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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 — venuting 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.

Map of the Basque Country and La Rioja

Places & hotels on the map

    Places in and around 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 Marqués de Riscal, Elciego

      Hotel Marqués de Riscal


      A striking architectural statement designed by Frank Gehry, the Hotel Marqués de Riscal offers unassuming luxury alongside a Michelin starred restaurant and upscale winery. The property also boasts an extensive spa and makes for a luxurious base from which to explore La Rioja.

    • Hotel Viura, Villabuena de Álava

      Hotel Viura

      First Class

      Design-led Hotel Viura dominates the traditional Riojan village of Álava with its radical architecture and cutting-edge style. Great attention to detail means it's far more than form over function however with the rooms and the restaurant as impressive as its structure.

    • Hotel Los Agustinos, Haro

      Hotel Los Agustinos


      A 14th-century monastery now converted into a comfortable hotel, Hotel Los Agustinos offers a peaceful stay in the heart the Rioja. Its medieval character and architectural detail is matched by modern amenities and a creative menu.

    • Hotel Calle Mayor, Logroño

      Hotel Calle Mayor


      Marrying modern comfort with period charm, Hotel Calle Mayor is a restored 16th-century palace in Logroño, the heart of La Rioja. Friendly and understated it makes a great base for exploring the region.

    • Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastián

      Hotel Maria Cristina


      The grande dame of San Sebastián hotels set in a stately building overlooking the Urumea River, Hotel Maria Cristina blends Belle Époque grandeur with contemporary luxury. Faultless service, creative menus and a convenient location ensure a memorable stay.

    • Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra, San Sebastián

      Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra


      A San Sebastián institution welcoming guests for well over 100 years, Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra offers impeccable service, old-world charm and a beachfront location. It is a convenient spot for a seaside stay close to the heart of the town.

    • Villa Soro, San Sebastián

      Villa Soro

      First Class

      A grand converted manor dating from 1898, Villa Soro offers warm, inviting rooms just outside the heart of San Sebastián. Its relaxed atmosphere, understated style and muted tones combine to create an intimate character in an elegant setting.

    • Hotel Akelarre, San Sebastian



      An exclusive retreat 15 minutes from San Sebastián, the Akelarre Hotel is set in an enviable location with unspoiled views of the sea and an acclaimed three-Michelin-starred restaurant.