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Basque Country

This central pocket of northern Spain creeps over the western Pyrenees and boasts mountains soaring to the sky as well as quaint fishing villages, cosmopolitan cities and beautiful beaches. You’ll notice a different pace to life here, and sometimes a different language too, with some locals speaking Basque, a language that dates back to pre-Roman times. In fact, many locals don’t even consider this region to be part of Spain at all. Explore the coastal city of San Sebastian, an epicurean mecca, where you’ll find bars serving delicious morsels called pintxos, then travel inland, to Vitoria, the capital of the region, or Bilbao, famed for the architectural wonder of the Guggenheim Museum and discover what makes this slice of Spain so special.