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Hotels in Basque Country (País Vasco), Spain:
Argómaniz Hotels  - Barakaldo Hotels - Bilbao Hotels - Getxo Hotels - Hondarribia Hotels - Irun Hotels - Lekeitio Hotels
Muxika Hotels - Portugalete Hotels - San Sebastian Hotels- Vitoria Hotels
Basque Country  Travel Guide:
Basque Country Holidays - Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria
Best Places to Visit in Vitoria Spain
Brace the Bilbao Adventure in your own Car
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Travel Guide to San Sebastian
Basque Country Holidays - Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria   by Steve Greenwood

The Basque Country is an autonomous community in northern Spain with capital city Vitoria. The region borders France, and the locals harbour a proud and defiant nature with strong support for a separate, united Basque state. The origins of their local language Euskadi cannot be traced, like that of the Basque race itself.

Basque Country Coastline

The coastal road from Bilbao to San Sebastian offers some spectacular scenery with small fishing villages and coves overlooked with jagged and dramatic cliffs. The town of Bakio has a long beach, often frequented by the locals, and a rocky island that is joined to the mainland by a small bridge. The picturesque port of Bermeo offers a goof selection of bars and restaurants, while the fishing villages of Lekeitio and neighbouring Ondarroa both offer historical architecture in their Gothic churches. The coastal town of Zarautz as well as having a 16th century Town Hall, Palacio Narros and the church of Nuestra Senora de la Real, also hosts the annual International Surfing Championship.

Basque Country Featured Hotels

Guggenheim Museum BilbaoBilbao holiday attractions

Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country region and is the capital of Vizcaya province. The city is a major seaport and in the past has offered little in the way of attractions to the visiting holidaymaker. However, major urban renewal has helped to move it away from its industrial roots and more towards tourism. Many developments within the city have helped to improve its image including new parks, Metro system and at the heart of the renaissance, the Guggenheim Museum.

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao 

The Guggenheim Museum was opened in 1997 and is one of the most visited museums in Spain. It offers constantly changing exhibits along with a permanent collection focused on the second half of the 20th century. The building was designed by Frank Gehry and is a masterpiece of modern architecture built out of titanium, glass and limestone. Inside, the huge windows of the central atrium bring natural light into the building and outside stand a surrealistic floral structure of a giant puppy.

San Sebastian holiday attractions

San Sebastian is the capital of Guipuzcoa province and has been visited by Spanish aristocracy for hundreds of years due to the quality of its beaches and beautiful city. Much of the original city was destroyed in 1813 during the Spanish War of Independence, so few historical buildings can be found within the centre. However, the city does offer a unique atmosphere and distinguished cosmopolitan feeling making it different from many other Spanish towns. In summer, the resort is packed with holidaymakers, and even in the winter the beach and its wonderful promenade of tamarind trees, Edwardian lampposts and beachfront cafes is a popular destination with the locals.

Vitoria holiday attractions

Vitoria ranks second in standard of living out of all the cities in Spain. It has a huge number of green parks around the city including Florida Park that was created in 1820 with its huge variety of plant species, and San Juan de Arriaga Park, which is the largest in the city. Vitoria is the capital of Alava province, which as a whole offers a tremendous diverse amount of protected spaces including many Nature Reserves including the Izki Nature Reserve with its melojo-oak forest and Gorbeia Nature Reserve, one of the Basque Country's biggest natural tourist attractions.


About the Author - Steve Greenwood has lived in Andalucia, Spain for 3 years. You are invited to visit Basque Country Villa Rentals for holiday accommodation and attractions in San Sebastian, Bilbao and Vitoria. For holiday information and attractions in all regions of Spain, visit Ideal Rentals For You.
Elburgo (Basque: Burgelu) is a village and municipality located in the province of Álava, in the Basque Country, northern Spain. The municipality officially has a dual name, "Elburgo/Burgelu", reflecting the officially bilingual status of this province of Spain. However, in practice the municipality and village are commonly referred to by one or the other name, depending on the language.  The municipality encompasses an area of some 32 km². In 2004, its recorded population was 453 inhabitants.  Elburgo comprises six villages and their respective communes (concejos):
  • Añua
  • Arbulo
  • Argómaniz
  • Elburgo (the municipality's capital and largest settlement)
  • Gáceta
  • Hijona
  • Parador de Argómaniz, Alava - Argómaniz
    The hotel occupies a magnificent renaissance palace overlooking the natural beauty of the Alavese plains, the Gorbea mountains and the marsh of Ullibarri Gamboa. The area invites walks through the nearby village of Argómaniz and is an ideal location for enjoying the beautiful surrounding nature reserves.  The palace, where Napoleon’s forces rested before attacking the city of Vitoria, has the Larrea family coat of arms on its façade.  The rooms, floors, furniture, chests and other features in the hotel benefit from the charm of the wood and the magnificent materials employed. These can also be seen in its unique dining hall. The restaurant offers traditional cuisine, including dishes such as los perretxikos (mushrooms), snails and goxua (custard, cream and caramel sponge). 
    Barakaldo (not to be confused with the Cuban and Guinean cities called Baracaldo), is an industrial river-port municipality in the Basque Country in Spain. It is located in the Biscay (Bizkaia) province, administratively included in the "Basque Autonomous Community", on the left bank of the Estuary of Bilbao. Barakaldo is part of Bilbao's metropolitan area (Greater Bilbao), and its official population at the 2006 census was 95,675 inhabitants living on a land area of 29.39 km² (11.35 sq mi).
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    Novotel Bilbao Exhibition Center, Barakaldo
    The Novotel Bilbao Barakaldo is located in Barakaldo, ten kilometres from the centre of Bilbao, Spain. The Bilbao Exhibition Centre is 700 metres from the hotel and the Guggenheim Museum 10 kilometres away. It is 700 metres to the nearest metro station, Anslo, and 11 kilometres to Bilbao Airport. The Novotel Bilbao Barakaldo is housed in a modern property spread over seven storeys accessible by lift.  There is an outdoor pool with a furnished sun terrace, wireless Internet access is available, and complimentary newspapers are offered in the lobby. The hotel has an indoor children's play area, and offers room service during restaurant opening hours. The Novotel Bilbao Barakaldo's restaurant, Claravia, serves Mediterranean dishes in a bright, modern setting with picture windows and wooden floors. Cocktails and other beverages are served in the contemporary bar, Ibaia.
    Getxo (Guecho in Spanish) is a town located in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country, in the north of Spain. It is part of the metrpolitan area of Bilbao (Greater Bilbao), and has about 83,000 inhabitants. Getxo is mostly an affluent residential area, as well as being the third largest municipality of Biscay.
    High Tech Tamarises Hotel, Algorta/Getxo
    The High Tech Tamarises Bilbao is located in Getxo, Spain, 15 kilometres from the centre of Bilbao. Ereaga Beach is opposite the hotel, and Durango is 41 kilometres away. Neguri Station is situated 300 metres from the hotel.  Set on the beachfront, the High Tech Tamarieses Bilbao occupies a modern property spread over four storeys which are accessible by elevator, and opens to a lobby area finished with dark wood panelling and richly patterned carpets. The hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet throughout and offers bicycles for hire. The High Tech Tamarises Bilbao houses an informal restaurant serving a range of traditional Basque dishes, and also offers a coffee shop and sidewalk café. Conference space is available on site, and there is a business centre. There are 5 kilometres of seafront jogging track in front of the hotel. 
    Hondarribia ("sand ford" in Basque, also known by its Spanish name Fuenterrabía or the French one, Fontarabie) is a town situated on the west shore of Bidasoa river's mouth, in Guipúzcoa, Basque Country, Spain. The border town is sited on a little promontory facing Hendaye (France) over the Txingudi bay. The town holds an ancient old quarter with walls and a castle. In addition, Hondarribia features a beach across the Bidasoa from the touristy housing estate Sokoburu in Hendaye, alongside a mountain called Jaizkibel providing a hilly backdrop to the town. A road leads north-east from the beach area to the Cape Higuer, located in this municipality. The town harbours the San Sebastian Airport, which serves domestic flights.
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    Parador de Hondarribia, Hondarribia, Guipúzcoa
    The hotel occupies a beautiful castle built by the king of Navarre, Sancho Abarca, in the 10th century. The building still retains the appearance and atmosphere of an original medieval fortress and provides a magnificent backdrop to the coastal location. The thick-walled exterior of the fortress belies its beautifully renovated interior.  Do not miss the immense, natural beauty of the stonework in the courtyard or the stunning sea views from the terrace and some of the bedrooms, along the French coast. Allow yourself to be drawn into the beautiful atmosphere of the castle as you explore its hidden nooks and crannies, wandering through its arches and admiring the wrought-iron work and coffering that adorn the walls and ceilings. Spears, cannons, and suits of armour bring an air of elegance to the comfortable surroundings. The Parador does not have a restaurant, however there are excellent places to eat locally (ask in the Parador). A buffet breakfast is included in the price of the room for guests staying at the Parador. 
    Sercotel Rio Bidasoa, Hondarribia
    The Hotel Rio Bidasoa is located in Hondarribia, Spain, 500 metres from both Hondarribia Beach and Hendaya Beach, which is in France on the other side of the bay. A modern hotel, The Hotel Rio Bidasoa features wooden walkways to its entrance. It is situated within its own gardens with a swimming pool and a complimentary car park, and a Braille system is used and disabled access can be arranged.  The hotel also offers places for relaxation such as the reading room and solarium.  The Rio Bidasoa Restaurant serves regional and international cuisine, such as baby squid cooked in ink with rice, and lentils with chili in vinegar. Decor is modern, with wrought iron chairs and white tablecloths.  The beaches nearby offer a variety of water sports. Irun Golf Course is three kilometres away, and discounts are available for a nearby fitness centre. 
    Irun (old Basque for 'fortified town', Spanish: Irún) is a town of the Bidasoa-Txingudi region in the province of Guipuscoa (Basque: Gipuzkoa) in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. Nowadays it is widely accepted by the historic researcher community that Irun is the ancient Basque Roman town of Oiasso on account of the vestiges (port, factory, etc.) disclosed lately in the historic nucleus of Irun, while the name itself may have applied to the whole surrounding area.  One of the biggest towns in Guipuscoa, its border town situation (it is located on the border between Spain and France, across the Bidasoa river from Hendaye), has made Irun into a commercial and logistic centre, with important railway infrastructure, where the SNCF 1,435 mm standard gauge rails meet the 1,668 mm broad gauge Renfe ones. Currently Irun features a fair ground provided with modern exhibition and telecommunication facilities just at some 100 metres away from the actual borderline at the Santiago Bridge (river Bidasoa).  Irun is part of the conurbation of Txingudi bay with Hondarribia and Hendaye, the town being also involved in the Eurocité Basque Bayonne-San Sebastián.  One of its main festivals is the Alarde, a parade recreating an episode of the Peninsula War.
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    Hotel Tryp Urdanibia, Irun
    The Hotel Tryp Urdanibia is located in the town of Irun, Spain, three kilometres from Irun city center, five kilometres from the beaches at Hondarribia, and 15 kilometres from San Sebastian. Irun train station is four kilometres away.  This modern hotel offers laundry and dry cleaning services, and there is a meeting room for small groups. Complimentary newspapers can be found in the lobby.  International dishes are served in the hotel's Ailade restaurant, which offers breakfast and lunch on a daily basis. The bar serves a range of drinks and cocktails. Featuring modern decor with neutral tones, the 114 guestrooms are air-conditioned and include wireless Internet access, televisions, and telephones. 
    Lekeitio is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, in the Spanish Autonomous Community of Basque Country, 53 km northeast from Bilbao. The municipality has 7,293 inhabitants (2005) and is one of the most important fishing ports of the Basque coast. Tourism has an important role during the summer seasons, when the town is a resort with one beach called Isuntza and the nearby Karraspio beach in the town of Mendexa.  The most important monument is the church of Santa Maria, a gothic basilica from the 15th century.  Lekeitio is also the birthplace of Resurrección María de Azkue, one of the most important Basque scholars of the 19th century. 
    Rusticae Hotel Zubieta, Lekeitio
    Surrounded by a sea of green, you step through a stunning stone arch which serves as the entrance to the Hotel Zubieta.  The bamboo path leads you to a late 18th century building, which was originally the stables of the baroque Zubieta Palace, with its delightful crisscross timber facade. The interior combines curtains, textiles and rugs with original terracotta floors, carved wooden doors and lattice banisters. The whole building has a family feel to it, the fireplace entices you to sit beside it in the cold weather with a steaming drink in hand, and the summer sun draws you to the terrace, with views of the lush surrounds. Although the Hotel Zubieta does not have its own restaurant, it does have a café with a select choice of hot and cold dishes using exceptional local produce.
    Muxika is a town and municipality located in the province of Biscay, in the autonomous community of Basque Country, northern Spain.  "The hotel is located in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, one of the most accessible natural spots in the Basque Country. Bird watching on the Guernica-Mundaka estuary, surfing in Mundaka (with its famous left-breaking wave) and windsurfing on Laida and Laga beaches. Diving, boat trips and sailing at Bermeo. The Basondo wildlife refuge for endangered species is 3 km away. There is a Roman village in Fórua and the Santimamiñe caves in Kortezubi. Visits to Guernica and Bermeo. The region is a hiker’s paradise." see below..
    Rusticae Aldori Landetzea - Guest House, Muxika
    Behind the Aldori’s discrete farmhouse façade lies an avant-garde interior where imagination has been allowed to roam free. The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve is a well-preserved natural beauty spot that has wound its path from Guernica to Mundaka since ancient times; its name means “wild boar river”.  Once inside the house, the first surprise is a tapestry of Kennedy and the White House hanging in the simple dining room. The family are used to explaining that this is personal tribute from José Luis Pértica, the paternal grandfather, to his time spent in the United States merchant navy; he even made it as far as Vietnam. Outside, the surrounding forest gently envelops the hotel in a sea of green.  The hotel serves simple hot and cold meat and fish dishes, with an emphasis on traditional farm and garden produce
    Portugalete is a town lying to the west of Bilbao (Basque: Bilbo) in the province of Biscay in the autonomous community of Basque Country, in the North of Spain. The town has 51,066 inhabitants (2001 census) and is part of Bilbao's metropolitan area. It is located at the mouth of the Estuary of Bilbao, on the left bank. Its land area is only 3.21 km², resulting in a population density of 15,908.4 persons/km², the fifth-most densely populated municipality in Spain (following Mislata, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Benetússer, and Santa Coloma de Gramenet).  In 1300 Portugalete became the main competitor port for Bilbao, but it lost its predominant position in 1511 when the trade privileges were granted to the Port of Bilbao instead of Portugalete. 
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    Husa Gran Hotel Puente Colgante, Portugalete
    The Husa Gran Hotel Puente Colgante occupies a carefully restored 19th-century property sited overlooking the Ibaizabal River, ten kilometres from the centre of Bilbao. The Puente Colgante bridge is 100 metres away and Portugalete station is 500 metres from the hotel. Bilbao Airport is 12 kilometres away, with an approximate driving time of 20 minutes.  Staff at the Husa Gran Hotel Puente Colgante's 24-hour front desk can offer the use of a safe-deposit box, and complimentary newspapers are available in the lobby. Drinks are served in the hotel's informal lounge bar. Other amenities include laundry facilities and onsite parking (surcharge).  The Auntz restaurant serves a range of Basque specialities in a traditional setting with contemporary furnishings. 
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