Ever basked on a Basque beach? Nibbled on pintxos? Surfed on Spanish waves? Biked along the sea from ports to 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 family adventures, but none 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 Walk along the beach to an atmospheric fishing village, sharing the path with pilgrims hiking 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 Now'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? Professional surfers from the world champion Pukas Team take you out in beginner's waves Savor a last slice of tortilla española before heading from Spain to France Bike along the spectacular French coastline, then hike in the beautiful countryside Explore the Pyrenean foothills filled with steep green pastures, sheep and the remarkable Pottok, an endangered breed of pony Enjoy a family dinner in charming seaside St-Jean-de-Luz.
5-6 From Saint-Jean-de-Luz, set out along the coast and through colorful fishing communities Learn to play pelote basque, a favorite regional pastime Get to know the lavish 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 In town, explore the old port and the impressive covered marketplace, Les Halles de Biarritz—the place where all the locals gather to eat, drink and shoot the breeze.