Must-see attractions in Basque Country

  • Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, Architect Frank Gehry, 1997, Guggenheim Museum Detail Of Curving Titanium Wall. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea.

    Museo Guggenheim Bilbao


    Shimmering titanium Museo Guggenheim Bilbao is one of modern architecture's most iconic buildings. It played a major role in helping to lift Bilbao out of…

  • Bilbao, Spain - February 13, 2022: View of Carola Crane. It is a crane that was once used in shipbuilding at the Astilleros Euskalduna shipyard, now is part of Maritime Museum.



    On the waterfront, this interactive maritime museum brings the watery depths of Bilbao and Basque maritime history to life. Start with a 10-minute video…

  • Streetlamp forest beside the Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Basque Country, Spain

    Museo de Bellas Artes


    The Museo de Bellas Artes houses a compelling collection that includes everything from Gothic sculptures to 20th-century pop art. There are three main…

  • Exterior of the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria, Spain.

    Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa


    Although Getaria is mainly about sun, sand and seafood, don't miss a visit to the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa. Local boy Cristóbal became a giant in the…

  • The Artium Museum in Vitoria Gasteiz, Basque country in Spain.


    Basque Country

    Art lovers shouldn't miss Vitoria’s palace of modern art. The large subterranean galleries are filled with engrossing pieces by artists from the Basque…

  • Landscape of La Concha beach in the city of San Sebastian, in the Spanish Basque Country, on a sunny day with people enjoying the beach and Mount Urgull in the background.

    Playa de la Concha

    San Sebastián

    Fulfilling almost every idea of how a perfect city beach should be formed, Playa de la Concha (and its westerly extension, Playa de Ondarreta) is easily…

  • Inside the Aquarium of San Sebastian.


    Parte Vieja

    Fear for your life as huge sharks bear down behind glass panes, or gaze at otherworldly jellyfish. The highlights of a visit to the city's excellent…

  • Zurriola beach in the Basque city of San Sebastian.

    Playa de la Zurriola


    Stretching 800m in front of Gros, from the Kursaal to Monte Ulía, 'Zurri', as it's known locally, has some excellent waves that draw surfers from near and…

  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

    The Central Basque Coast

    One of the most photographed features of the Basque coast, 10km to Bermeo's northwest, is the small, rocky isle of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Accessed from…

  • Crusoe Treasure

    The Central Basque Coast

    The world's first underwater winery, Crusoe Treasure, ages its vintages 20m below the surface on an artificial reef. Tastings of its whites and reds are…

  • View of the Houses in the old town called Casco Viejo of Bilbao.

    Casco Viejo


    The compact Casco Viejo, Bilbao’s atmospheric old quarter, is full of charming streets, boisterous bars and plenty of quirky and independent shops. At the…

  • Kursal bridge night.



    Designed by Rafael Moneo and opened in 1999, the Kursaal is one of the city's most striking buildings. Consisting of two cubes made of translucent glass…

  • Flysch Cliffs at the beach in Zumaia, Basque Country, Spain.

    Basque Coast Geopark

    The Central Basque Coast

    Running from Zumaia west to Deba and Mutriku, this narrow coastal strip encompasses meadows, forests, caves and, most importantly, 13km of dramatic cliffs…

  • General view of Azkuna Zentroa, Alhondiga building.

    Azkuna Zentroa


    Take a neglected wine storage warehouse, convert it into a leisure and cultural centre, add a shot of Bilbao style and the result is the Azkuna Zentroa …

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    San Telmo Museoa

    Parte Vieja

    One of the best museums in the Basque Country, the San Telmo Museoa has a thought-provoking collection that explores Basque history and culture in all its…

  • Isla de San Nicolás, known in Basque as Garraitz.

    Isla de San Nicolás

    The Central Basque Coast

    One of the great attractions of Lekeitio is the rocky island, known in Basque as Garraitz, sitting just offshore of the main beach (Playa Isuntza). When…

  • Interior of the Bibat Archaeological Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain.


    Basque Country

    Bibat incorporates the Museo de Arqueología, whose 1500-piece archaeological collection covers the province of Álava, from prehistory to the Bronze Age …

  • Peacock in the Cristina Enea park in Donostia San Sebastian.

    Parque de Cristina Enea


    Created by the Duke of Mandas in honour of his wife, the Parque de Cristina Enea is a favourite escape for locals. This formal park, the most attractive…

  • The beach and coastline of Getaria.



    This cobblestone village on the coast has much to recommend it, including excellent seafood restaurants, narrow atmospheric lanes sprinkled with shops and…

  • Euskal Museoa


    One of Spain's best museums devoted to Basque culture takes visitors on a journey from Palaeolithic days to the 21st century, giving an overview of life…

  • Catedral de Santa María

    Basque Country

    At the summit of the old town and dominating its skyline is the Catedral de Santa María. Built between the 13th and 14th centuries in the Gothic style,…

  • Santuario de Arantzazu

    Basque Country

    Situated 10km south of Oñati, the Santuario de Arantzazu is a busy Christian pilgrimage site that's a fabulous conflation of piety and avant-garde art…

  • Valle Salado de Añana

    Basque Country

    For over 7000 years, 'white gold' has been produced at this site, where over 4km of wooden aqueducts transport high-saline spring water from 200-million…

  • Museo de la Paz de Gernika

    Biscay Province

    Gernika’s seminal experience is a visit to the Peace Museum, where audiovisual displays calmly reveal the horror of war, both in the Basque Country and…

  • Tabakalera

    San Sebastián

    Sun-drenched cultural space Tabakalera occupies a beautifully reconfigured tobacco factory dating from 1913. It's a hub for the arts and design, as well…

  • Puente Colgante

    Biscay Province

    Designed by Alberto Palacio, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, the Unesco World Heritage–listed Puente Colgante (also known as the Vizcaya or Bizkaia Bridge)…

  • Peine del Viento

    San Sebastián

    A symbol of the city, the Peine del Viento (Wind Comb) sculpture, which lies at the far western end of the Bahía de la Concha, below Monte Igueldo, is the…

  • Anillo Verde

    Basque Country

    Ringing the city is the Anillo Verde (Green Belt), a series of interconnecting parks, ponds and marshes linked to one another by 31km of cycling paths,…

  • Albaola Foundation

    Eastern Basque Country

    This terrific museum charts the history of Pasaia's whaling industry. At the centre of the story is the San Juan, a galleon that sunk off the coast of…

  • Casco Histórico


    Hondarribia's walled historic centre, much of which dates to the 15th and 16th centuries, is an atmospheric grid of graceful plazas, cobbled lanes, and…

  • Iglesia de San Salvador


    With its unusual shape, sloping wooden floors, and nautical atmosphere, Getaria's striking 1397-built Gothic church is well worth a stop. Features worth…

  • Monte Igueldo Tower and amusement park on the Monte Igueldo mountain.
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    Monte Igueldo

    San Sebastián

    The views from the summit of Monte Igueldo (181m), just west of town, will make you feel like a circling hawk staring down over the vast panorama of the…

  • Maria Cristina Hotel in San Sebastian.

    Hotel Maria Cristina

    San Sebastián

    A wonderful example of belle époque architecture, the Hotel Maria Cristina was designed by Charles Mewes, the architect responsible for the Ritz hotels in…

  • Bilbao, Spain - May 1, 2023: Club trophies at the exposition in the museum at San Mames arena - the home ground of FC Athletic.

    Museo Athletic Club


    A must for all AC Bilbao fans, this high-tech museum delves into the club's legendary past, with gear and trophies dating back to 1905. Interactive…

  • Elevated view of Playa de Ondarreta beach from Monte Igueldo, San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa Province, Basque Country Region, Spain

    Playa de Ondarreta

    San Sebastián

    Playa de Ondarreta, the western extension of the renowned Playa de la Concha, has a less glam, more genteel atmosphere. It's long been popular with the…

  • The sun sets behind the Monte Urgull of San Sebastian, Basque Country, Guipuzcoa. Spain. View from Zurriola Avenue.

    Monte Urgull

    Parte Vieja

    You can walk to the summit of Monte Urgull (123m), topped by the low castle walls of the Castillo de la Mota and a grand statue of Christ, by taking a…

  • Bilbao from above

    Funicular de Artxanda


    Bilbao is a city hemmed in by hills and mountains, resting in a tight valley. For a breathtaking view over the city and the wild Basque mountains beyond,…

  • Arkeologi Museo


    This two-storey museum takes you deep into the past, beginning with 430,000-year-old fossils found in the Sierra de Atapuerca. On the 2nd floor, along the…

  • Paseo de las Grandes Villas

    Biscay Province

    The Paseo is the unofficial name given to Getxo's seafront – made up of Muelle de Las Arenas Areeta and Calle Marques de Arriluce e Ibarra. The 'Villas'…

  • Museo de Armería

    Basque Country

    On a peaceful, tree-lined boulevard, this low-lit armaments museum showcases weapons used over the centuries, from Bronze Age spearheads to 19th-century…

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