Travel Basque Country Invites Visitors to Meet the Locals

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TravelBasqueCountry.com is an online guide for planning travel to the Basque Country in Northern Spain. Discover a unique selection of authentic experiences rich in food, culture and tradition.

We wanted to create a way for people to discover, explore, and learn about the unique history of the region in a way that truly captured the essence of local culture. From a slow food cooking experience in an authentic Basque txoko, to a Hemingway walk.

Travel Basque Country today launched a new travel planning website that connects world travelers with authentic local experiences throughout the Basque region. The easy-to-use site offers visitors a chance to learn about the area's history, culture, gastronomy, geography and architecture before helping to connect them with local guides. Visitors can select from the capital cities of Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria, to charming rural towns and coastal fishing villages.    

“We wanted to create a simpler way for people to discover, explore, and learn about the unique history of the region in a way that truly captured the essence of local culture. From a slow food cooking experience in an authentic Basque txoko, to a Hemingway inspired walking tour, we curate experiences that appeal to travelers who want something different,” said Javier Salazar, founder of Travel Basque Country. “We tell our providers there are no limits and encourage them to come to us with unique proposals, from the ultimate gastronomy tour to indulging in hobbies like video games, triathlon or cooking. We haven’t even scratched the surface of everything that is possible.”

The website caters to individuals and groups seeking unique cultural experiences, offering everything from active tourism and architecture, to highly personalized tours. Visitors can select from themes such as gastronomy, history, culture, ecotourism & sports, by city, or from 16 handpicked routes. They can also explore numerous museums and regional festivals. The website has been launched with an initial 25 experiences and the company has plans to roll out dozens of new experiences in the coming months.

Sample activities include:

  • Learning how to cook a traditional dish in a Basque txoko (for groups)
  • A kayak tour on the river to the fairytale castle of Butron
  • Tours of the pre-historic salt flats in Alava and the nearby village of Salinas de Añana which dates back to the 12th century
  • Retracing the gastronomical tradition of cider drinking, from a 16th century apple press to popular Basque cider houses called sagardotegi’s
  • Visiting a traditional caserio or farmhouse to sample locally made cheese, honey and wine
  • An exclusive Basque inspired Jazz & Wine concert
  • A gourmet picnic in the vineyards of the nearby wine region with traditional specialties (for groups)
  • And much more

About the Basque Country
The Basque Country is one of the world’s gastronomic meccas. It is a premier traveler destination with an attractive mixture of historical cities, abundant green landscapes, rocky mountain ranges, and over 253 kilometers of rugged coastline offering breathtaking views, traditional fishing villages, picturesque beaches, and coastal vistas.

About Travel Basque Country
Launched in 2013, Travel Basque Country is an online guide for planning travel to the Basque Country in Northern Spain. Based in Bilbao, the independent site represents a global community of people who are passionate about travel, food, culture and tradition. For more information go to: http://www.travelbasquecountry.com.

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