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Blend days of discovery with time to enjoy your charming small hotels, get to know your welcoming hosts and linger over delicious local cuisine (wine optional, but encouraged).

Whether you're looking for a peaceful walk in the countryside, a city-hopping train journey or a relaxed drive through the best of everything, we have something special to share with you...

Want to reach Spain without flying? Just let us know as nearly as all our trips can be reached by land or sea, especially if you're a strong swimmer in the case of the islands.

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Basque Country

As pretty as it is to look at, the Basque Country really rewards you rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. The ways in which you do so can be as varied as the region is itself.

You could be out walking through a colourful landscape of rolling fields, hilltop villages, vineyards and mountains. Or following Camino del Norte trails across the green hills above the wild Atlantic.

On another day you might indulge in the gastronomic fruits of Pamplona - that city of Hemingway and stampeding bulls fame, but so much more than the sum of these connections - or order some pintxos in the lively backstreet bars of San Sebastian's elegant old town. History abounds in Middle Age pilgrim paths and the sad yet hopeful tale of Guernica. And we might even let you bottle your own Rioja vintage if you ask nicely.

For more on all that, and a bit more, keep reading.

Basque culture

"The Basque Country can now be defined by weekly produce markets and traditional fishing communities; by artisan cheesemaking and designer pintxos; by modern art and cutting-edge wine making; by so much more we could rattle off here. Right now, our job is to give you a quick insight to whet your appetite. When you get there, it's to bring it all to life in a way that is personal to you..."

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Playing the traditional txistu flute in Pamplona
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Smelling a fresh boletus mushroom in Ordizia

Wineries of Basque Rioja

"We have several ways of sharing our favourite Rioja vineyards, from contrasting the oldest and most traditional bodegas with the new cutting-edge wineries, to pairing you up with a family to experience small scale wine production in a more relaxed and personal way. This is not just about someone pointing at wine vats and giving an elaborate explanation of their raison d'etre as you nod along politely - you are encouraged to get involved in the daily work and bottle up your own vintage to take away with you..."

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Pristine vineyards near San Vicente de la Sonsierra
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Tending the vines at our favourite winery

Bilbao’s storied streets

"The titanium cladding of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum, gracefully ageing as the years tick past, represents a new Bilbao, transformed from a spluttering, grey, industrial factory into a slick and modern city. But far from burying its past, what the Guggenheim's arrival did was wake us all up to what had always been hiding in the heart of the city..."

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The cladded beauty of Frank Gehry's iconic Guggenheim
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Elegant riverside housing along the estury of Bilbao

Pintxos bar hopping

"Even in a world beyond 2020, cities mean socialising. And invariably, Basque cities mean socialising centred around pintxos; tiny works of culinary art served at the counter, traditionally on a thick slice of bread and pierced with a toothpick (a pintxo). You could spend all day fussing over the different options on offer, but frankly life's too short. What we really want to share with you is the spirit of pintxos bar hopping, like the locals do..."

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Spoilt for choice in a traditional San Sebastian pintxos bar
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Pintxos of the more upmarket kind in Pamplona

Market day in Guernica

"On Monday 26 April 1937, hundreds of food producers were arriving from the surrounding hills to sell their home-grown and homemade produce, as they did every Monday. Meanwhile, the elite Condor legion of the Luftwaffe, embedded with Nationalist Spanish forces on ‘training’, were taking to the skies. First the allied forces carpeted the town with bombs, then strafed it with machine gun fire..."

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Weekly markets are a staple of rural Basque life
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The famous Guernica Oak Tree

Camino del Norte trails

"The Basque have always had a strong relation with the sea. You need only visit Bilbao's modern port or lively fishing villages like Getaria or Pasai Donibane to see this connection remains strong today. Looking down over San Sebastian's La Concha beach offers one of the most spectacular urban panoramas in Spain. But just looking at the sea and reading the history probably isn't enough - we need to get you out walking along clifftop trails and tucking into fresh seafood in those village harbours..."

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Green hills and clear blue sea on the Camino del Norte
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Grilled fish in the port village of Getaria

Beyond the Basque Country

"If all the above appeals, we’d love to weave it into a private self-drive trip for you. If you want to pick and choose bits of it all, or have the luxury of more time, then let’s finish by looking at where else your travels might take you. One enticing route leads east, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, from the Basque Country to Catalonia. Or for a complete contrast, we could also link the Basque Country with Andalucía..."

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Head east and you're in the Pyrenees...
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... keep going and you'll end up in Catalonia

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