The Basque country is both Spain and France, and neither at the same time: the harsh mountainous region is infamous for its authentic character and culture. As we journey through the coastal town of San Sebastian, we will try at least three dozen variations of pinchos and appreciate the exceptional gastronomy of the world’s award-winning restaurants. We will have the opportunity to explore the Vega Sicilia winery, usually off-limits to tourists, followed by a hike through the town under the guidance of physiotherapist, Christian Hernandez. Finally, refreshed by the powerful Atlantic winds, we will be able to look anew at the contemporary art in the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.
– why scientists are still unable to come to a consensus on the origins of the Basque people;
– what inspired Frank Gehry’s design of the Guggenheim Museum;
– why the Spanish Royal Family has such a strong appreciation for the Vega Sicilia winery;
– how San Sebastian became the gastronomic capital of Europe and what role the Espelette pepper played in this.