Welcome to Gernika
A name synonymous with the brutality of the Spanish Civil War, Gernika (Guernica in Spanish), suffered a devastating bombing raid that levelled the city in 1937. That harrowing April day left a deep mark on the city's identity. Following the war, Gernika was quickly reconstructed, and although it lost its historic buildings, the narrow lanes of the centre are today brimming with life. You'll find some excellent museums that deal with the bombing as well as the indestructibility of Basque culture through the ages. This is also a great unsung destination for pintxos, and well worth a day's exploring.