The villages to visit in the Spanish Basque country

Le Pays Basque has so much to offer, but if you haven't had the chance to enjoy the Spanish side of the Pays Basque, you are missing something! Beyond San Sebastian and Bilbao, the Spanish side has several beautiful villages with rich histories. In this article, we will list the best villages that the Spanish Basque Country has to explore and enjoy.

Guernica

Many people around the world have heard of Guernica thanks to Pablo Picasso. The bombing of the city in 1937 inspired one of the artist's most famous works of art, “Guernica”. The city was almost completely destroyed and many civilians died.

Guernica also has political significance, as it is home to the Guernica tree. Under this tree, the Basques obtained autonomy in the Middle Ages.

Guernica is also home to the monday market, which is one of the most important markets in the Basque Country.

Guernica Picasso

 

Onati

Oñati is nicknamed "little Toledo" in reference to its rich architectural heritage.

The historic center of Oñati is rich in historical monuments: palaces, noble houses, large residences, and superb religious buildings.

Oñati turns out to be the largest municipality in the province of Gipuzkoa. It is also the town in which the first university in the Basque Country was founded in 1543.

 

Mundaka

The picturesque little village of Mundaka is located on the Basque Coast in the heart of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. It is home to one of the longest left waves in the world, making it a popular destination for surfers. We recommend that you stop there to spend a day at the beach or to explore the Reserve.

 

pasaia

The city of Pasaia, located on the eastern coast of Gipuzkoa, very close to San Sebastián, is formed by four agglomerations: Donibane and San Pedro, marine neighborhoods that contrast with the more urban neighborhoods, Pasai Antxo and Trintxerpe. These four settlements are located in a rugged and mountainous territory, between the Ulia and Jaizkibel mountains, and on both sides of the Bay of Pasaia, where the most important commercial port of Gipuzkoa is located.

One of the most important aspects of Pasaia is its rich cultural heritage. Most of the interesting monuments are in Pasai Donibane and San Pedro. These two towns, separated by the bay, communicate by boat that crosses the abra or by the road that surrounds it, passing through Lezo.

 

Hondarribia

Hondarribia is a village in the province of Guipuzcoa which is located on the left bank of the Bidasoa estuary which separates France from Spain.

This beautiful fortified village located in a natural environment of great beauty deserves a visit!

 

Bermeo

This charming Biscayan village also offers you the opportunity to discover its abundant cultural heritage. Let's start with the monument of Nestor Basterretxea in honor of Benito Barrueta. If you look at the landscape from the doorway of the monument, you will see that the island of Izaro fits into the groove and creates an incredible sight. From there, get closer to the Fisherman's Museum, located in the Ercilla Tower, and let's visit the Bermeo Casino inspired by French castles.

Finally, you will find the Santa Eufemia church, in Gothic style.

Bermeo hosts spectacular places. We must mention in particular the superb island of Izaro, Cape Matxitxako, and Tala (a magnificent grove located in the highest area of ​​the city).