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Warheel
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Basque Country..experiences?
Considering a trip to the Basque area of Spain and France.

Anyone been? Experiences? We are foodies and like to take it easy..not into museums or crazy night life.


bamaphan13
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
Travel to the Spanish Basque Country 2-3 times per year for work.

When are you planning to go? The weather can be rather dreary at times. I would spend most of the time in San Sebastian and hope for sunny days. Bilbao is good for a day or two and I really liked Pamplona. You could also spend a few days in the Rioja if you like wine and Burgos (not Basque) is a neat city with a beautiful cathedral. My experience is really with short one to two day trips tacked on to business.

If I had a large amount of time I would start in San Sebastian and drive to Galicia. Beautiful coastal views with mountains along the way. The food is excellent everywhere. From the pintxos (tapas) bars and kebab stands to fine dining.
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Warheel
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
Thanks for the comments. I have heard the weather can be iffy there, we haven't decided on a time to go but we will take that into consideration.



wahootiger
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Did a trip with the S/o and two other couples about a year and a half ago to Basque Country with a quick jaunt up to Bordeaux. If you are a foodie It's the place to be and the pintxo culture is an awesome way to eat, drink, and see a city. Its pretty awesome and economical.

We essentially did a big loop from Bilbao, Logrono (la Rioja), Bordeaux, San Sebastián, and back to Bilbao with a few side trips in between.

Let me know if you've got any other specific questions.


bigwheel
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
food is great, wine is excellent


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Warheel
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
How did you get around? Train or car?

Did you have a home base or stay in different places?


wahootiger
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
Warheel,

Sorry, just seeing this post. We rented a car to get between cities and just parked it when we got to a location and used public transport/walked to get around the cities. I would recommend going the car route, as it allows you to see some cool towns and out of the way places.

Our trip lasted about 12 days, and I think we crammed in a little too much (isn't that how it always is), due to each couple wanting to spend some time in a different place. If I had to do it over again I would have eliminated Bordeaux from our itinerary. This is no knock on Bordeaux, as the city was really cool and the wine is obviously world famous, but I just think it was a bit much.

My favorite part of the trip was visiting bodegas in La Rioja, a wine region in north-central Spain. While not "technically" part of Basque country, the capital of the region, Logrono, is only about 1.5 hours away from Bilbao. We stayed in Logrono, and I thought the town had a really cool vibe. Smaller and less touristy.

Also, just to provide some context, I'm not a huge wine snob. I like wine fine, but I'm not a sommelier or anything remotely close. You can get some great wine for really reasonable prices in Spain, especially in Basque Country with its proximity to La Rioja.

The trip was awesome and I could go on and on, so let me know if you have any other questions.


TFTC
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
We were in San Sebastian this past August for 5 days... I loved it.. the food was incredible..


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Warheel
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
Wahootiger- thanks for the reply. Sounds like a place we would definitely enjoy. It's going to come down to if the weather will be ok during the time we can go.


wahootiger
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re: Basque Country..experiences?
When are you planning on going. We went in late May, which is before the weather traditionally gets real nice. It was forecast for rain every day but we got really lucky and only had one bad day, and had plenty of sunshine.

The positive about going then is that it's shoulder season so nothing was slammed. I read that San Sebastián is crazy crowded in July and August.


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