Basque Coast & Countryside tours
Tours by Basque Coast & Countryside
Ongi etorri is the Basque phrase we use to welcome people. Our language, the Basque or “euskara” has uncertain origin but it is clear that it is one of the oldest European languages. Our sports and the traditional occupations (fishermen, whale fishermen and shepherds) and the hospitable Basque personality has drawn travelers to our people. Discover them with our tours!
Basque culture is born of our land, our sea, our mountains and our valleys. So visiting our coastal villages, fields or mountains is a wonderful way to understand and enjoy our history and exotic life. We have more than 8 Nature Parks and 2 UNESCO Reserves: Urdaibai and Geoparkea. This latter serves as a geology textbook of the history of the world, showing shocking moments such as the disappearance of the dinosaurs.
Are you surprised to learn that Loyola is in the Basque Country? The founder of the Jesuits was from that neighborhood in Azpeitia. Another famous citizen was fashion designer Balenciaga. And our countryman Elcano was the first to sail the world. He and Balenciaga were from the small fishermen town called Getaria. Victor Hugo lived in Pasaia a town close to San Sebastian which was also the birth place of the fashion designer Paco Rabanne. Other things will be even more amazing like seeing working the oldest hanging bridge in the world in Getxo. Or to learn that Guernica is not only a painting by Picasso but a town which is a symbol of Basque identity and Biscay old law.
We have “Olentxero” instead of Father Christmas and we play unique instruments like “txalaparta“. Rowing competitions of “traineras” are incredibly popular and lifting stones is a sport for us. Here we have the origin of “Jai Alai”, the sport with the fastest ball in the world, a sport that we can play it with our hand, with a wooden racket or the famous xistera. We love good food, good drinking and good living. Tours of the coast or countryside of the Basque Country can be done from Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Guernica, Biarritz, … In our private tours we enjoy all these things and much more. So come and discover them with me.
Gero arte! –See you soon!.
Included in the Tour:
· Tailored tours of the coast and the contryside of the Spanish Basque Country. Transportation and walking tour organized according to the places and options of your interests.
· Exclusively private and luxury service. Nobody will join your tour and you will be the main coordinator all times.
· Time and place of beginning of free election.
· Route free of barriers for the elderly, children, or with walking difficulties; and at the pace of the client.
· Professionalism, knowledge and good humor.
Not included in the tour:
· Entrances to museums, shows, or any unforeseen event.
· Lunch, dinner, pintxos, tapas or any food or drink.
· Public transit or taxis.
· Extra time.
· Any other element not agreed in the hiring stage.
From the moment we met at the airport until he left us right there, we found a friend in Aitor who, it seems, we had known for years. Friendly, fun, highly educated, concerned with details and absolutely professional. He knows both history and art, wines and gastronomy. He showed us incredible landscapes and great attractions of the Basque Country. 100% recommended.
Review by Gonzalo A.,
I had always dreamed of visiting the Basque Country since I was a young girl but was unsure how to make this dream come true. Luckily, I was able to find Aitor Delgado, who helped me finally live out my dream as my special birthday present to myself. (...) I now feel like I have a friend in the family of my homeland and that I finally feel connected to my Basque ancestors.
Review by Jennifer H.,
we did a driving tour of the Basque region close to Bilbao. This was a mix of visiting Guernica, a bird sanctuary, coastal areas, and cities/locations mentioned in our own coat of arms. It was a very pleasant and informative day that was completely different than our first day in Bilbao. (...) I would book with Aitor again in a heartbeat.
Review by Richard A.,
Without much guidance other than our group's affinity for wine and food. Aitor was able to give us not only that but also sprinkled in history as well as the absolute best experiences in Hondarribia and San Sebastian. None of us wanted the day to end and we were sad to leave our newfound friend for our ship that evening. Thanks for the everlasting memories Aitor!
Review by Alan R.,
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