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Best time to go to the Basque Country
Much like Eskimos and snow, the Basques have their own word for the constant, soft drizzle that drenches their lush landscapes – txirimiri, pronounced siri-miri.
The rain in Spain falls mainly on… the Basque Country, it seems. Forget the parched plains and sun drenched beaches of the rest of the country; the north has not only its own culture, but its own climate, which keeps it gorgeously green. June-Sep are the warmest and driest months – and with temps barely breaking the mid 20s, it’s not too hot to hike, plus you can still enjoy the beaches. The best time to go to the Basque Country is June or September, to miss summer vacation crowds. Inland has a more continental climate than the coast, with warmer summers, cold winters and less chance of rain.
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Experience Northern Spain's Culture, History & Landscapes
From US $2175 11 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2022: 6 May, 17 Jun, 2 Sep
2022: 6 May, 17 Jun, 2 Sep
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Basque Country travel advice
Chloe Knott, from our supplier Exodus, shares her Basque Country travel tips:
“I really recommend seeing both the French and Spanish sides of the Basque Country so that you get a real flavour of the whole region. The walks are relatively easy and mostly along the coastline so are perfect for summer walking. A Basque tour leader brings the destination to life with knowledge of not only the landscapes but the unique culture that they are so proud of.”
Basque culture"The Basques are thought to be the oldest ethnic group in Europe and speak Europe’s oldest living language, Euskera. It is unrelated to French, Spanish or any other Romance language so it is not the easiest to pick up! Some useful words are: Kaixo (hello), Eskerrik asko (Thank you) and Agur (goodbye). Their national game is called ‘pelote’, it is traditionally played outdoors (in fact our hotel has a small pitch right outside the front door!). It is played using a wooden bat, basket or hand to hit a ball against a wall and it can get very competitive!”
Macarena Riestra, from our Basque Country-based supplier, weWalking Tours, shares her thoughts on her adopted homeland:
The famous Basque cuisine
“The most typical food is the “pintxos”, Basque tapas. They are small master pieces in which chefs play with different colours, textures and flavours. They are usually composed of a slice of bread and a portion of food on top, hooked with a toothpick (the Basque name for toothpick is “pintxo”). You can find them in almost every bar, mostly in old centers of cities and towns.”
Why walk in the Basque Country?"Here there is a lot to be discovered. We are lucky to have green mountains just next to the blue Cantabrian sea, beautiful and well preserved medieval towns, modern cities with some of the most famous buildings in the world, fresh local products such as cheese or wine, a tasty gastronomy to try, friendly people to chat with, an interesting history and a unique language and, of course, safe and well signed paths crossing some of the most interesting spots.”
More about Basque Country
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