Summer in the Basque Country

Happy beginning of August! Let’s continue celebrating this season with our updated Summer in the Basque Country – August & September gathering all the best for August and September, as it is the perfect time to enjoy the sunny warm weather, longer days and the most amusing outdoor activities making it the best time to visit the land of the Basques.

This guide is all you need! You’ll find out which artists are performing live across the Basque Country as well as diverse local traditions or some sport events. Don’t miss out! Make the best of your time here. 

See you soon!

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Summer in the Basque Country

To celebrate the reopening of the borders we attach the Summer in the Basque Country with updated activities for June and July.

Anytime is a good time to visit The Land of the Basques, but the sunny warm weather, longer days, together with the biggest outdoors festivals season, makes summer the perfect time to explore and enjoy the destination.

Euskal Herria, The Land of the Basques in the local language, is a fascinating destination which comprises in a relatively  small piece of land a great diversity of sceneries from the ocean to the mountain range and from modern cities to countryside and vineyards. 

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Basqvium presente en Madrid Fusión

Esta semana, con el fin de consolidar la gastronomía vasca, Basqvium – Food, Culture and Luxury Experiences ha estado presente en Madrid Fusión, el primer congreso global de gastronomía, que ha conseguido reunir más de 15.000 visitantes en el Recinto Ferial Ifema Madrid durante las tres jornadas presenciales, que han tenido lugar del 31 de mayo al 2 de junio. 

El congreso ha contado con 300 ponentes y 183 empresas, y en esta la edición número 19, una de las más internacionales, se ha entregado por primera vez el Premio Cocinero del año a ocho cocineros entre los que se encuentra Andoni Luis Aduriz, del restaurante Mugaritz de Errenteria. 


El chef Eneko Atxa, del Azurmendi de Larrabetzu, rindió homenaje a sus productores, locales y de proximidad, con ocho platos y ocho “haikus” o poemas japoneses, escritos por Kirmen Uribe, para esta edición marcada por la economía circular y la puesta en valor de la materia prima.

Basqvium, centrado en el desarrollo de proyectos que fomenten la interculturalidad y la actividad económica y empresarial con otras regiones del mundo y orientado hacia el sector premium, ha estado presentando alguna de sus iniciativas a diferentes productores y bodegas.

Una de esas iniciativas que Basqvium ha estado promocionando, es el “Gastronomy Asian Tour”, que permitirá realizar eventos gastronómicos y una serie de cenas 4 manos con chef reconocidos por diferentes ciudades de Oriente medio (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain), India, Filipinas, Indonesia, Singapur, Hong Kong y Macao, en alguno de los clubes y hoteles más exclusivos. Con la idea de poder realizar el “viaje de vuelta” con cenas fusión en alguno de nuestros restaurantes destacados. 


Spring in the Basque Country

To celebrate the reopening of the borders we attach the Spring in the Basque Country with updated activities for May and June.

Anytime is a good time to visit The Land of the Basques, but the bright colors of the spring make special this time of the year.

When the cold weather starts giving up and the sun starts shining longer hours, an explosion of colours emerge in our mountains and lands.

Oak and Beech Forest begin dying green with new leaves coming out and small daisies, or txiribitak in Basque, grow everywhere.

Spring is also a sowing season for many of the products that will be harvested in Summer and Fall in the Basque Farmhouses. 

With the arrival of the good weather, the work of sowing increases considerably, highlighting products like the famous green peppers from Gernika, different types of red peppers, Ibarra chillies, beans and tomatoes, all of them distinguished by Basque Quality Label.

While the last remains of the Basque Carnivals finish in April, with  “Maskaradak” hold in the French Basque Country during all the winter,  several new season Festivals start celebrating in April too, like Saint  George, Basque Fest in Bilbao or Saint Prudence in Vitoria – Gasteiz. 

But we could assert that month of May is the beginning of the “Summer Festival Season” in the Basque Country, that will last till October!

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Autum in the Basque Country

Anytime is a good time to visit The Land of the Basques and Autumn, when temperatures are still mild and our forest exhibit incredible color palettes, together with multiple food markets and cultural activities along the Country, is the right season to experience and enjoy the destination calmly.

Autumn begins with one of the most relevant and international event of the year – the San Sebastian International Film Festival. Together with Cannes, Venice and Berlin, form the club of most important Film Festivals in Europe.
And going on with the cultural activity, this year the iconic Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Related to Gastronomy, Autum is a very remarkable season from the Haute Cuisine, to traditional food markets and of course it is Wine Harvest time in Rioja and Txakoli white wine areas.

From 8th to 11th of October “Gastronomika” Congress converts the city of San Sebastian in the World Capital of Haute Cuisine, welcoming the best of Basque, Spanish and World Cuisine.

In the orchards the different varieties of beans are collected, together with aubergines, leeks, carrots, lettuce, onions, squash and all kinds of cabbage (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, …). But if there is a star product that nature gives us these days, these are the mushrooms, fungis and truffles, find in multiple varieties in our mountains.
The right time to taste these delicatessen.

Discover the complete list of events and happenings and the detail agenda in the Autumn newsletter, and start planning your trip.

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The Land of a Thousand Wines

This tour will take you to the most famous denomination of origin for wines in Spain, often called “The Land of a Thousand Wines”. Few wine regions are as diverse in their landscape as Rioja, just 1 h from Bilbao.
The best time to come, is when Summer declines and grapes are in their best condition to be collected. The Harvest time is a unique experience of colour, smell and taste, what is celebrated with many different Wine Harvest Festivals.

Look at our proposed tour The Land of a Thousand wines or discover the region at your pace with a customized tour.

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