Looking for a place to get away in the Basque Country?
Good news for those visiting the Basque Country from the UK–from the 29th of March 2015, British Airways will fly twice a day out of London Heathrow Terminal 1 into Bilbao, and word has it that Vueling will also be increasing their London Gatwick flights to Bilbao.
Did you know the first person to circumnavigate the globe was from the Basque Country? His name was Juan Sebastián Elcano a Basque explorer who completed the first circumnavigation, after Magellan’s death in the Philippines.
Elcano was born here beside the sea in beautiful “Getaria”. We live here, tomorrow we will gather together to prepare a “Thanksgiving” meal with our Basque friends.
Beronia Wines in collaboration with San Sebastián Food offer a delicious collection of award-winning wines. Matías Calleja from their winery highlights their unique touch, saying, “We combine leading-edge technology with traditional wine making methods.”
Living in the Basque Country, I’m often surprised when people haven’t heard of this land–a beautiful mini-Switzerland with a picturesque coastline, green mountains, hospitable people, and fascinating history. So, in case you don’t know them, allow me to introduce you to the real stars of the Basque Country. Sure, there are the poets and the singers, but then there are Pirritx & Porrotx. Clowns delighting audiences for over 25 years!
Flying out from Bilbao in the Basque Country, stopover in Istanbul then on to Beirut, Lebanon, I spent a week. Here is a glimpse of the food scene:
Walking through the sauk, light catching smoke rising, into the restaurant. Meat, garlic sauce, mango juice so thick you can use a spoon, vine leaves. A culinary paradise:
For those that have visited Biarritz, a longing to return or dwell there is often the sentiment expressed. One of the most delightful ways to relax, eat and enjoy the sweet atmosphere of Biarritz’s coastal charm is at Miremont (see my other post here about the 1872 tearoom and patisserie).
Etienne Singher, a young confectioner from Saint-Moritz opened the Miremont tearoom and patisserie in Biarritz in 1872. Almost one and a half centuries later, we enjoyed the lunch plat du jour on the second floor of this patisserie-restaurant, looking out at the lighthouse and the surfers launching off 2 metre waves.
Tucked away along the coast of Gipuzkoa province in the autonomous community of the Basque Country in the North of Spain, the autumn sunlight streams down on the blue sea, the green txakoli-covered fields, and the sheep spotted hills, as a few pilgrims hike past with St. James sea shells on their back packs.