Bilbao & Basque Region: Includes the Guggenheim, San Sebastián and Vitoria [NOOK Book]

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The Basque region remains unspoilt by tourism; whether you want to discover ancient towns steeped in tradition and age-old customs, the buzzy cultural capital of Bilbao, San Sebastian’s stunning beaches or just sample some of the finest seafood and cider then the Footprintfocus guide to Bilbao & Basque Region will help you get off the beaten path and really get to know the place.

*Essentials section with practical advice on getting around.

*Highlights map so you know what not to miss.

*Comprehensive listings ...

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Bilbao & Basque Region: Includes the Guggenheim, San Sebastián and Vitoria

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Overview

The Basque region remains unspoilt by tourism; whether you want to discover ancient towns steeped in tradition and age-old customs, the buzzy cultural capital of Bilbao, San Sebastian’s stunning beaches or just sample some of the finest seafood and cider then the Footprintfocus guide to Bilbao & Basque Region will help you get off the beaten path and really get to know the place.

*Essentials section with practical advice on getting around.

*Highlights map so you know what not to miss.

*Comprehensive listings including where to eat, sleep and have fun.

*Detailed street maps for Bilbao and other important towns.

Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprintfocus guide will help you get the most out of Bilbao without weighing you down.

The content of Footprintfocus Bilbao guide has been extracted from Footprint’s Northern Spain Handbook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908207104
  • Publisher: Footprint Handbooks Ltd
  • Publication date: 8/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 105
  • File size: 972 KB

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It’s official: Europe’s oldest people have been reborn, and


everywhere the visitor looks there’s some celebration or


affirmation that it’s good to be Basque again. Euskadi is back with


a bang, and the old feeling that Bilbao is the centre of the world


has rapidly returned.


Whatever your views on independence movements, Euskadi (the


Basque name for this part of the world) doesn’t feel very Spanish.


Even the most imperialistic of the Madrid establishment refer to


it as ‘El País Vasco’, the Basque country. The name for the region in


Basque (Euskara or Euskera) is either Euskadi or Euskal Herría. Things


are certainly different here; there’s a strange language on road signs


that would break Scrabble scoring records, weird sports are played


to packed houses, it rains an awful lot and there’s a subtle vibrancy


that infects even the most mundane of daily tasks.


The region’s biggest city, Bilbao, has managed superbly to reinvent


itself from declining industrial dinosaur to optimistic European


metropolis. The Guggenheim museum is a powerful symbol of this,


but it’s the vision and spirit that put it there that are even more


invigorating. San Sebastián, meanwhile, is perennially popular for its


superb natural setting and wonderful gourmet scene, and Vitoria,


the peaceful Basque capital, is also very appealing.


Euskadi isn’t very large, which means that most of the rural areas


are within easy reach of the three cities. The rugged coast has a


few excellent beaches and some very personable fishing towns.


Inland, medieval towns still preserve an excellent architectural


heritage, while Laguardia, by happy coincidence, is both one of the


most attractive walled towns in Northern Spain and an important


centre of the Rioja wine region. Outside the towns, the green hills


and rocky peaks of this corner of the peninsula are an invitation


into the open air.

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