About Us

Travel Basque Country is an online  guide for travelers who are planning a visit to the Basque region in Northern Spain. We've collected everything you need to organize your trip in one spot. Here, you can learn about the history of the region, choose your favorite routes, book unique travel experiences and Meet the Locals.

We truly believe that the best way to learn about a place is to meet the locals. So, we gathered some of the most fun and interesting folks we could find from artists, athletes, cooks, guides, and history buffs and we invited them to share their knowledge with you.

Our tours are ideally suited for small groups of people looking for something unique to do during their visit, from a historic tour of the industrialization and mining history of Vizcaya, to an eco-friendly kickbike tour of the best pintxos bars in Bilbao, to exploring the beautiful valleys of Gipuzkoa and enjoying a meal in an authentic Basque sidreria. Here you can plan, organize and connect with locals to make the most of your trip. Or contact us and let us plan a custom trip for you.

Why Choose Us? Our team of travellers is always on the lookout for more…

We are always on the lookout for new and interesting things to do, so we can offer the best local experiences. Small businesses are the pillars of our community, they include individuals, independent businesses, and trusted tour operators who choose to work with us because they like us! We have travelled to every corner of the Basque Country, we meet with all our local providers and work closely with them to customize experiences for international travellers, we listen to feedback to help improve our site. We also distinguish ourselves by never losing focus on you, our audience. We spend hours doing constant research and localization, building an easy-to-use platform for bookings, creating new experiences, and offering a personalized touch. Our team is composed of travellers, so we're happy to help you plan your trip and offer recommendations.

Travelling is a constant journey, and we hope that your journey through the heart of the Basque culture is one you will never forget.

                                                            Ongi Etorri!

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Meet the Team

Javier Salazar, Founder and Bilbaino

Javier is responsible for bringing everything and everyone together to make Travel Basque Country work. Having spent several years working for the Westin Hotel in San Francisco, he understands the importance of  customer service and the true value of the professionals behind the scenes who make everything possible. He is originally from Bilbao and takes pride in sharing his homeland with others.

email: info@travelbasquecountry.com



Margaret Carpo, Co-Founder and Travel Connaisseur 

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Margaret grew up between between the Philippines and California. She now lives in Bilbao and works as a communications consultant and co-founder of Travel Basque Country. Her uncle Jose Olasolo was a Basque pelotari player in the Philippines who played a decisive role when Margaret was deciding where in Spain to study abroad during her college years. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in International Relations and speaks fluent English and Spanish. When not in the office she is running, hiking or eating her way through Spain reminded constantly of her Filipino roots in every delicious bite. 

email: info@travelbasquecountry.com



Angelina, North America Ambassador

An avid world traveler, Angelina has climbed to the top of Machu Picchu, gone swimming in the Seychelles and traveled all over North America, Asia and Europe. Based in San Francisco, she has visited the Basque Country over half a dozen times and can help to plan you an unforgettable trip. She speaks English, Filipino and a mix of some Portuguese and Spanish. Contact her now to start planning your Basque adventure!

email: USA@digitalcakelab.com



Franchesca, Asia Ambassador

Mother and tri-athlete, "Chesca" has competed in numerous triathalons and marathons all over the world from the Philippines, Hawaii, New York, Sacramento and more. She loves to run, bike, swim and eat. Based in the Philippines she is a meticulous travel planner and can help to plan your group trip from any country in Asia. She speaks English and Filipino. She is a graduate of University of the Philippines with a B.S. Architecture.

email: Asia@digitalcakelab.com