2. BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN
Despite being located in mainland Spain, Basque Country is actually completely different from the rest of the country. It is a region with its own language, culture, food, and even the landscapes look different, meaning a visit here shows you an utterly new side to Spain. Basque Country will delight you with its vibrant cities and stunning nature, plus it is also a wonderful destination to experience amazing cuisine and some of the best wine in Spain.
Possibly the most famous destination in Basque Country is Bilbao, known for the Guggenheim Museum. The building of this quirky museum is reason enough to visit; it is known for being a fantastic example of modern architecture. Inside you will get the chance to see permanent and temporary exhibitions by some of the world’s greatest artists. But Bilbao isn’t just about the Guggenheim. It’s a lively city with a beautiful historic quarter, great shopping opportunities and a fantastic culinary scene. Elsewhere in Basque Country, you have the coastal city of San Sebastian which is particularly popular with surfers, the state capital Vitoria-Gasteiz with its cobblestone streets and 13th-century cathedral, and the medieval city of Laguardia, surrounded by stunning wineries.
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