Basque Country2020-01-28T06:27:19+00:00

Project Description

Basque Country

21 — 26 MAY 2019

San Sebastian, the royal winery and modern art

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.

The Basque Country is the least Spanish part of Spain. Even the language spoken here (Euskara) is completely different. A total of eight restaurants in San Sebastian account for fifteen Michelin stars. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao contains one of the best collections of modern art in the country.

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The Basque Country is the least Spanish part of Spain. Even the language spoken here (Euskara) is completely different. A total of eight restaurants in San Sebastian account for fifteen Michelin stars. The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao contains one of the best collections of modern art in the country.

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WE WILL DISCOVER:

– 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.