As an autonomous community within the north of Spain, the Basque Country includes provinces such as Álava, Biscay and Gipuzkoa. Among Basque Country’s major cities include Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz, San Sebastián-Donostia, Barakaldo, Getxo, Irun, Portugalete, Santurtzi, Basauri, and Erreteria. To be understood within the region, the co-official languages used within all territories are Spanish and Basque.
What to see & do
Basque Country boasts destinations such as Artium Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art, Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, Fine Arts Museum of Alava, Heraclio Fournier Playing Card Museum, Arms Museum Vitoria, The Natural History Museum of Alava, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Aquarium San Sebastian, Los Arquillos, Church of San Vicente, Bilbao City Hall, and Urdanibia Iron Works, to name a few. Heraclio Fournier Playing Card Museum has two temporary exhibition halls, along with courses, conference areas, and a specialist library. Occupying around 5,000 square metres, the recently opened museum complex is home to collections of cards, as well as other archaeological finds. Arms Museum Vitoria has exhibits that have been arranged chronologically to ensure that visitors are able to see the development of the artefacts over the years, starting from around prehistoric times, to the beginning of the 20th century. The museum was established with the intention of letting its visitors see the military subjects from an educational perspective. The Natural History Museum of Alava has major geological, botanical, and zoological finds within the museum’s collections. Divided into three large sections, the Natural History Museum of Alava has been divided into two floors, with the first floor mainly for Geology, and the second floor focusing mainly on Botany and Zoology.
How to get around
Within the Basque Country of Spain, there is an extensive bus and train network that serves the region. As for the community’s roads, most, if not all, are well-signposted. When going around however, be aware that there are occasional road signs that only come in Basque. Via its capital Vitoria-Gasteiz, however, travelling around can be done by bus, bike, and taxi, or on foot. Going by bus, the city’s bus provider is Tuvisa. There is information on time and the bus network available, albeit only in Spanish. There are a few free bike hiring services situated all throughout the city, and taxis are provided by Taxi Iberia, Radio Taxi Gasteiz, and Patxi Taxi. Walking around the city is also an option since Vitoria-Gasteiz is a relatively small city. Most, if not all, parts of the city can be reached on foot.
How to get there
There are three airports within the Basque Country: the Bilbao Airport, San Sebastián Airport, and Vitoria Airport. The Bilbao Airport has flights to and from Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Paris, Santiago de Compostela, Rome, London, Brussels, Bristol, Manchester, Düsseldorf, Madrid, Frankfurt, Munich, Zürich, Lisbon, Istanbul, and Fuerteventura, on top of seasonal flights to Dublin, Minorca, Madeira, Prague, Stuttgart, Oslo, Venice, and Athens, to name a few, through airlines like Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France operated by HOP!, Air Nostrum, Alitalia, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Czech Airlines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Germanwings, Iberia, KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper, Lufthansa, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Swiss International Air Lines operated by Swiss Global Air Lines, TAP Portugal operated by Portugália, Turkish Airlines, Volotea, and Vueling.