Bilbao beyond the Guggenheim Museum

There’s more to Bilbao than the Guggenheim Museum. Not long ago, Bilbao was known only as an industrial city in the north of Spain. Only a few people knew about the city and even fewer came to visit it. The opening of the Guggenheim Museum marked the arrival of travellers from all over the world. […]

Basque Country Spain and France weekend getaway

The Basque Country Spain (and France) is an ideal place to spend a three-day weekend if you like good food and wine, and want to explore the delights of San Sebastian. Here is the itinerary I followed, with recommended hotels, restaurants and wineries. Basque Country France: Day 1 Saint Jean de Luz Fly into Biarritz […]

L’Auberge Basque: great food, rustic hideaway near St. Jean de Luz

L’Auberge Basque is famous gastronomic restaurant and hotel 7 kilometres north of the coastal town of Saint Jean de Luz and 22 kilometres from Biarritz in France. If you are looking for a place to stay in and around Saint Jean de Luz, this is it. Five years ago, Cédric Béchade, chef and owner of […]

Hotel Viura: stunning boutique hotel in Spain’s La Rioja

Hotel Viura is a luxury boutique hotel in Villabuena de Alava, a Basque town in the Rioja wine region of Spain. Unlike many hotels in the area, Hotel Viura is strikingly modern, with rooms stacked up like cubes, contemporary furniture, an elegant gourmet restaurant and a rooftop terrace that affords a panoramic view of the […]