From sports-related activities to food and culture, the Basque Country offers plenty of premium experiences to suit all tastes – activities which can be done throughout the entire region. Flying in a hot air balloon at the source of the Nervión River, a game of Basque pelota, traveling along the cliffs of Biscay in a sailboat (or paragliding above them), visiting the Butrón Castle by canoe or atop a horse, taking a tour by bike over the Portugalete Hanging Bridge, venturing into the Arrikrutz caves, playing golf at Palacio Urgoiti, and discovering by kayak the cove formerly used by smugglers to unload their goods are just some of the most appealing activities for adrenaline junkies.
Those who wish to become familiar with all the aspects of the famous Basque cuisine can take a boat trip to an underwater wine cellar to taste the wines that have been aged in the sea, participate in culinary workshops, do tastings on a sailboat, learn the trade of shepherding, visit the Añana Salt Valley, become a winemaker for a day, take a four-wheeler vineyard tour that comes complete with a picnic, learn about the cider, txakoli and beer production processes, and discover how to prepare local sweets.
Those interested in history, art, and culture cannot miss a visit to the Sanctuary of Arantzazu and the Oma Painted Forest, nor can they pass up the beautiful villas built by the indianos (Spanish emigrants who sought their fortune in America and returned to Spain rich) in the Enkarterri region. It is likewise interesting to visit the Gernika air raid shelters, travel the medieval route along the coast of Biscay, and –of course– discover the secrets of the Cathedral at Vitoria alongside a professional guide – walking along the scaffolding and walkways that have been installed for its restoration and which offer a new perspective of this wonderful Gothic temple; a true luxury for art lovers.