By David

"Basque Country"

Culture and "Camino" : Guernica, Guggenheim & much more

Basque Country & Atlantic Coast

Departure date : 08/10/2018
What a wonderful holiday. Amazingly beautiful and varied scenery – from the coastal walks around Hermitage San Telmo (outside Zumaia), the wonderful view of the Oka river estuary from the Hermitage of San Pedro de Atxarre and the walk down and up (243 steps) to the Hermitage Gaztelugatx to the wonderful smells of the numerous Eucalyptus woods and Txakoli vineyards around Getaria (and we thoroughly enjoyed sampling the Txakoli) and the tranquillity of the walks through the Urdaibai Nature Reserve
Everything is arranged for you and went like clockwork, so you can just enjoy the walking then relax at very nice comfortable & friendly hotels (we particularly enjoyed the Castillo de Arteaga). The road book and maps provided were very comprehensive and the descriptions accurate. We had no need to use mobile phones although we generally had a good signal every day. Each day was a lovely, unfolding surprise and our drivers were extremely nice people. The food in this part of the world is second to none and the Castello Arteaga was an exceptionally nice surprise after a very long walk! What a menu!
And the final evening in Bilbao with a visit to the Guggenheim following by a trip to the old town was a lovely way to round off a great holiday. Everyone was very friendly and helpful although a bit of Spanish (or preferably Basque) would help. I would thoroughly recommend this holiday and already thinking about the next one.