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The Basque Country is also known as Euskadi in Basque, Pais Vasco in Spanish or Pays Basque in French. This is an extremely valuable region that includes the historical territories of Alava, Biscay and Gipuzkoa, being one of the autonomous communities in the northern side of Spain since 1978. The Basque Country is filled with green strips of land and stunning landscapes that have brought the appreciation of the tourists all over the world. The Pyrenees Mountains are the ones that separate Spain from France, but the similarities between the two territories cannot be ignored.
This region prides itself with a well-developed tourism, a rich culture, an excellent cuisine and many natural beauties. The Basque Country has a long history that began in the Palaeolithic, which is why the tourists can admire a great number of monuments, ruins and museums today. Many tribes used to live on this territory, such as the Vascones, the Varduli, The Tarbelli, the Berones, The Autrigones, The Sibulates and many more. These ancient tribes stand at the basis of today’s culture and history, which so many travellers have the opportunity to enjoy.
The major cities that represent distinguished destinations are Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, San Sebastian – Donostia, Barakaldo, Getxo, Irun, Portugalete, Santurtzi, Basauri and Errenteria. This region has no official capital, but the most popular cities are San Sebastian – Donostia and Bilbao.
Each city in the Basque Country has a lot to offer, this being a destination that can be reached all year round. There are many museums, monuments, festivals and events that are worth visiting, but also leisure activities, routes and an incredible nature. The Spanish and international art and culture are present everywhere. The International Jazz Festivals, the Opera Season of the A.B.A.O, the International Theatre Festivals and many more events are welcoming tourists from all age categories to enjoy a frenetic atmosphere. When it comes to museums, Guggenheim from Bilbao, Secred Art Vittoria from Vitoria, Kutxaespacio from San Sebastian or Santa Maria la Real from Zarautz, are only a few of the most important homes for the Basque historical heritage.
The active tourism is very popular in this region, offering the travellers the possibility of attending the diving school, to go on boat trips, to enjoy the horse-riding tours, to attend the surfing school, play tennis, golf, hang gliding and many more activities that are suitable for groups and families but also for couples. The natural environment is simply astonishing here.
There are many touristic objectives that are incredibly beautiful and that offer the travellers strange emotions. Urkiola Natural Park is one of them, as well as Gorbeia Natural Park, Itxina Biotope, Valdejero Natural Park, Aia Natural Park and many others that conserve the pure oxygen and the valuable fauna and flora of the area. Those who enjoy to have perfectly organized trips can spend a pleasant time during the Cultural Triangle, which is a triangular-shaped route that includes important attractions, such as the Romanization Museum, Artium Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Balenciaga and many more. Also, the Wine Route and the Basque Coast route are extremely popular and hide fascinating treasures.
There are plenty of activities for everyone who decides that they want to spend a while on these exhilarating lands. The Basque Country welcomes everyone to explore as much as possible of this territory and to enjoy the ancestral beauty.
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