Indulge yourself in the history, culture and art of Spanish Basque Country during this spectacular journey from San Sebastian through the famous town of Gernika, to beloved by surfers coastal villages, to masterpiece of modern architecture – the Museum of Guggenheim in the capital of Bizkaia.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Start off the morning by meeting one of our local experts and boarding your comfortable van that will take you on this rich with culture and history day trip along Basque Coast. On the way to our first stop, your guide will give you an introduction on the history of the area, and what to expect throughout the day.
Shortly we will have arrived to the re-emerged from its ashes town of Gernika that was pictured by Pablo Picasso in 1937. ‘Gernika’ it’s considered the second most famous painting of all times. We will stroll through the streets of the town to finally reach the neoclassical Assembly House of Bizkaia and ‘meet’ the Tree of Gernika – international symbol of peace, resistance and Basque rights.
After discovering the secrets of Basque history, it’s time to head towards the Coast of Bizkaia. The road will take us through extraordinary Urdaibai – UNESCO declared Biosphere Reserve. A place where holm oak covered mountains with steep slopes give way to a valley that leads to the sea, forming marshes inhabited by diversity of birds.
Next, we will stop in the small town of Mundaka – mecca for surfers. This internationally renowned spot it’s famous for one of the best left waves in the world, as well as its beautiful paths and fishing traditions! We will also challenge your skills at the local ‘fronton’ playing the basque ball – are you ready to challenge our guide?
We will continue along one of the most breathtaking roads of Bizkaia Coast to finally stop at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe lookout. From here you have spectacular views of the Cantabrian Sea with breathtaking cliffs, tunnels and arches carved by the sea. The fans of Games of Thrones will quickly recognised this islet that is linked to the mainland by a winding path. Spoiler! There are no dragons!
On the way to Bilbao we will pass through one of the DOs of emblematic Basque wines – ‘txakoli’! You will enjoy a glass of this slightly sparkling, white wine while admiring the vineyards of Bakio and discovering the secrets behind the production of this beloved by locals drink.
Last, but definitely not least we will arrive to Bilbao – an example of how investment in culture can transform a grey, post-industrial city into a Winner of the 2018 European City of the Year! Staggering architecture, fine dining and cosmopolitan feeling is what characterise the capital of Bizkaia. Get impressed by the spectacular “titanium building “ of Guggenheim designed by Frank Gehry and dive into the world of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Museum located inside.
Finally it’s time to try the Basque cuisine and find out what’s all the buzz about! Choose between ‘pintxos’ – a little pieces of heaven on a plate (as one of our guests described them) or lunch in a modern Basque restaurant where the tradition meets avant-garde.
At the end of the evening your private transport will take you back to the hotel.
‘Mikel with Ikusnahi Tours took my wife and I on a personalized day trip from San Sebastian to Bilbao, immersing us in the culture and history of the Basque Country and its people along the way. Mikel’s enthusiasm for his Basque culture and his knowledge of all things Basque opened his world to us, and made the trip unique and unforgettable. ’