Last summer, the Toronto Guardian published an article by Julia Melcher, who is an absolute jewel. Somehow, this article slipped through the cracks, but we finally came across it, and we thought it’d be a perfect time to share this virtual tour since, at the moment, we can’t leave the house.
It takes you on a tour of the Basque Coast where there is a large concentration of the glamour of our country. It’s true that we’re strong believers in the idea that food, nature, art, and tradition lovers would be more than satisfied by any corner of our land, especially since those who come would be able to discover one of the oldest cultures in Europe that still has managed to not miss the train to modernity. But we’re very aware that that section of coastline from San Sebastian to Biarritz has something extra for those who like a more “cosmopolitan” ambiance.
What’s more, that je ne sais quoi that infuses that stretch between the two resort towns does not prevent travelers, at least those who have an interest in going beyond the obvious, from finding true gems about traditional Basque life and history and enjoying them.
For us, the Toronto Guardian article has something else that’s quite special. The author understood that the Bidassoa, the river that separates the parts of the Basque country under Spanish and French administration, is not a “border”, just a milepost on the way up the Basque Coast.
As she says in the header to the article:
“Basque Country is located in the western Pyrenees, where France borders Spain. The area is home to the Basque people, their language of Euskara, and their own culinary traditions. The area also boasts adorable towns, incredible beaches, and unique architecture. It isn’t like any other place in Spain or France.”
Let’s hope that when things get back to normal, some of her readers might decide to take her up on the idea and pay a visit to our homeland.
Toronto Guardian – 13/8/2019 – Canada
A Torontonian Guide to the Basque Region Where France Meets Spain
If you haven’t heard of Basque Country before, you’re going to want to google that right now. Basque Country is located in the western Pyrenees, where France borders Spain. The area is home to the Basque people, their language of Euskara, and their own culinary traditions. The area also boasts adorable towns, incredible beaches, and unique architecture. It isn’t like any other place in Spain or France.