Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Vitoria-Gasteiz (Álava)
La Concha beach. San Sebastián
Vizcaya Suspension Bridge. Portugalete
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
The home of among the world's finest food, beaches in natural settings, avant-garde architecture... This area in northern Spain is the ideal place for an all-round visit. If you go to the Basque country you absolutely have to try the famous “pintxos”: miniature morsels of “haute cuisine” which you’ll see displayed in all their glory on the counters of numerous bars. You'll also find several restaurants run by some of the standard-bearers of the new Spanish cuisine. And if you'd like something delicious to drink, why not try any of the wines from the Rioja Alavesa region? Also worth a special mention are its beautiful coastal destinations with such well-known places as San Sebastián, Zarautz and Getxo, as well as inland cities such as Vitoria and Bilbao. This last location is home to such innovative buildings as its Guggenheim Museum, which has received international acclaim. Don't miss it, or the spectacular Vizcaya suspension bridge, with the UNESCO World Heritage designation. What's more, culture lovers are well advised not to miss the famous San Sebastián International Film Festival held in the Kursaal Auditorium. And added to all this, the Basque Country has a range of spectacular natural resources (both nature reserves and biosphere reserves) which make this the perfect place for sports, and offer yet another good reason to set out on the popular Way of Saint James pilgrim route which passes through this part of Spain.