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On The Road: Two Weeks in Basque Country


Last month, I polled Parla Food readers to see where I should travel and eat for two weeks. After a week of voting, Basque Country came out on top and now here I am in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the region and home to the Basque Parliament. I have a hotel booked here for one night, but the rest of the itinerary is completely up in the air. I would love to hear your suggestions for places to go, things to eat, markets to frequent, and people to meet as I make my way through northeastern Spain and southwestern France. What out of the way village should I visit? What obscure food should I make sure to eat? Where are the most traditional pintxos? And the most creative? Feel free to leave a comment here, on the Parla Food Facebook page, or reach out to me on twitter (@katieparla). I will also be posting regularly to Facebook and twitter so you can follow the journey.

Mamma Parla dancing with the locals in Parque de la Florida, Vitoria-Gasteiz

I am thrilled to announce that I will have an amazing travel companion: Mamma Parla. She keeps referring to herself as my intern, but I think co-investor or pork-addict-in-crime are more appropriate titles. And if we are very lucky, she will agree to write a guest post, in which case she will be a bonafide co-author!

I look forward to all your input and sharing the results!

2017-02-17T15:26:59+00:00 June 27th, 2011|Categories: Basque Country, Culture, Spain, Travel|10 Comments


  1. Kitty June 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Cheesecake from La Vina in San Sebastian.
    Try to avoid the Camino di Santiago route through bedbug land.. we did it last year and I’m still scratching
    I would go back for that cheesecake though xxx

  2. Angie June 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Wish I had some good suggestions for you but I don’t really know the area well… which is partly why I can’t wait to read about your adventures. This sounds like an awesome trip! Have a good time!

  3. Baska June 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I’m a Basque from Bilbao living in the U.S. There’s not much in terms of outstanding food in Gasteiz. Head out to Donostia-San Sebastian and Bilbao. In terms of sightseeing in Vitoria, check out the old cathedral. You should also visit the 2,500 plus old “dolmenes” (chromlechs) of Sorginetxe and Aizkomendi just outside the town of Salvatierra.

    For great food off the beaten path, visit the Restaurante Akebaso, located a small hamlet called Atxondo, in the mountains about 40 kms outside Bilbao: http://akebasorestaurante.com. There is also a cute rural hotel called Mendi Goikoa just up the road from Akebaso: http://www.mendigoikoa.com

    The best pintxos you will find in the Old Town of Donostia. Lots of Michelin-star restaurants around that area as well. In terms of what Americans would consider “weird” food, try “txipirones en su tinta” and “kokotxas de merluza al pil-pil.”

    Well, I could write and write for ten pages, but this is your blog…

    Have fun in the Basque Country! Ondo pasa!

  4. Aboutbc June 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Greetings from the Basque Country

    Una norteamericana explorará el País Vasco durante las próximas dos semanas, por ¡¡¡¡votación popular!!!!


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  7. Katie June 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    @Kitty fantastic! ill be sure to check out that cheesecake and to avoid bed bugs. i once got devoured by them in tunisia and i never want to go through that again!!

    @Angie i hope i come up with some good stuff for you to read. im sure i cannot do basque country justice in 2 weeks but i shall do my best!

    @Baska thanks for the tips! i think i ate 10 kilos of bacalao al pil-pil in bilbao. now it is merluzas turn:) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE write for 10 pages. we are going to Donostia for 3 days and can use all the advice we can get. id love your input!!! we are most interested in pintxos. what are your favorite places in donostia? Agur!

    @AboutBC thanks for the lovely coverage on your blog! i really appreciate it. do you have a favorite place for pintxos in donostia?? ciao!

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  9. Shannon Kircher April 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Very fun! We spent a week in Basque Country last year, exploring the French and Spanish sides and LOVED it! So much great food and wine, plus such a cool vibe and beautiful landscapes!

  10. Lo Mejor del País Vasco June 9, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Kaixo Katie!

    Esperamos, volver a verte por el País Vasco, y mostrarte muchos más rincones, que estamos seguros de que encantarán. Nosotros, ofrecemos un guía de lujo, con los mejores restaurantes, hoteles, y muchas cosas más, sobre Euskadi.

    Será un placer, volver a verte, y mostrarte muchos más lugares.

    Un abrazo,

    Lo Mejor del País Vasco

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