Basque History and Culture


San Sebastián Foodi Weeken

Learn How to Make Pintxos with a Local Chef in in San Sebastian. This popular weekend can be complimented with a visit to another Spanish city. Barcelona and Madrid are popular destinations. Inquire about additional nights in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Barcelona or Madrid

St. Ignatius of Loyola Tour

If you want to learn more about the work, life and miracles of Don Iñigo de Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, this guided tour will take you to one of the leading pilgrimage destinations in the Basque Country

Pintxo cooking class in San Sebastián

The opportunity to don an apron should not be missed during a visit to San Sebastian. Talking about San Sebastian means talking about Basque cooking, pintxos and txokos, traditional kitchens where groups of friends gather to cook and share good food

Spiritual journey in the Basque Country and France

Visit three special religious sanctuaries located near the borders of Spain and France. The birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the modern sanctuary of Aranzazu and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Seafood Lover’s: Authentic Fish Auction and Port Tour

Ever wonder how that anchovy got to your pizza? The canning industry of Northern Spain produces some of the finest seafood including anchovies, canned sardines & bonito del norte. Visit the historic town of Ondarroa and learn how the local canning industry works, from witnessing a fish auction to learning how fish is processed

Learn to slice Iberico Ham

In this mouth-watering experience, ham lovers will learn all the secrets of jamón, from the green pastures in southern Spain where pigs are reared to the table where ham is served

San Sebastián Guided Tour & Pintxos

If you want to find out more about San Sebastian, we have the perfect guided tour for your holiday, regardless of whether you travel solo, as part of a group or with the family

Basque Culinary Experience: Pintxo Cooking Class in Bilbao

Learn how to make your own Basque Pintxos with an award winning local chef in a private culinary classroom in Bilbao. During the class you will learn professional tips on how to make exquisite gastronomy in miniature

Local Market & Basque Txoko Lunch

The Mercado de la Ribera is the largest covered market in Western Europe. Take a tour of the market and head to an authentic Basque txoko afterwards and learn how to prepare local dishes

The History of Cider in the Basque Country

Learn about the history of Cider in the Basque Country, called "Sidra" by the locals, from the farm to the table, enjoy a guided visit of a traditional farmhouse, followed by a meal in an authentic sidreria

Cook Like a Local: Basque Culinary Contest

Be a part of the festive atmosphere, tradition, culture and cuisine in one of the many local cooking contests. This hands-on Cook Like a Local experience puts you shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the regions most passionate amateur cooks. Are you up for the throw down?

Boutique Wine Shop Tasting

Enjoy a selection of locally made wines from the Basque Country in the heart of Bilbao's historic old town

The Caserío and Basque Rural Life

Have you ever wondered how Basque people in the country go about their daily life? What’s behind the stone walls guarding their traditional farms, known as caseríos?

Battle of Vitoria Bike Tour

Go back 200 years to the Battle of Vitoria, an epic battle where British, Spanish and Portuguese troops battled against the French during the Peninsula Wars. The Battle of Vitoria marked a significant turn in the war against Napoleon’s army

The Txikito Glass, a Turn of the Century Tradition

The “Txikito” is a traditional short glass of red wine that was popular in the Basque Country at the beginning of the century. Pronounced, “chi-kee-toe” it is a nostalgic part of local culture and bar lore

The Historic Miruaitz Fronton

Learn about the history of fronton in the Basque Country, watch an exhibition game and try it yourself in the legendary court used by the French national team to train for the World Championships

Hemingway Walking Tour with Local Writer Edorta Jiménez

Take a walking tour of Mundaka along the banks of the Urdaibai estuary and learn about its literary past, Edorta Jiménez is an expert in the history, works and relationship of Hemingway with the Basque Country

Craft Beer Tasting in the Casco Viejo

Enjoy a selection of locally produced hard to find craft beers from the Basque Country. Learn about the artisanal processes, local ingredients and microbreweries that are steadily growing in popularity

Cider House Rules: Basque Sidreria Culture

Apples have been cultivated in the Basque Country for hundreds of years. Apple farming is an art passed down from generation to generation from selecting seeds, planting, growing and care family owned orchards ensured the supply of local cider. Step into the valley of Astigarraga and learn how sidra or cider is made from the orchard to your glass

Meet a local etching artist in Bilbao

Meet local artist Maite and visit her gallery workshop to learn about the traditional method of etching or creating metal prints. There are only five workshops in Spain that are specialized in etchings making this a unique and personal experience for art lovers

Best of the Basque Country Hike & Lunch

Spend a day exploring the local forests and majestic natural parks of the Basque Country followed by an epic meal in a traditional restaurant or caserio where you will enjoy local specialties

One Fine Day: Getaria & Balenciaga

Getaria is a quaint coastal town located in the province of Gipuzkoa famous for its seafood, white wine and as the birthplace of world reknown fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Spend a gorgeous day on the coast enjoying the best Getaria has to offer. This guided trip includes rich history, a museum tour, a wine tasting session and a delicious meal by the coast with a knowledgable guide

The Iron Route

The history of the Basque Country has been forged in iron. This tour is a fascinating journey into the secrets of this metal, its origins and the way it it transformed and shaped

Santiagomendi Guided Hike

Take a guided hike through the hillsides of Gipuzkoa and learn about the history of the region and its ties to cider production

Mutriku Whaling History Walking Tour & Txoko Lunch

Take a fascinating journey into the history of Mutriku from the middle ages to present day. Learn about local folklore, the whaling industry and enjoy lunch in an authentic Basque txoko

Vitoria Medieval City Tour

Take a step back in time and visit the medieval town of Vitoria, the guided visit includes a tour of Santa Maria Cathedral where you will have the unique opportunity to visit on-going restoration work and learn how a gothic cathedral is built.

Underground Caves & Hidden Valley Walking Tour

Discover the west end of Bizkaia on the border of Cantabria, the region known as Encartaciones to visit the areas natural parks, forests, caves and rivers. Including one of the largest underground caves in Europe. The visit includes a stop in the historic mining town of Balmaseda and a hearty Basque alubiada, traditional coal miner lunch.

Mountain Ranges, Folklore and Shepard Life Walking Tour

Away from the crowds enjoy peace and tranquility on a walk through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Basque Country. Accompanied by expert guides take an unparalleled trek into the Urkiola National Park, this is the heart of Bizkaia where traditional caserios, shepards and mountain living are an integral part of life

Jazz & Wine in the Heart of Bilbao

Book an exclusive Jazz & Wine jam session at the private studio of a leading jazz pianist and composer from Manhattan. Enjoy premium local wines and authentic jazz combined with Basque folklore and flamenco.

Hangout with Indie Video Game Developers in Bilbao

Bilbao has a fast growing community of independent video game developers, from casual games to serious games – the modern city has an up and coming independent video game community. RELEVO Video games can take you inside the world of local game developers and invite you over to their studio pad for a retro video game challenge

Learn How to Make a Traditional Basque Meal in an Authentic Txoko

Visit the famous La Bretxa market in the heart of San Sebastian, a chef will give you a tour of the stalls and select the freshest ingredients, you will then head to an authentic Basque txoko and learn how to cook classic Basque dishes

Learn How to Play Cesta Punta

Test your skills at the fast-paced game of Cesta Punta, also known as Jai Alai. Learn from professional players and enjoy a game with friends or family, followed by a delicious paella lunch.

A Taste of the Basque Country

In a region famous for its food and gastronomy, learn about the history, traditions and flavors of Basque cuisine. Let us arrange a private tasting of some of the regions best products for you and your family in San Sebastian.

Learn How to Cook a Traditional Basque Meal in Vitoria

Like to cook? Join a professional chef and learn how to create traditional Basque dishes in an authentic txoko. Good for groups visiting Vitoria.

Gastronomy - Salt of the Earth Tour

The first traces of settlement in the Salt Valley of Añana trace back to 5,000 years ago. Join us on a half-day tour to this historic spot that is the source of one of the ancient world’s most highly valued commodities. To compliment the tour you will also visit Valdegobia home of Spain’s best potatoes

Basque Mythology: Basajaun Storytelling Experience

From spirits dwelling in the mountains to mythological creatures, enter the storytellers world and learn about a time before modern humans existed. Take a walk through the forest and listen to fascinating tales from Basque mythology.

Txakoli Wine and the Basque Coastline

Visit the vineyards and the picturesque coastal city of Hondarribia, learn how txakoli is made and get a tour of a local bodega.

Urdaibai Estuary Boat Tour

Enjoy sightseeing along the waters of the Urdaibai Estuary and Natural Biosphere Reserve to witness one of the most spectacular coastal areas in Bizkaia

Mutriku Historical Walking Tour

Step back in time and learn about the history of this charming seaside village on the coast of Gipuzkoa. The walking tour will give you an inside look into the fascinating history of the town, its close ties with the sea and famous residents

Hunting for Wild Mushrooms: Ir de Setas

Local gourmands know there is nothing more delicious than the delicate earthy flavors of freshly picked wild mushrooms. Join a seasoned guide on a morning hike in search of this local delicacy and enjoy lunch in a traditional setting

Ondarroa Walking Tour

Take a stroll through the coastal town of Ondarroa with a local guide to learn about the towns long history and links to the sea

Gastro Passport: Sidra & Cheese

As a kid one of our favorite family snacks was freshly cut sweet apples and a creamy slice of cheese. This apples and cheese experience is the epitome of this wonderful combination, showcasing local farm to table products and a hearty traditional meal

Txakoli Vineyard & Winemaker Tour

Learn about local viticulture and visit a family owned txakoli winery for an in depth tour about the production of the Basque Country’s prized white wine

Basque Country Cliffs & Waterfall Walking Tour

Visit some of the most spectacular views in Spain. Over 300 meters high and surrounded by forest, this is the birthplace of the Nervión river in the picturesque Cordillera Cantábrica mountain range.

The Route of the Three Temples

For people in touch with their spiritual side as well as history and architecture lovers, we have just the perfect day trip to enjoy during their holidays. Visit the Basque Country and join the Route of the Three Temples

Harnessing the power of the sea world’s first operational breakwater wave energy plant

In the town of Mutriku is Europe’s first breakwater wave energy plant that harnesses the ferocious force of the oceans tidal and wave power to deliver clean, renewable energy. The plant opened in 2011 and can generate an output of about 300kW