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Hotel and restaurant in a park. Just a few minutes’ walk from the beach and the city centre, this 19th century Napoleon III-style mansion in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a charming harbour city, in the heart of the Basque Country, offers an intimate setting sheltered by century-old trees. Close to both ocean and mountains, there is an abundance of activities, including swimming in the pool in the middle of the park. Inside the Hotel Parc Victoria an Art deco interior décor and furniture. At the restaurant a convivial, generous and regional cuisine, inspired by the markets of the Basque Country, can be enjoyed, including hake from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, squids, peppers or Espelette pepper. ... Learn moreless
The narrow road which winds between Espelette and La Rhune is the Basque Country in miniature. You will find typical villages (Espelette, with dried red peppers hanging on the fronts of houses, and Sare, with the Ortillopitz house), unspoilt countryside and the Pinodiéta and Saint-Ignace mountain passes. One could take at least three days to cover these 27 kilometres…
There are at least two reasons to make a stop in Cambo-les-Bains: it is the site of L’Arnaga, the splendid house built by Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac (Depardieu gave the César award he won for his role in the film of the same name to the museum) and it is also the birthplace of the greatest ever pelota player, Chiquito de Cambo. This legend travelled across the world, amassing titles and honours.
Since 1924, the traditional little rack and pinion train carries Basque families and tourists to the top of the Rhune, at 905m altitude. The superb landscapes drift slowly past until we see a view over the ocean and the Pyrenees. Before coming back down on foot, between the Pottoks, these vigorous Basque ponies, and the Manech, the sheep with black heads which are typical of the region...
Currently being extended, the Anoeta stadium is one of the beating hearts of the town. It is here that the Real Sociedad supporters meet at the weekend. A must-see is the derby against Athletic Bilbao. A real popular Basque festival, full of colours. The stadium has also welcomed some of the biggest Biarritz Olympique matches with Serge Blanco in the Top 14 tournament or the European Cup.
Restaurant and hotel in the country. “Successful creations start with the best products. Each dish must be approached with the daring of a young chef, the experience of a mature man and the wisdom of an elder.” The personality of Chef Pedro Subijana, always striving to do better and his constant quest for innovation have made him an ambassador for new Basque cuisine. He adds a "personal touch" to traditional recipes: hake and its "kokotxa", oyster leaf and "mussel beans". Enjoy the impressive panoramic views of the Cantabrian sea from Mount Igeldo while dining at this restaurant located just five minutes from the centre of Saint Sebastián. (In order to guarantee the tranquility of all our guests, we inform you that Akelarre does not recommend booking a stay with children under 14 years old. The Spa is available from 18 years old.) ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. At the family restaurant Arzak winds of innovation are blowing. Juan Mari was one of the founders of new Basque cuisine in 1977: creativity and techno-cuisine as a revolutionary way of inviting the region to take pride of place on the plate. His daughter Elena accompanies him on this gourmet adventure, adding her sensitivity and rigour to the untameable spirit and creativity of Juan Mari. Their duo produces marvels culminating in dishes featuring local hake, line-caught calamari or beef from the region, as well as a delicious array of aromas from across the world, including tamarind, hibiscus, rhubarb, mango skin, coconut, roasted chocolate and liquorice powder. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in the country. “Good cuisine, which is written in capitals, is not the property of any one person. It belongs to all those who have worked behind the stoves since the dawn of time.” So says Chef Martín Berasategui who has turned this restaurant in the Basque country, close to one of the pilgrimage routes of Compostela, into a culinary temple. Sautéed black garlic and beetroot ceviche feature amongst his most adventurous inventions. Another legendary dish is red mullet with edible crystallised scales, bean sprouts and cuttlefish. The seductive atmosphere is in perfect harmony with the exquisite cuisine, excellent wines and exceptional service. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in the country. The capacity to excite and his emblematic creativity places Andoni Luis Aduriz among the elite of the culinary Avant-gard. At Mugaritz, 20 minutes from San Sebastian surrounded by idyllic countryside, he explores the perfect balance of innovation and respect roots and origin. The sublimation of the senses results in a unique experience: potatoes are become pebbles, “bitter ideas of velvet” describes strips of camembert fermented in an apple concentrate, a spoonful of caviar is won by playing jacks, lamb is served with its coat, the chocolate fondant creates soap bubbles, etc. Simultaneously disconcerting and stimulating, his cuisine goes from surprise to surprise and nourishes the spirit. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a park. The marble whiteness of the Castillo de Arteaga, with its 13th century Gothic tower, rises dramatically out of the Basque Country’s Ria Urdaibai reserve with its narrow lush green valleys opening up into wide estuaries. Napoleon III and Eugenia de Montijo had it rebuilt when their son was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Biscay. Out of this castle, Garbiñe Azkuenaga has created a stunning hotel, masterfully combining period furniture with contemporary design. Spend your days exploring the surrounding area: cliffs, rivers, marshland and meadows. In the evening, enjoy a superb dinner in the castle's restaurant or a wine tasting in the well-stocked cellar. ... Learn moreless
This museum is a real work of art, for its exterior as much as for its contents. The curves of the building, designed by the architect Frank O. Gehry, are a good reflection of Bilbao’s transformation. It used to be a very polluted city, but today it is a very pleasant place to visit. Since 2007, this museum of modern and contemporary art has housed superb pieces by Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Richard Serra. A place to return to again and again.