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Cheap flights to Basque Country

An autonomous community in northern Spain, the region of Basque Country, or the Basque Autonomous Community, comprises of the provinces of Alava, Biscay, and Gipuzkoa, collectively called the Historical Territories. The region has no official capital, but its de facto capital is Vitoria-Gasteiz, where the Basque Parliament, the headquarters of the Basque Government, and the Prime Minister’s residency are located. Vitoria is Basque Country’s largest city, while the largest municipality is Bilbao. Basque Country is bordered by Cantabria and the Burgos provinces to the west, the Bay of Biscay to the north, France and Navarre to the east, and La Rioja to the south.

 

What to see & do

As one of the world’s top gastronomic destinations, tourists should not miss Basque Country’s gourmet centres in San Sebastian, Hondarribia, and Bilbao. San Sebastian is home to the world’s second largest concentration of Michelin stars per square metre. The most outstanding of Basque cuisine is the Pintxos (tapas), complemented by the semi-sparkling white wine from Biscay, Alava, and Getaria. 

The most cosmopolitan city in the region, Bilbao features fascinating avant-garde architectures including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Isozaki Atea Towers, Bilbao Airport, and the neoclassical Arriaga Theatre. Other attractions in Bilbao also include the Old Town or Seven Streets, home to Plaza Nueva, Santiago Cathedral, and the Ribera Market. Bilbao’s main shopping street is the Gran Via. 

The European Green Capital 2012, Vitoria-Gasteiz has one of the highest green space indexes per capital in Europe. The major attraction in the city is the almond-shaped Old Town, which dates back to the Middle Ages and features narrow streets and small Renaissance palaces, Roman buildings, cultural spaces, and pubs. The main shopping district of Vitoria-Gasteiz is the Ensanche where the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca is located. The city also has urban gardens, including the Green Ring and the seven parks within it. 

With two types of landscape: the green, humid, and mountainous coastline in Biscay, Gipuzkoa, and the Alavese Mountain, and the vast and dry southern plains of Alava, Basque Country offers many active tourism opportunities, as well as all types of adventure sport businesses that include surfing, mountain biking, hiking, and even bird watching. 

 

How to get around within Basque Country

Signposted and marked footpaths are all over the region, making it possible to cross Basque Country in all directions. The region also have 130 kilometres of Greenways, as well as nine roads that were recovered from old railway lines that cyclers can use. Basque Country also has an extensive bus and train network. Eusko Trenbide Sarea operates the railway infrastructure in the region; while EuskoTren narrow gauge rail company operates the commuter services in Bilbao and San Sebastian, intercity Bilbao-San Sebastian service, as well as EuskoTran tram services in Bilbao and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The Greater Bilbao area is served by two metro lines operated by Metro Bilbao. Bilbao, San Sebastian, and the French border is linked by the AP-8 motorway; while San Sebastian, Gasteiz, and central Spain is linked by the A-1 motorway. Bilbao is linked to the Mediterranean via the AP-68 motorway.

 

How to get there

Basque Country is served by three airports (San Sebastian, Vitoria, and Bilbao), the largest and the most important of which is Bilbao Airport, located nine kilometres or 5.6 miles north of Bilbao. A second most important base for Vueling with the second highest number of destinations offered, the airport is also served by airlines such as Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France, Air Nostrum, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Germanwings, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, and Volotea, connecting Basque Country to destinations in Europe.

Flights to Basque Country

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