Basque Country

Bilbao, finalist for the World Design Capital 2014

Dare to enjoy the Carnival in another place

inauteriak-2_donostiaIt is clear that we can not tempt you with high temperatures, but in Euskadi we live the Carnival intensely and with much tradition, are our “Inauteriak”, (Carnival in Basque).

Get out of the rut and enjoy the carnivals in other places like our destinations:




Donostia / San Sebastián












































Hondarribia and Irun















Savor the txakoli, watch the sea, feel the winter sun in one of the wineries of Zarautz

talaiberritxakoliThe winter sun, the smell of saltpeter, the views of the sea, the greenness of the mountains, the taste of txakoli in the mouth … In the Talai Berri cellar and in Rezabal, both in Zarautz, they know what they speak and want to share it .

They offer a guided tour so you can discover how it is made, where it grows and how one of our most famous wines, txakoli, knows.

If you have interest, make your reservation in the cellar. It is necessary.

cabecera_rezabal_txakolindegiaFriday, February 17

11.00 hours. Cellar Talai Berri



Saturday, February 18

11.00 hours. Cellar Talai Berri

12:00 p.m. Cellar Rezabal *.

*(By appointment, minimum 10 people)

And since you are in Zarautz, do not forget to visit its old part, with a very varied and quality commerce, take some pintxos in the best atmosphere or walk your footbridge accessible on one of the biggest biotopes of the coast of Gipuzkoa.

Check the agenda of Zarautz to see all the dates offered for guided tours to wineries of txakoli.

The reconstruction of the Titanic, until February 19 in Bilbao

titanic-650x920-c-defaultThere are few days left for the Titanic to leave Bilbao. You are still in time to see the colossal model of one of the most famous ships in history and the port of embarkation of 12 meters in length, 4.5 in width and 3.9º in strut, performed at 1:30 scales.

Come to the exhibition at the Euskalduna Palace and be amazed by the largest model ever built, original elements of the ship (some of them of great historical value), recreations and exclusive images.

The life on the ship, the dramatic and emotional outcomes of April 15, 1912 in the North Atlantic, the different aspects of its construction and other details are exhibited in the thirteen thematic spaces of ‘Titanic: The Reconstruction’.

Here you can buy the tickets and plan your visit to Bilbao, loaded with cultural, gastronomic and leisure proposals. You deserve a break.

San Sebastián, candidate for “Best European Destination 2017”

european-best-destinationsSan Sebastián opts to be the “Best European Destination 2017”. The city is a candidate, along with 19 other European cities, for the title.

Until this Friday, February 10, you can vote for her on www.vote.ebdest.in

It’s easy, mark your choice of “San Sebastian” in the column on the left and that’s it!

European Best Destination promotes culture and tourism in Europe from more than 260 European destinations, has more than three million visitors and a media coverage of more than 50 million euros.

In 2016, it was Zagreb who took the title and the previous one, Bordeaux.

San Sebastián guarantees that it is one of the most voted cities as the best European romantic destination and the beach of La Concha stood out in the list of the best beaches in Europe, according to European Best Destinations.

The top representatives of Tourism of the Diputación de Gipuzkoa and the City Council of the city, Denis Itxaso and Ernesto Gasco, have already offered their support.

Alicante and Valencia test the pintxos of Hondarribia

tizon-y-soutoThe popular pintxos of Hondarribia are found today in Denia (Alicante) and Alcira (Valencia).

Gorka Souto, from Sardara, and Iñigo Tizón, from Gran Sol, are during today and tomorrow, February 6 and 7, in these localities offering their premium bars and pintxos. Souto, champion, and Tizón, runner-up of the last Pintxos Amstel Gold Championship – Euskal Herriko Pintxo Txapelketa held in October at the Kursaal Palace in San Sebastián, will display their culinary art in the master class of this professional meeting.

The aim is to convey the philosophy of Basque pintxos bars and miniature cuisine, explaining the basic principles of management, selection and construction of cold pintxos bars and their different slopes. In the show cooking part, they will make their main Premium pintxos.

Souto will present “Barbalada”: which won the Gipuzkoa prize for codfish, the most aesthetic pint in the Euskal Herria and also the absolute prize in the contest held in the Kursaal.

On the other hand, Tizón will cook “Ingot of duck to the orange”, based on traditional cuisine, careful and of product, looking for that the flavors take us to memories and that they have touch and presence of cooks of author.

In this event they will share cooks with other chefs like Kiko Moya of the restaurant L’Escaleta of Concentaina in Alicante with two Michelin stars; Alberto Ferruz from the BonAmb restaurant in Jávea in Alicante also with two Michelin stars, Fran Martínez from the restaurant Maralda de Almansa in Albacete from a Michelin star, among other renowned professionals.



Plan for this Saturday 4 February in Irun: show of cinema and live music

160331-audience-kafe-antzokia-jai-alai-bluesWe propose a different cultural plan and very ours in the locality of Irun. At 20:00 hours at the Amaia KZ (Pio XII, 4) will offer an attractive pairing of cinema and live music. The documentary “Jai Alai Blues” (2015) by Gorka Bilbao will be screened, to which the group of Gernika Audience puts the music of the soundtrack playing live on stage.


The theme is very much our origins, our culture. The documentary tells the incredible story of the pediments in which practiced Jai Alai through famous people of that world. It is projected in the original version with subtitles in Spanish.

Complete the plan with a tour of Irun, visit the Oiasso Museum of Romanization, take some pintxos in the bars of the city, enjoy a meal or dinner in the popular restaurants, whatever you fancy.

Some notes so that you can organize yourself:

Ticket Sales:


– Tourist Office of Irun, Plaza Luis Mariano.

– At the box office the same day of the show.


Entry price: € 7,40




The Surf Championship Pro Zarautz 2017 will be held from 20 to 23 April

2017-01-19-photo-00000006Zarautz returns to host one of the tests of the European surf circuit. From April 20 to 23 of this year, in the waves of the city of Gipuzkoa will be played this championship that attracts more than 200 participants, the best surfers in Europe. It is organized by the World Surf League and the Guipuzcoan Surf Federation, with the support of the Zarautz City Council, the Diputación of Gipuzkoa and the Basque Government.

An event that transforms the city and is highly desirable even if you do not surf, since it generates a great atmosphere. Concerts, exhibitions of Basque rural sport…. “We have sea and mountain, tradition and modernity. Not only in summer, “said the mayor of Zarautz, Xabier Txurruka.

During the presentation at Fitur (Madrid) was noted as a novelty that this year goes up, going from QS1000 to QS1500 to reach $ 40,000 – some 37,630 euros – of prizes, matching the podiums in the men’s and women’s categories. Pro Zarautz is one of the oldest tests of the European tour and scoring for the Qualifying Series qualifying circuit of the World Surf League (WSL). It has a strategic position in the European calendar, just after the consecutive scales of Santa Cruz (Portugal) and Anglet (France).

It should be remembered that Zarautz is home to great surfers like Aritz Aranburu, Hodei Collazo, Axi Muniain or Ibon Amatriain and one of the most active talent factories on the national scene.



From left to right:

  • Ixidor Larrañaga, Councilor for Tourism of the City of Zarautz.
  • Xabier Txurruka, Mayor of the City of Zarautz.
  • Harkaitz Millan, director of Basquetour.
  • Maite Cruzado, Director of Tourism of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa.



Christmas 2016 in the Basque Country Tourism









Guided tours, museums and exhibitions, gastronomy, fairs, programming for children, Cavalcade of Magi … Vitoria-Gasteiz becomes magical in the Christmas season. An ice rink outside and a slide in the Virgen Blanca Square and the Monumental Bethlehem in La Florida are some of its hallmarks.








The “Light” of Christmas, Bilbao is illuminated and takes on a sparkling, glittering, magical appearance and the Christmas spirit is ever present. Don’t miss the opportunity of walking through the streets of the city bathed in the light of Christmas (100% low-energy lighting, of course). Nativity scenes, ice rink, Christmas markets, the Children’s Christmas Park (PIN), Gabonart Bilbao Craft Fair, the cavalcade of Olentzero, Gabonak Art … Bilbao is full of activities to enjoy it this Christmas.














Donostia-San Sebastián

The capital of Guipuzcoa is ready for Christmas. The city is already decked out for the children, packed with sparking lights in the streets, shops filled with the perfect gift ideas and the seductive warm glow of bars and restaurants.  An unforgettable date to enjoy San Sebastián.















Santo Tomas Fair starts with the Christmas program in Zarautz. Then happen until January 6th Fortnight Children Christmas, the Feast of Olentzero, the Cross of San Silvestre … Come and live your Zarautz Christmas.














Hondarribia it is “a fabulous town, bathed in a sea that will offer fresh seafood delicacies in its huge variety of restaurants, some of national importance. Among the tourist attractions stands the Old Town, the Main Square and the Church of Santa Maria. Winter Plan: Visit the Castle of Emperor Charles V. What better opportunity.

Music, concerts, street theatres, and a plethora of activities complete the commercial revitalization program that added to the cultural agenda of Christmas makes Irun “an exceptional place this month of december”. ”















December bridge in Euskadi

If you decide to enjoy a full week in Euskadi as a couple of days, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastián, Zarautz, Hondarribia and Irun are waiting for you on this December Bridge. Here are some of the activities that are organized in these dates:



• Ardoaraba 
• Aitzina Folk Festival. Program
• Montehermoso. Palace and Water Deposit. Guided visits.










• Bilbao Mendi Film Festival. 
• Cabaret at the Teatro Arriaga Antzokia 
• Francis Bacon at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 












Donostia-San Sebastián
• Easo square farmhouse market.
• World Padel Tour 
• Tabakalera guided visits to the exhibition – agency of living organisms







• Guided visits to txakoli wineries. 
• Day of  Basque (euskera)
• Medieval Market







Hondarribia / Irun
Basque Coast Christmas Fair

Painting and foot exhibitions

Meet our maritime heritage this Sunday in Zarautz

charlas-itinerantes-2016What better way to know our maritime heritage than a guided tour of the places where it is concentrated. This Sunday 27 November in Zarautz Moila at 11.00 p.m., Jexux Mari Garmendia and Xabier Alberdi of Zarauzko Batelari Elkartea will offer the talk “Zarauzko itsas ondare biziaren azken hondarrak: Zarauzko Batelari Elkartearen eta Zarauzko Arraun Elkartearen egitasmoak”.

The talks are framed within the actions being developed by the Commonwealth and the municipalities of Aia, Getaria, Orio, Zarautz and Zumaia to promote the maritime heritage of our environment. This is the third consecutive year.
Free registration:

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C/Pintor Pablo Uranga, 10B. Phone: +34 945 218179. 01008 Vitoria-Gasteiz