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Immerse yourself in breathtaking scenery, hear little known tales of seafarers, be acquainted with the unique history, delight in local wines, feast on incredible cuisine. Fall in love with the quaint, sophisticated, relaxed, and exuberant mélange that spans the borders of France & Spain - This is the Basque region! 

Basque Highlights

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San Sebastián (Donostia)

Made famous during the Belle Époque! It appeals to beach-goers in search of sun, surf and sophistication!

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Pays Basque

The French Basque countryside and coastal towns are simultaneously French and distinctly Basque.

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Rioja Wine Region

Rioja is home to exceptional Spanish red's. Walk vineyards & meet winemakers while oohing & aahing through medieval villages.

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Bilbao Spain

The unofficial capital of Spain's Basque region this cosmopolitan city is home of the Guggenheim Museum & a UNESCO old town.

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Sample Pintxos

Think of these as Basque tapas - much more than food, it’s a vibe! Gather in the Old town for small bites & new friends!

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The Camino de Santiago

Also known as the Way of Saint James, you can walk a small section or spend the entire day on the famed pilgrimage route

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Saint Jean de Luz

Bienvenue! Our favorite town on the French Basque coast. Shop, dine and enjoy the Grand Plage boardwalk in relaxed elegance.

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Basque Countryside

In both the French & Spanish Basque region find lovely villages for quaint and low key towns surrounded by rolling green hills.


Basque Country, or Euskadi as it’s known in the Basque language, is a rugged coastal region with the Bay of Biscay to the north and verdant hillsides and mountains to the south. Crossing modern borders in France and Spain, its home to an ancient language, deeply rooted cultural traditions, and distinctive cuisine.  The Basque area in Spain is politically autonomous.

With an astonishing variety of activities for travelers of all interests, the Basque Country is a dreamy destination, and deserving of your focused attention. We recommend spending a minimum of 5 days in the area to not leave with a huge amount of fomo. No matter the length of your stay, chances are you’ll be planning to return!  Whether you’re interested in exploring the famous culinary scene, heading out on a trail, luxuriating in a renowned winery, lounging on the beach or taking in the many museums and historical sites - this area is pure delight! Welcome to the wonderland that is the Basque Region!

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Meet Jon!

A proud ambassador of his hometown, Jon shares his passion for the Basque's culture and rugged beauty. Feel the joy & pride by spending time with Jon in Spain!
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Basque Itinerary

Our favorite way to design your trip includes locally-focused, absolutely stunning, and culturally rich places. We encourage you to travel slowly, allow time to get caught up in the moment, and enjoy each special moment - in true Basque style!

  • Head to Bilbao’s La Ribera Market for cooked to order seafood, sampling of fresh produce, or a selection of pintxos and Txakoli wine to the beat of live music.

  • Sun worshiper? Spend the day in a gorgeous Pays Basque (French) beach town soaking up the sun and cool French vibes!

  • Make your way to the tiny fishing village of Getaria for its famed grilled fish. Little restaurants are popped in between narrow streets and medieval buildings. The scenery along the coastal route combines for a perfect relaxing afternoon!

  • Visit Gernika, the 1937 bombing almost entirely destroyed the city & inspired Picasso’s most famous piece of art – “Guernica.” Also known as an important political site where Basque autonomy was granted and the host to a fantastic weekly market. 

  • Follow the rural roads to the mystical isle of Gaztelugatx(z)e. This rock rises from the waves , on a strip of rocky coastline, inviting you to take in the full timeless beauty of Spain’s rugged north coast. 

  • You’ll find that folks are passionate about gastronomy around here, looking for something extra special, let us arrange your meal at one of the nearly 40 Michelin starred restaurants in the Basque Country. 

  • Visit a traditional winery for txakoli (cha-coli)! A slightly sparkling, low alcohol white wine from the Spanish Basque, to pairs perfectly with salty seafood pintxos! 

  • The French Basque town of Espelette is a picturesque half-timbered village known for its dried red peppers of the same name. Homes proudly hang bundles of the peppers from facades for a totally unique scenery.

  • Catch a match of Jaa Alai, often billed as “the world’s fastest game”. It’s played in a three-walled court where a hard rubber ball is caught and thrown with a cesta, a hand-held wicker scoop strapped to the player's arm. You have to see to believe!

Wine tour in Rioja wine region of Spain
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Did you know...

Our trips are created in collaboration with, and led by locals! Travelers will spend their days with a local to experience and connect you to this lively place, its history, and the people that make it so incredibly special.

The bay of san sebestian

The Basque Region

On the Atlantic coast, where the French and Spanish border meet is a special place, home to a proud and distinct culture, with its own language and traditions. Known as Euskadi, it is an autonomous region is Spain. The French refer to the area as “Pays Basque”, and although autonomy has not been recognized, the French consider it a cultural region.


Perhaps the most internationally famous destination in Basque country is the seaside city of San Sebastián (known locally as Donostia), Spain. A total stunner with gorgeous architecture, a historic pedestrian-only area, two beaches and arguably the most critically renowned culinary scene…. in the world! No surprise considering this area is one of Europe's most ancient, and most independent-thinking regions.


With so many cultural riches, don’t overlook the fact the landscape truly dazzles. Home to steep mountains, verdant hills, and lush valleys that roll until they are met with striking, rocky coastlines. You'll also enjoy the charm of small towns, family-owned wineries serving up full-bodied wines, local farms operating on passion and time-honored traditions, and centuries-old pilgrimages paths on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail.


Conscious Travel Collective designs trips that will immerse you in the stunning scenery, art, history and culture, remarkable natural abundance and of course the incredible cuisine of the Basque Country.

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Scene from a rural countryside bar. credit to Daria Klimova


How long do you suggest for a trip that includes the Basque regions of both France and Spain?

We usually advise from 6-10 nights, depending on the pace you like to travel, and the places you are interested in visiting.

My flight gets in the day before my group, can I stay at the hotel an extra night?

Please send an email to hello@conscioustravelcollective.com and we will check on that for you!

What airport is best to arrive into?

It depends on your specific trip details, however the region has three airports we frequently use: Bilbao, San Sebestian, and Biarritz

How many travelers are in a small group?

By "small" we mean 4 to 14 travelers. This area is serviced by trains, planes and automobiles so we can easily get your group from place to place. Some of the wineries and restaurants will hit their maximum capacity if the group exceeds 14 guests which is why we recommend keeping it this size or smaller. 

What currency is used in this region?

Both France and Spain use the Euro, which makes it very easy to go back and forth between the borders.

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