San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
Destination GuideBasque Country, Navarra & La Rioja
Basque Country, Navarra & La Rioja
There is no doubt that this region on the frontier between Spain and France is unique. Firstly because – in the case of the Basque Country – it is split between those two sovereign states, and secondly because it has its own language, Euskara, which is in no way related to Latin tongues. The fact that it is also the only part of Spain that was little affected by invasion also contributed to the strongly separatist character of the area. The Basque Country is known for its fabulous beaches, the modern architecture of its cities and its excellent cuisine. Navarre, meanwhile, celebrates Spanish traditions in grand style, while La Rioja is known for its fabulous wines and medieval heritage. All this is set in a predominately green landscape, with the high Pyrenees in the background.