Surround yourself with Basque people and feel as one of them.

This is our experience with Gure Txoko, the oldest gastronomic society in Bilbao. These “clubs” were created in the mid- s. XIX where Basque males met weekly to talk, cook, eat and sing. It was such a privilege that they allowed us to enter this private space where you can only access invited by a member. There, next to the kitchen, from the large and long wooden tables, our group was ...

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Just a dream or a reality?

I closed my eyes for a moment in the SPA and began to dream. We were flying a hot air balloon on a red, yellow and green mantle. In the middle of the field protruded a wine color titanium mass*. When we landed 4x4 vehicles were waiting for us to tour the vineyards accompanied by an oenologist who, under the warm sunshine, let us try different types of grapes. When ...

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Go out for “pintxos”!

The streets of the oldest part of cities like San Sebastian and Bilbao are lined with bars filled with pintxo bars, small finger and bite size mini dishes. This old tradition has evolved to become a mix of mini haute cuisine experiments and traditional cuisine, some even seeking a local specialization in a genre e.g. mushrooms, foie (liver) or anchovies. So it was a joy when our go Basquing host ...

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Under the sea

When you get to a meeting through a fishing village, to locate an old stone watchtower on the sea, you are sure your day is going to be a wet one. After the presentation, the projector raises up and behind it, a giant fish tank appears: the adventure begins! Access to the private part of the Aquarium of San Sebastian is a privilege. Visit the areas where the different marine species are ...

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Crusoe Treasure

You can discover villages where the time has stopped less than 25 km from the Bilbao, symbol of the Contemporary Urbanism and UNESCO Creative City. For me Plentzia means peace and calm. Despite the waves and the bay being whipped up by strong winds in the winter; with waves up to seven meters, the foam seems to clean everything and its pure white color feels so relaxing. Today there is a ...

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Surround yourself with stars *

We opened the evening with a gin and tonic on the Hotel’s rooftop, facing the Guggenheim. We were informed that Eduardo was waiting for us in the lobby and, in 15 minutes, we had reached the side of a mountain, in front of a cube made out of glass and wood: Azurmendi Gourmet. The measured lighting, even industrial, treasured all other stars. We started walking through the garden and visit the ...

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Isozaki, tuna and the Gothic altarpiece

Gehry , Foster, Moneo , Isozaki , Siza, Calatrava ... were the ones who motivated us to pack and travel across the world to Bilbao, UNESCO City of Design. Déformation professionnelle. We were surprised when they took us out of our bubble of Contemporary Urbanism to visit Lekeitio. This little town of about 7,000 people, made us, from the get-go, feel at home. The Tuna Club opened just for us. Eating ...

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I can resist everything except temptation

Suelo seguir esta máxima de Oscar Wilde a menudo, así que cuando en go Basquing nos propusieron inaugurar la temporada de sidra*, intuí que iba a ser un buen plan. Llegamos al caserío**, escondido en un pueblo entre montañas. Al entrar tropezamos con una montaña de vasos anchos de cristal fino. Ya nos habían advertido que teníamos que coger cada uno el nuestro. I usually follow the wits and maxims of Oscar ...

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Maritxu’s Secret, the chestnut seller

LEER EN ESPAÑOL In the Basque Country, the chestnut has been an emblematic part of the landscape and culture for centuries. A stunning image that exceeds 20 meters high, a fruit that has fed generations and a wood that has built farmhouses. For me chestnuts take me to my childhood, my first frost days and Maritxu. Every week with my allowance I looked forward to meeting her. Six chestnuts, please. Slowly, the chestnut ...

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The autumn spirit is here…

Wake up early, wrap up warm and off to the mountains! Picking mushrooms, for me, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The smell of wet leaves, the mist that begins to fade, the noise of the woods upon awakening, the first rays of sunshine, the autumn colours, the hot soup you drink in the morning in the shelter with your friends… And best of all, finding the treasure. Secret slopes where boletus ...

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