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basque country

basque country spain

The Basque Country is an autonomous community in northern Spain with celebrated cuisine, strong cultural traditions and a distinct language that pre-dates the Romance languages.

The vibrant riverside city of Bilbao is a hub of architecture and design, where gritty factories and shipyards give way to cutting-edge landmarks such as the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum along a revitalized waterfront.  San Sebastian (pictured above) is about an hour's drive east of Bilbao on the coast and is a foodie heaven. 

The north coast has a string of gorgeous beaches, excellent surfing and endless incredible hiking / walking opportunities.

It's an easy 2 hour flight from London to Bilbao, making this a great destination for a long weekend or a longer holiday.

For Bilbao, we recommend:

  • Miro Hotel - stylish contemporary hotel opposite The Guggenheim

For San Sebastian, we recommend:

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Weather & Seasons

August is the hottest month in Bilbao with an average temperature of 21°C (69°F) and the coldest is January at 10°C (49°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in July. The wettest month is April with an average of 120mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 21°C (70°F).

Getting here

2 hours flight from London to Bilbao.

astoria7 hotel

astoria7 hotel


basque country, spain    room per night from £60

The cinema-themed Astoria7 is a motion picture of a boutique hotel in San Sebastián, where every room is dedicated to a movie legend. Great value friendly hotel that's just 15 minutes from the beach and the Old Quarter.

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miro hotel

miro hotel


basque country, spain    room per night from £80

Located in the heart of the 'art district' with views over the river and the Guggenheim museum, Miro Hotel is an excellent 4* hotel in Bilbao.

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villa soro

villa soro


basque country, spain    room per night from £105

Villa Soro is located on an attractive tree-lined avenue and is within short walking distance of Zurriola Beach.

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hotel iturregi

hotel iturregi


basque country, spain    room per night from £135

Located among txakoli vineyards, with large windows and terraces offering spectacular views of Getaria lighthouse and the whole Basque coast, Iturregi is a simply gorgeous 8 bedroom boutique hideaway.

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hotel maria christina

hotel maria christina


basque country, spain    4 nights from £1,195

Located in San Sebastians historic city centre, Hotel Maria Cristina is surrounded by gardens and promenades just a short walk from the main beach and the historic Old Quarter.

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