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Pais Vasco, or the Basque Country, has a unique identity thanks to the strong Basque culture, often seen in its passion for food, especially tapas, and wine; and amongst its rural and coastal beauty are cities such as the vibrant and energetic Bilbao and cultured San Sebastian with its Michelin star chefs.

Pais Vasco (the Basque Country) is one of the most industrialized regions of Spain but it is still a land of lush green countryside, magnificent mountains and brilliant blue seas -  there are many areas of nature that are almost untouched, especially the natural parks of Valderejo, Urkiola, Urdaibai and the magical landscapes along the Guernica river. This region is perfect for hiking, riding, golf and mountain sports and towns of note are San Sebastian, the famous aristocratic beach resort; and Bilbao, the region's largest city which has a beautiful historic quarter.

Discover the rich culture and deeply rooted customs of the Basque people who have forged strong bonds with the environment around them. Pais Vasco is a region where diverse and enterprising communities are based around fishing, industry and agriculture making it a land of good food and excellent wine, where local and seasonal products such as pintxos, the local tapas, and fine wines from the Rioja Alavesa or a txakoli, a sparkling wine, are a luxury everyone can afford.

Take the time to understand the personality of this unique region and experiment with the passionate flavours of Pais Vasco.

Top places to visit

Bilbao is a captivating contradiction of old and new. Such buildings as the striking new Guggenheim Museum are set against the stunning Gothic architecture of the Old Town

San Sebastián, in Pais Vasco (the Basque Country), is a stylish city renowned for its excellent beaches, fine architecture and culture, and its wealth of Michelin star restaurants.

Vitoria-Gasteiz, in Pais Vasco, is an historical and artistic city surrounded by Green Spain.

Tolosa, in Pais Vasco (the Basque Country), is a brilliant destination for food lovers that is surrounded by the beauty of Green Spain and full of remarkable architecture.

The Guggenheim Bilbao, on the bank of the River Nervíon, is a remarkable and instantly recognisable structure of titanium, glass and limestone that was created by the renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Known as the 'Pearl of the Cantabrian' and one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe, La Concha beach is a stunning mile-long stretch of white sand in the heart of the city.

Prepare to be wowed at the Aquarium de San Sebastián, the first natural science museum ever built in Spain. Not just one of the most modern aquariums in Europe after its recent renovations and extension, it contains over 5,000...