Basque Country


Getting There

I took the P&O Ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao, the gateway to Spainís beautiful Basque Country. The crossing took two nights and was very comfortable. Once in Bilbao you can travel South East to the regions capital Vitoria, visit the Pyreness Mountains, see beautiful beaches or go to many of the cities steeped in Northern Spanish culture.


The type of places to stay in depends on the part of the region you are in. I found Bilbao, Vitoria, San SebastiŠn and the other major Basque Country cities to be full of both cheap places to stay and luxurious pricier hotels. If you are staying in a more remote area, you may need to spend some time locating a place to stay that suites your needs, but it should not be too much of a worry. During the journey by sea with P&O Ferries I stayed in a cabin on board which was included in the price of the ticket.

Food and drink

The Basque Country is well known for its culinary delights, and one style of dish that really stands out is pinchos. Much like tapas, these are little potions of foods including cured meats, cheeses and vegetables. I found these tasty mini-meals in cafes, bars and pubs and were normally made with locally sourced ingredients. There is an abundance of fine Basque cuisine such as fresh fish and meaty steak, and donít forget that aboard the P&O Ferry on the way to Bilbao there is plenty of international dishes available.

Sights and Activities in Basque Country

Once I left the P&O Ferry at the port in Bilbao I did a tour of the main cities and visited many popular tourist attractions including Bilbaoís Guggenheim and Basque museums, Zarautzís Church of Santa Maria, San SebastiŠnís Aquarium and Miramar Palace, and Vitoriaís Plaza de Espana and Fine Arts Museum. Thatís only a few of the things that the cities offer, but to get a real feel of what the Basque Country offers you should try to head out from the cities to see the villages and the mountains.