Ever basked on a Basque beach? Nibbled on pintxos? Learned to surf with the pros? Biked from Spanish ports to French pastures? Never say never. Because you'll do all this and more in Basque Country, a region that's Spanish, but not exactly. French, but somehow different. You've enjoyed adventure, but nothing quite like this.
1-2 Hike in the vast Basque Coast Geopark, one of the world's most unique environments Towering like giants above the sea, the spectacular Flysch cliffs are more than 60 million years old and tell a fascinating geologic story Stroll along the beach to an atmospheric fishing village Share the path with pilgrims walking the St. James Trail en route to Santiago de Compostela In San Sebastián, spend time exploring town, hanging out on the beach or paddling a sea kayak to a little island that offers views of the bay and nearby mountains Today's your chance to try delicious pintxos, the popular local snacks.
3-4 You're in one of Europe's top surfing spots—care to give it a try? Afternoon brings a leisurely ride into France and the seaside resort town of St-Jean-de-Luz Hike through France's beautiful Basque landscape Follow trails past rolling sheep-dotted hills and quaint farmhouses Savor views of the sea from our hotel's lovely terrace, or perhaps pamper yourself with a visit to the spa Explore St-Jean-de-Luz's narrow streets and dine along the town's picturesque waterfront.
5-6 Explore the countless charms of the French Basque Country on a multitude of bike paths Pedal along the coast and through colorful fishing communities Get to know the lavish seaside town of Biarritz, dubbed the "queen of beaches and the beach of kings" ever since Empress Eugénie de Montijo and her husband Emperor Napoleon III made Biarritz the favorite resort of the European aristocracy Visit the old port and the impressive covered marketplace, Les Halles de Biarritz, where the locals gather to eat, drink and shoot the breeze.