Acclaimed author Paddy Woodworth teams up with gastronomy guru Jon Warren to offer a unique Basque holiday adventure

Since the Belle Epoque, the Basque Country has been a favoured destination for the discerning traveller. Basque gastronomy is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive food cultures in the world. Now there is a new opportunity for a deep insight into one of most fascinating cultures in Spain; enjoy delicious food, accompanied by expert guides in this ancient and mysterious, vibrant and contemporary part of the world. San Sebastián Food, a world-class bespoke food and wine travel company has teamed up with Paddy Woodworth, author of two acclaimed books on the Basques, to offer small groups of visitors the opportunity to experience this unique region. Their next four-day tour, 5th - 8th July 2010, will celebrate the fiesta of San Fermin in the Navarran village of Lesaka. Co-host and Basque cultural specialist Paddy Woodworth explains “Unlike its famous counterpart in Pamplona, this is an intimate festival, mostly attended by residents of Lesaka and neighbouring villages. The fiesta’s enchanting rituals, dances and costumes are unique to this atmospheric and historic place.” Dedicated food guide and tour director Jon Warren says “As at all Basque fiestas, good food and wine are essential components. Other highlights on the tour will include a special Basque cookery class. Guests will have the opportunity to cook alongside local chefs learning first hand the region’s speciality dishes.” In keeping with the bespoke nature of the 15-person tour, the setting is the enchanting family-run 16th century Arraya hotel in Sare. One of the most beautiful villages in the French Basque Country, nestled between the Bay of Biscay and the Pyrenees, the hotel is a former rest point for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. The tour’s unique ingredient is the inclusion of Paddy Woodworth. His latest book, The Basque Country (Oxford 2008) is a series of essays on the region, ranging from folk rituals to political violence. It was described by the David Gardner in the Financial Times as: “shrewd and affectionate...full of gems…a splendid portrait of a bewitching land.” Paddy Woodworth Paddy Woodworth has known, loved and written about the Basque Country since 1975. He has published two books about the Basques and has lectured widely on a variety of Basque topics in the US, Britain, Ireland and Spain. A former editor on the arts and foreign desks of the Irish Times, Franco biographer Paul Preston described his first book, Dirty War, Clean Hands (Yale 2003), as “one of the most important books about post-Franco Spain ever published.” For more information about Paddy, visit www.paddywoodworth.com Tour highlights: - Behind the scenes at San Fermin fiesta in Lesaka’s ´Little Venice’ - Guided tour through stunning Pyrenean villages with Paddy - Basque cookery class in San Juan & gourmet dinner in San Sebastián - 3 relaxing nights in the beautiful 16th century Hotel Arraya Download the full itinerary and tour brochure here

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