valle de los Caídos 197 miles away
- Madrid 203 miles away
- Ávila 205 miles away
- Salamanca 215 miles away
- Toledo 245 miles away
- Catalonia 253 miles away
- Montserrat 267 miles away
- Cava wine region 267 miles away
- Barcelona 289 miles away
Photos of the Basque Country and La Rioja
Accommodation choices for the Basque Country and La Rioja
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Basque Country and La Rioja. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Hotel Calle MayorLa Rioja
Hotel ViuraLa Rioja
Hotel Los AgustinosLa Rioja
Hotel Marqués de RiscalLa Rioja
Villa SoroSan Sebastián
Hotel de Londres y de InglaterraSan Sebastián
Hotel Maria CristinaSan Sebastián