I love road trips, I would do several road trips all over the Europe, but unfortunately, we still work 9-18 and somehow have to gain for our life. And the few days we have off, we try to spend in some exotic destinations.
Our latest road trip to Basque Country, was something I was dreaming for a long time ago, and I am so so so happy that we did it.
Today I prepared for you an ultimate guide to Basque Country with kids. I will explain to you in detail all the destinations you can visit in only 4 days. For this you will need a car, this post, and your unstoppable desire to discover new places.
The Basque Country starts in the northeast near the French border and continues until just past Bilbao in the west. In the north you will find the coast and the Bay of Biscay. There’s also a piece of the Basque Country in France, but that’s the French Basque Country, of course.
More about Basque Country read this post, and here let’s jump into all the places I recommend you visit.
As I mentioned previously, this Ultimate guide to Basque Country is prepared for a stay of 3 nights, 4 days. I really advise you to stay longer and explore more of the region.
Bilbao is one of the biggest cities in Basque Country, and all the industry is based here. Here we recommend you to visit Bilbao Old Town. The perfect way to discover it is walking and enjoying the architecture. The famous place to visit in Bilbao is of course the Guggenheim Museum. The smooth lines of the building draw the skyline of the city. Another must do thing in Bilbao is to enjoy walking around the river.
- 2. Getxo
A beautiful village close to Bilbao, where you will see lots of beautiful mansions with ocean view. Not bad to spend some time, and enjoy local bars. Not far from where we parked, there is Puente de Vizcaya, the most famous place in Basque Country, even its ́miniature is shown at the Airport of Bilbao.
If you are GOT fan, then this place is for you. But if you haven’t watched any series of GOT, as me, you will simply enjoy the stunning view of this place. San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a small island that is connected to the mainland by a bridge. On this Basque island is a recluse that dates back to the 9th or 10th century. Gaztelugatxe in Basque means Tremendous Castle.
We walked all the way down and then up to the church, and then back. So proud of all 3 kids, I couldn’t wish for more from them.
San Sebastian is very famous for pintxos, and amazing food. But, really, all of the places we went to have spectacular food, and you can enjoy it everywhere in Basque Country.
Donostia (San Sebastián) has been one of the chicest seaside towns in Spain since the 19th century when the Spanish nobles started to enjoy the beautiful bay and its beaches. Nowadays, the atmosphere seems to be more young and festive than chic.
San Telmo is actually not a place, is a church on the top of the hill, but what a hill. The scenic views of cliffs, beaches and the church, made us feel very special to get to such an amazing place.
- 6. Hondarribia
Hondarribia, Basque country on the Spanish side, and is where the airport of San Sebastian located. I read that this place is beautiful and is a gem of Basque Country. But, dear readers Hondarribia is a real vacation spot. The city has everything: a pleasant center, a nice beach and a green hilly hinterland with the best views.
The old city center is still surrounded by a city wall, with drawbridge and everything. Towards the water you will find all sorts of colorful wooden houses with balconies. One of the highlights of the town is the church Santa María de la Asunción, a 15th century Gothic church where once a marriage took place that brought peace between Spain and France.
And here we finish our Ultimate guide to Basque Country with kids.
Have you visited this region? What were your favourite Basque Country points of interest? Share your experience in the comments below!