You deserve some indulgence in your life and what better place than in a collection of Spanish regions most notable for their wine and cuisine. Follow your taste buds on this custom-tailored food and wine journey through Spain that will have you sipping wine on a prestigious estate that overlooks the valley in Navarra, Rioja, and the Basque country. Follow the locals to dinner in a city overflowing with celebrated restaurants. Soak in the beauty of artistic masters and meander along the cobblestone...
Gates of the North
The Basque country is remarkably different than the rest of Spain. The locals hold onto their heritage, from language to cuisine, proudly. Bilbao is a modern face on the traditional region yet holds tightly to its historic streets as well. You and your private transfer join up at the airport as your romantic getaway to Spain begins, and you quickly settle into the city surrounded by green hills. The city hums with activity but maintains a relaxed pace that allows locals and visitors to enjoy. The Nervión River runs through the city. The calm current ripples against the risen banks. The mixed aroma of pintxos, smaller plates similar to tapas drifts through the brimming restaurants.
Casco Viejo is the old quarter, filled with atmosphere and boisterous cafes. Independent shops sell quirky and unusual items unique to the city. The heart of the city maintains the seven original streets that Bilbao was founded on dating back to the 15th century. The Gothic Catedral de Santiago was constructed in the 14th century and combines a gothic cloister with stone carvings along the buttresses. The beauty of the cathedral is soft spoken against the backdrop of the historic center. Visit the Guggenheim Museum and find a remarkable structure that breathed life into the once industrial city.
The angled metal façade and elegant windows capture the sun, which allows more natural light to enter the galleries. The museum was constructed in 1997 and does not just display artwork, but is known as a piece of artwork in and of itself. The interior provides a gallery of open space where you can view Jeff Koons’ almost 40-foot tall Highland terrier constructed with thousands of begonias. In the evening, you can find a table waiting for you at Zortziko, a Basque favorite that has more than earned its Michelin Star. The chef is known to bring delicate, modern touches to familiar local dishes. The menu continually changes, which means that your experience will be unique to your visit.
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The Fruit of the Vine
Taking the Camino
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