Today around the ancient wine industry it has been created new infrastructures which have boosted Enotourism.
Wine culture has created an interesting link with food, art, natural envionment and body care. Wine cellars offer a wide range of activities such as: wine tasting, cellars guided tours or sophisticated beauty treatment, based on vinotherapy.
For those passionate and keen on about wine culture, many of the most important cellars have carried out ambitious architectural projects to continue providing high-quality wines and bring them closer to general public. There are cellars with a long history behind them, who combine wisely tradition and modernity.
It is a complex consisting of old cellar founded in 1858 and a new building designed by the Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry. It is called The Spanish Chateau of 21st century which houses a luxury hotel, two restaurants and a Vinotherapy Spa.
It is an avant-garde wine-cellar, designed by the architect Santiago Calatraba, it is well fitted with landscape. It was inaugurated in 2001 and became the pioneer of author wine in Rioja. One of its strengths is that only produce Reserva wines and singular coupages.
It has spacious facilities in the best imaginable environment, where you can be pampered by expert hands of wine-therapist. The Spa is run by Caudalie who is piooner in Vinotherapie treatment. Vinotherapie combines beneficts from thermal water rich in minerals with grape and wine extracts rich in polyphenols.
The Wine Oil Spa use the therapeutic of wine and olive from Rioja Alavesa to treat body and mind. The centre has nearly 1000 sq m and it is divided in two areas, the large one dedicate to the spa circuit and another one with 15 cabins for treatments. The Wine Oil Spa Villa de la Guardia has awards such as "Best off" wine tourist services.
The Spa of Cestona is a bulding of the late 19th century and it is surronded by beautiful gardens that can be considered a botanical garden. Its waters of strong mineralization are particulary suitable for treating digestive and locomotive problems.
Located in the nice Carranza Valley. The centre offer to visitors the chance to benefit from the water's therapeutic properties in a rural and quiet place. Its mineral waters are specially recommended for treating rheumatism, respiratory problems and nervous system alterations.
Located in a unique setting on The Bay of La Concha, in the beautiful San Sebastián. The centre has the latest technology in Thalassothereapy and is one of the reference centres in Europe.
Local Fiestas take place all year long and they offer you the possibility to have a good time as well as know the old Basque traditions.
We would like to emphasize Fiestas of the three capitals three Semanas Grandes in August. The party begins in Vitoria-Gasteiz with the Blanca's Fiesta (1st week of August). It takes place in honor of the Snow's Virgin.
It continues with La Semana Grande Donostiarra (San Sebastián), it is organized around the festivity of the Virgin Day (15th August). To highlight the fireworks that take place in the lovely Bahía de La Concha.
The Aste Nagusia or Semana Grande of Bilbao begins on first Saturday after 15th of August. There are characteristic characters as Gargantúa and Marijaia (cardboard giant Queen of the party) it is very important the bullfighting, processions and txoznas.
Important festivals to highlight:
There are famous festivals and cultural events such as Blues and Jazz festivals, The International festival of Theate and The San Sebastián's International Festival of Cinema, but there are many others.
As usual if you need more information go to Tourism Offices.
|February||Week Coral Vizcaína||Bilbao|
|Mai/June||International Market of Handicrafts||Bilbao|
|In the middle of June||Blues International Festival||Getxo|
|1st week of July||Jazz International Festival||Getxo|
|End of July||Folklore International Festival||Portugalete|
|End of August||Havanan Song Festival||Getxo|
|1st week of September||Folk International Festival||Getxo|
|September to April||Opera of A.B.A.O||Bilbao|
|November||Marionettes International Festival||Bilbao|
|December||Documentary Cinema and Short Cinema International Festival||Bilbao|
|April||Submarine Cinema International Festival||Donostia-San Sebastián|
|End of July||Jazz Festival||Donostia-San Sebastián|
|August||Quincena Musical||Donostia-San Sebastián|
|September||San Sebastián Film Festival||Donostia-San Sebastián|
|End of october||Concurso Internacional de Masas Corales||Tolosa|
|October-November||Fantastic and Horror Film Festival||Donostia-San Sebastián|
|November||Baroque Music Festival||Donostia-San Sebastián|
|End of november||Internacional Marionettes Festival||Tolosa|
|June||International Folklore Festival||Vitoria-Gasteiz|
|3 nd week of july||International Jazz Festival||Vitoria-Gasteiz|
|October-November||International Comic Theater Festival.||Araia|
|September||Week of Old Music of Alava||Vitoria-Gasteiz|
|September-December||International Theater Festival||Vitoria-Gasteiz|
In the Basque Country survives many old traditions as markets, where baserritarras (fermers) have sold their products for centuries.
These farming markets have a great tradition and some of them taking place for very early times. The Tolosa Market (Gipuzkoa) takes place every saturday since 1253. Ordizia market on wednesdays, takes place from the 16th century and has an important competition of Idiazabal cheese. People pay thousands of Euros for the winning cheese.
It is also traditional the Gernika market on Mondays especially important the last Monday of October.
Moreover, in these markets we can find more than fruits and vegetables. It is usual find sale of livestock or traditional Basque cuisine as: cheese talo (a kind of bread) with chorizo, Basque cake and wines like txakolí (white young wine) kalimotxo (red wine with coke) or whatever you like.
You can practise golf in the Basque Country. Some of the golf courses were designed by top Spanish names in golf as Severiano Ballesteros and Jose María Olazabal.
For further information contact with the Basque Golf Federation: www.fvgolf.com
|R.S. de Golf de Neguri||Getxo||18|
|Dima Golf Center||Dima||18|
|Meaztegi Golf||La Arboleda||18|
|Laukariz Club de Campo||Laukariz||18|
Basque Country has 200 km of coast and a lot of beaches where practise surf.
Zarautz and Mundaka are the best beaches to practise surf for the perfection of their waves. Every year a lot of international visitors arrive to practise surf here.
Basques have always been closely linked to sea and have a great fishing and seafaring tradition. Curretly there are several marinas where you can do all kind of water sports or where you will be provide of all necesary services if you decide bring your yacht.
In summer there are many sailing tours between towns like: Getxo-Castro, Getxo-Bermeo, Getxo-San Juan de Luz.
For further information contact with: Tourism Offices
|Name||Situated||Nº tie up||Draught|
|Puerto Deportivo de Getxo||Bizkaia||827||4 mts|
|Puerto Deportivo de Getaria||Gipuzkoa||300||2 mts|
|RCN Donostia-San Sebastián||Gipuzkoa||400||2-5 mts|
Some people like to shake off tedium of urban life they practise some adventure sports as: bungee jumping, tubing, hang-gliding, para-gliding, etc. Some companies offer to you day excursions for doing your favorite activity.
Deeply rooted in the Basque Country is mountaineering and there are beautiful mountains to practice.Further information on Tourism Offices.
Native sports and language are important ethnography testimony about the singularity of the Basque culture. Most of the Basque sports were connecting with the farmer and sea life and they are a demonstration of force, ability and elegance.
The craft is made up of thirteen rowers and a skipper. Races take place on the coast towns from end of June until September every Sunday and bank holiday.
Here there are some of the main Race of Traineras.
|2 de agosto||Getxoko Estropaden XXXI Ikurriña||Getxo|
|23 de agosto||Kofradiaren XV Ikurriña||Paisaia|
|Mediados de agosto||Hondarribiko XXII Ikurriña||Hondarribia|
|Mediados de agosto||Zarautzko XXXII Etropadak||Zarautz|
|Finales de agosto||Bandera de la Concha||Donostia-San Sebastián|
|3 er. domingo de septiembre||Bandera El Corte Inglés||Portugalete|
This sport is praticed since long in the Basque Country and in others neighbouring regions such as Navarra, Rioja and Burgos. But also is paying in others countries like France, Mexico, USA and even in Philippines.
There are several game modes: Pelota a mano, Pelota a Pala, Pelota a Remonte, Cesta a Punta, Trinquete, Share.
Bets are tradition in the most important ball court, for example in Bilbao, Gernika, Durango, Vitoria, Donostia, Eibar, Bergara.
Fur further information:
Best moment to enjoy rural sports is during village festivals.
Here there are a brief description of different kinds of rural sports.
If you need further information, please ask Tourism Offices
They cut trunks of Hague with their axes, in record time.
Weight Lifting of stones in different sizes shapes and weights.
Oxen that drag stones of more than 3.000 Kg.
Two teams take the same string and they try to take the opponent team to their land.
Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián have a bullring but there are a lot of small towns that also have one as Azpeitia, Tolosa and Eibar.
I am not keen on bullfighting but I know the "corridas" take place in summer, usually during village festivals.
If you want further information here you have bullring websites.