Spain: Basque Country and Rioja Valley

Planning our Fall holiday, we wanted to go to Spain, but not the "usual" places. This led us to the Basque region and Rioja Valley, where we spent a week over Thanksgiving. Although located within the borders of Spain, the Basque region bordering the Atlantic ocean is a completely unique culture, with its own language and heritage. Signs throughout the beautiful cities of Basque - in Getxo, Bilbao, Guernica, San Sebastian and others -- proclaim their desire for independence. On the other side of the intimidating mountain range separating Basque from the rest of Spain, the Rioja Valley unfolds across fertile plains. Wine region!


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