País Vasco (Spanish for ‘Basque Country’) is a stranger to mass tourism. This is despite architecture fans and lovers of gourmet cuisine getting their money’s worth in Spanish Basque Country. For them, here are my tips for a circle tour of the Basque Country — with a detour into the Rioja region.
Before Katja and I embark on our journey, people keep asking us “where exactly is Basque Country”?
The Basque Country is an autonomous region in the north of Spain. It borders on the Atlantic’s Bay of Biscay and shares a border with French Basque Country to the north in southwest France.
Following below is an overview and highlights of our circle trip by rental car through Spanish Basque Country, with a side excursion to La Rioja wine country that borders it on the south.