Category Archives: Basque Country

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Txikifest: Celebrating Txakolí and Basque Pride in the Heart of New York City

  I’m so pleased to welcome Julia Golden to the blog today! Julia was so gracious to cover the Txikifest event in New York City that happened a couple of weekends ago and indulge in a little bit of Basque culture (and wine!) for me. She writes over at Nowhere to Go But Everywhere about […]

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Getaria, Spain: Txakolí, BBQ Fish, and Haute Couture?

A weekend jaunt up the Basque coast led me to Getaria, Spain: a fishing village that has produced quite a few big names considering its small size. The first reason why Getaria came on my travel radar was for one of its most famous residents: Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Basque couturier who started up a fashion house with a now-worldwide […]

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Everything You Need to Know About El Txikiteo

It doesn’t take long after one’s arrival to Basque Country to discover that Basque culture is distinct from Spanish culture. This shouldn’t come as a shock, since historically, Basques and Spanish are different people–but you’ll still find the odd tourist wondering where they could see a flamenco show in Bilbao (not to say it’s not […]

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Day Trip From Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Some sights are so out of the ordinary, you have to see them to believe them. So when I first heard about San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Gahz-telu-gah-che), an islet in the Bay of Biscay with a hermitage on top that’s only accessed by climbing up hundreds of stone steps, I was intrigued. San Juan de […]

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Street Art in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

 The last thing I was expecting to find was street art in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Vitoria’s street art, however, wasn’t in some up-and-coming neighborhood, or found in hidden alleyways, as it always seems to be. It’s out front-and-center, colorful murals splashed around the historic old quarter, making a sharp contrast with the centuries-old buildings surrounding it. It’s […]

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What To Do in Vitoria, Spain: Basque Country’s Capital

I’ve been to both Bilbao and San Sebastián countless times, but  up until recently, I’d never been to Vitoria, the capital of Basque Country. Of Basque Country’s three main cities, Bilbao, San Sebastián and Vitoria, you’ll hear lots of Bilbao’s transformation from an industrialized city to a modern metropolis, and of San Sebastián’s stunning natural beauty and incredible food. What you […]

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