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Located in Spain’s north, bordering The Bay of Biscay to the north and France to the east, its major cities include San Sebastian and the capital of Bilbao.
Basque Country is an autonomous community, fiercely proud of its heritage and cultural independence from the rest of Spain, with its own language and its own unique cuisine – elBulli’s Ferran Adria once commented that San Sebastian had the best food in the world.
One of the main reasons to visit Basque Country is, in fact, the food, with the region famous for its own version of tapas called pintxos (pinchos), small finger foods that are put on display for ease of pick and mix choice; you can even learn the art of making pintxos in workshops held in San Sebastian. Wine is also made and loved here: Rioja Alavesa wines are famous around the world and its wine route is a great way to spend an afternoon.
“I have a recurring daydream that makes my mouth water: it’s a balmy summer’s evening and I’m pintxos bar-hopping in the hip old town of San Sebastian.”
– Steve McKenna
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