In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, Murray Stewart covers the principal cities - rejuvenated Bilbao, beautiful San Sebastian, verdant Vitoria-Gasteiz, atmospheric Bayonne and lively Pamplona - and also delves deeper into the region's interior, capturing the quirkiness that makes it so special. With 35 maps, 16 walks and advice on where to cycle, horse-ride and surf, he guides travellers through an area whose profile is firmly on the up. Find the best pintxos (Basque tapas), the finest chuleton (beef chop) and the freshest fish.
From elegant Biarritz via the French Basque Pyrenees and all the way to the Navarran 'badlands' of the Bardenas Reales, we take you to fascinating, less-visited places. Here are the best festivals, including Pamplona's famous bull-running San Fermin. Learn how the handing-over of three cows has kept the peace for centuries, or where you can see the annual 'Benediction of the Red Pepper'. Join the walkers on the caminos de Santiago, the pilgrim routes that still sustain the local economy 1,000 years after they began.
Find information on unique Basque and Navarran wines, top birdwatching sites, history, music, sports and culture, and when makes the best time to visit.
About the Author
An excellent French and Spanish-speaker, travel writer Murray Stewart has worked in Northern Spain as a business consultant and taught English in Chile and Mexico. For part of the year, he lives in southern France. A diehard pilgrim, he has twice trekked over 1200 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela, passing slowly through both the French and Spanish Basque regions, as well as Navarre, on his way.
He has also extensively toured the western Pyrenees and Navarre by bicycle. Recently pursuing a more sedate passion for classic cars, in 2014 he bought a 1970s Seat 600 in San Sebastian and drove it half way across France.
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Introduction PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1: Background information Geography & Climate, Natural History & Environment, History, Basque Country Today, Culture, Festivals & Traditions, Basque Cuisine Chapter 2: Practical information When To Visit, Highlights, Itineraries, Visas and paperwork, Getting There & Away, Getting Around, Health & Safety, Money, Accommodation, Eating & Drinking, Activities, Family Travel, Disabled Travel, Gay travel, Fetes & Festivals, Public Holidays, Media & Communications, Shopping, Tourist Offices & information, Travelling Positively PART TWO: THE GUIDE Chapter 3: Bilbao & Around Bilbao, Around Bilbao, West of Bilbao, Durango & around, The coast east of Bilbao Chapter 4: San Sebastian/Donostia & Around San Sebastian/Donostia, East to France, The coast west of San Sebastian, Inland from San Sebastian Chapter 5: Vitoria-Gasteiz & Around Vitoria-Gasteiz, Around Vitoria, North of Vitoria, West of Vitoria, Rioja Alavesa Chapter 6: Biarritz & the French Basque Coast Biarritz, Anglet, Bayonne, South down the coast to St-Jean-de-Luz, St-Jean-de-Luz & Ciboure, South along the coast to Spain, Inland from the coast Chapter 7 St-Jean-Pied-de-Port & Around St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Around St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Aldudes Valley Chapter 8 The Soule & the French Basque Pyrenees Mauleon & around, Tardets-Sorholus & Around, The French Basque Pyrenees Chapter 9: Pamplona & Navarran Pyrenees Pamplona/ Iruna, Around Pamplona, Sanguesa & Around, The Navarran Pyrenees Chapter 10: Olite & Southern Navarra Olite & around, La Ribera, West of Olite & the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Chapter 11: Hiking in the Basque Country & Navarra Chapter 12: Surfing in the Basque Country Appendix 1: Language Appendix 2: Further Reading Index
Series: Bradt Travel Guide. the Basque Country & Navarre
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 5th April 2016
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.37