Where to Stay in Bilbao, Spain

Melia Bilbao

A medium-sized city, Bilbao offers a good selection of ‘where to stay’ options; and there’s no excuse for staying outside of the city center, where the most important sights are located. The following where to stay in Bilbao hotel recommendations give preference to centrally located hotels as well as to hotels that offer complimentary WiFi, though this is somewhat rare in Bilbao. Additionally, ... Read Full Article

Bilbao: Guggenheim, Tapas and Basque Beauty


The fused scents of cigar smoke, charred wet stone and centuries of Basque history permeate the seven streets of the Casco Viejo, the cobblestone old quarter of Bilbao. I am dwarfed by ornate, 15th century six-story architecture, panoramic hills strafing the distance, and the cooling breeze from the Bay of Biscay fluttering my hair. This charming Basque city, once hardened and industrial, is now ... Read Full Article

Spain’s Basque Beauties: Mundaka, Bermeo, Gorliz and Plentzia


On one of the best trips we’ve ever taken to Spain’s Basque region, my husband and I scoped out some regional gems that are off the typical tourist’s radar. Whenever we fantasize about where we’ll buy a European vacation home (after we become rich and famous, of course), these three spots are near the top of our list. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Mundaka We originally headed ... Read Full Article

Spain’s Best Culinary Experiences


Spain is a culinary wonderland as diverse in tastes as it is in landscape and culture. From the hot, dry south of the Andalusia region to the hilly northern Basque country, Spain offers delicious delights at every turn. Here are some of the top tastes to try when visiting Spain. Rioja Wine Spain’s famous wine region is a can’t miss destination for any wine lover.  There are over 500 wineries ... Read Full Article

San Sebastian – Sun, Sea and Superb Cuisine

Arzak Staff

  San Sebastian doesn’t seem to get as much attention as the glamorous resort towns on Spain’s Costa de Sol. But this seaside city, with its mix of modern style and old-world atmosphere, offers cosmopolitan shopping and entertainment, Basque culture, and some of Spain’s best dining, just steps from beautiful sandy beaches. Where to Eat in San Sebastian One of the main reasons to ... Read Full Article

Surf’s Up at France’s Basque Coast

Bayonne, France

We spent a few days in Basque Country located in the Southwest corner of France in the early spring.  We were delighted to find that this area is France's other summer playground offering travelers a unique cultural experience as well as beaches galore. The Basque region is comprised of seven provinces, four in Spain and three in France, that straddle the western Pyrenees Mountains. The ... Read Full Article

France’s Basque Country

We spent our last few days touring in the beautiful Basque region of France. St. Jean de Luz has an amazing church Saint Jean-Baptiste in which Louis XIV was married. We also visited the recreational seaside town of Hendaye, with a wide bay just made for surfing. And though the weather was chilly, the surfers were out in force wearing wet-suits. We also visited the charming town of St Jean ... Read Full Article