Bordered by the autonomous communities of Navarra (east), the Bay of Biscay (north), Cantabria (west) and La Rioja (south), the Pyrenees Mountains divides the area from the Basque Country, France to the northeast. The modern autonomous community was established in the year 1979 by the statute of autonomy. Known as El Pais Vasco in Spanish, the Basque Country is a place where the mountain peaks touch the sky and the rocky coves are beaten-up when the Atlantic swells. This city encompasses the provinces of Vizcaya, Alava and Guipuzcoa. Intense cultivation and industrial works go hand in hand in this city. However, the traditional Basque culture has gone through a rapid change by the late twentieth century, due to urban development.
Basque Country is known to home some of finest culinary delights. They are also famous for their avant-garde architecture and naturally set beaches. This autonomous part in Northern Spain is perfect for an all-around visit. The best coastal destinations to visit are San Sebastián, Zarautz and Getxo. The inland cities like Vitoria and Bilbao are exciting too. One of the main tourist’s spots in Bilbao is the Guggenheim Museum, which has received international appreciation. It is followed by Vizcaya suspension bridge, which is listed under the UNESCO World Heritage designation.
Apart from these highlights, the Basque Country is known to have panoramic natural resources of both nature and biosphere reserves. This increases the demand for sports practices and makes the continuing route of Way of Saint James more delightful. Culture lovers flock in during the San Sebastian International Film Festival which takes place in Kursaal Auditorium. You ought to taste some pintxos, on coming here. These are miniature nibbles of ‘haute cuisine’ and are available in almost every restaurant or bar. If there are some authentic drinks to try out, you should taste some wines from the Rioja Alavesa region.