Private 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 Basque Coast & Countryside luxury 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!.
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