In northern Spain, stretching towards the border to France and the regions Navarra and La Rioja, you'll find beautiful views of the rolling mountains – this is the Spanish area of the Basque Country. This autonomous region of Spain boasts fantastic vineyards, with locally produced Rioja and Txakoli wines finding their way to most tables. Indeed, the Basque Country is incredibly proud of its cuisine, and holidaymakers and visitors to rentals here will no doubt appreciate this greatly. The cuisine here reflects the geography of the area, with seafood being especially prevalent in the east in the Atlantic Bay of Biscay, and vegetables and cured meats coming out of the Ebro Valley between the mountains. Foodies should take advantage of this – stop by a local market to buy the ingredients and return to your self catering Basque Country holiday home to try your own hand at the local cuisine. Pair with a bottle of Rioja and enjoy it on the terrace of your Basque Country holiday rental property later that night, or even relaxing in the pool, while watching the view of the sun setting over the Atlantic – this is the stuff dreams are made of. For those who'd like to discover all different styles of spanish cuisine, visit Barcelona and try out Catalonia's delicious Crema Catalana, or maybe you fancy a nice, chilled bowl of Gazpacho during your stay in sunny Seville? Further east, Galicia is famous for its Pulpo a la Gallega, a delicious dish of octopus flavoured with paprika, and each year in August an Octopus Festival is celebrated in Ourense which is an unusual experience not to be missed!
Basque Country holiday rentals – a beach break or a city trip to Bilbao...or both!
Now the wealthiest region in Spain, the Basque Country has plenty of sights to offer its visitors, and also plenty of fine private accommodation, such as rural villas and cottages in the countryside, apartments in Bilbao and holiday villas in the Basque Country with waterfront views. The largest city in the Basque Country is Bilbao, and visitors will definitely want to stop here to view the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum. This modern, wavy, titanium-sided building has been credited with revitalizing the Basque Country's tourism, as visitors from all over the world flock to Bilbao to see this new and unique structure in person. Holiday lettings such as an apartment in Bilbao near the centre provide a great way to explore the city and still enjoy the comfort and privacy you want. You can also head north to the French part of the Basque Country and see the beautiful town Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Wonderful conditions for water sports - Basque Country
If having fun in the water is more to your liking, head towards Zarautz, a coastal town on the Atlantic Coast that boasts the longest beach in the Basque Country. Here, visitors will find a variety of Basque Country holiday apartments and homes along the waterfront, the perfect place to stay while enjoying the Atlantic waves on the beach for a week. The wavy sea is ideal for both surfers and windsurfers, and in recent years a number of surfing schools have cropped up to teach newcomers the sport. Another top surfing spot to book rentals is on the beach in Portugal, in Costa Verde. Fishing and boating opportunities also abound along the beaches of the Basque Country. No matter how you choose to spend your vacation in Spain, you will find the right accommodation for you. Choose the perfect rental property from the selection of Basque Country holiday homes, apartments, villas and cottages that this region offers – book you rental property soon and start dreaming about your getaway. Have a good time!