This land here is mystical. An ethereal country side preserved in time. The lush beauty, authentic culture, and rooted people of northern Spain make the Basque Country one of the most unique and amazing places on our planet. The people here have been able to preserve their vernacular throughout generations. Even till this day the Basque culture is very much alive and the language is still prevalent even in the busiest parts of the city.
Bilbao, a city renown for the architecture and perhaps the heart of the Basque country, is sprinkled with civic buildings designed by some of the world’s top architects. The urban district is conveniently walking friendly and modest in size, one can navigate the city’s sites in the matter of a day. Everything from the city’s infrastructure to the luxury flats would stand out as highlights in an architectural atlas. Norman Foster, Arata Isozaki, Santiago Calatrava, and Frank Gehry are only a few of the names of the world class architects that have had a hand in shaping the modern city. The contemporary architectural pieces woven into the fabric of this historical European city make fro a truly grand urban experience.
The emerald countryside reaches up towards the mountains; a short drive from the city center. The further you navigate towards the rural landscape the fewer people you encounter. The Spanish language becomes more disperse as the people here speak in the native Basque language. The country people live out simple lives, tending to the land and forever perfect their ancient crafts. The country people are a proud kin, their trades and pleasures characterized in their creations. The Pintoxs, cheeses, and coffee here are incredible. Fresh from the land and made with skillful dexterity.
The air is brisk, a thick fog rolls across the mountainside. It’s hard not to feel a sense of belonging in these lands. Even as a foreigner traveling from afar, a sense of nostalgia resonates in the air. The horizon is brushed with lilac skies. From high up you can look down to the strewn coastal fishing villages. Boats perched comfortably in the harbor. There’s hardly any people in these villages, it seems like no one lives here. The ocean seems to glisten here more than it does anywhere else. The sun sparkling across the calm sea. The Basque music is cheerful and uplifting. Joyful vocals harmonizing with dancing instrumentals. It’s no wonder the people here seem so blissful and at ease.
The Basque Country is a place out of a dream. The people, the food, and lack of tourist, all come together to make a truly magnificent experience.