Accessible holidays at the Basque Country

The Basque Country has a reputation for being a welcoming and open place for people who come to enjoy its many charms. We are people who enjoy life and a large part of this vital and collective enjoyment is due to the wide range of experiences provided by our gastronomy, our landscape and our culture. 

 

We are, therefore, good hosts and not only because we like to show and share what we have. All visitors are welcome, without exception. In terms of accessibility, the Basque Country is at the forefront in Spain, with a cross-cutting accessibility plan that also reaches the field of tourism. In the Tourism 2020 Strategic Plan, quality tourism management, accessibility and sustainability are considered together, since without the sum of the three, there cannot be a truly satisfactory tourism experience. 

 

The first thing we can highlight about the Basque Country is the great diversity of landscapes and tourist experiences that we can enjoy in a territory of just 7,234 km².  Distances are short and thanks to the good road and public transport network the territory can be easily covered. And, therefore, it is possible to enjoy the full range of possibilities and combine them. 

 

Accessible Donostia Tour 07

 

 

Urban Tourism: San Sebastián, Bilbao, Vitoria

 

The three Basque capitals have their own personality and are very different. San Sebastian has been adding to its personality marked by its intrinsic beauty the different layers that have been shaping it over the years. To the bourgeois air that has been preserved since the times of the Belle Époque, is added today the sporting profile with the numerous surfers who snake the waves of the Zurriola beach, the bonvivantism of the streets with bars full of exquisite pintxos or the cultural mark with the great variety of festivals, especially during the summer. There are Donostias for all tastes but the grace, surely, is to enjoy it by combining all its possibilities.

Our Accessible Pintxo Tour in Sebastian  ♥

 

Our Accessible Surf proposal ♥

 

 

 

And what can we say about Bilbao? Its impressive transformation is the subject of study in the best schools of urban planning and architecture in the world. It is enough to take a ride on the boat, which takes us from the center of Bilbao along the estuary to a little ahead of the Puente Colgante in Portugalete, to see the enormous transformation of the capital of Biscay. Since the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has become a great walkway of contemporary architecture, with wonders such as the Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum, the Azkuna Zentroa Alhóndiga or the Euskalduna Conference and Music Palace. Buildings, bridges and squares that surprise locals and visitors alike, designed by internationally renowned architects such as Frank Gehry, César Pelli, Arata Isozaki, Rafael Moneo and Álvaro Siza.

 

Our Bilbao Accessible Tour ♥

 

 

As for Vitoria-Gasteiz, the administrative capital of the Basque Country is known for its commitment to sustainability and the environment. Proof of this are the recognitions as European Green Capital 2012, Global Green City 2019 and the Biosphere Responsible Tourism certification. It has more than 115,000 trees to which we have to add those existing in the parks of the Green Ring, 833 hectares in the surroundings of the capital of Alava, such as Salburua Park, which delight locals and tourists. It also has one of the most beautiful old quarters of the Basque Country, where the well-known Medieval Almond of Vitoria is located, a set of guild streets that make up the oldest part of the city.

 

Vitoria square

Our Vitoria-Gasteiz Accessible Tour ♥

 

Basque Coast

 

The Basque Country looks towards the Cantabrian Sea, with beautiful fishing villages that wind along its 176 km of coastline. One of the most spectacular places is undoubtedly the Flysch Route that covers the towns of Zumaia, Deba and Mutriku, and where geology is the main protagonist as 60 million years look at us through the coastline. For those who enjoy the sea in its sporting aspect there are many places to enjoy. One of the best known is undoubtedly Mundaka, in the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai, 40 km from Bilbao. Surf lovers are hooked on its well-known left wave. The wave arises in the bar of Mundaka and ends at the beach of Laida, with winds from the south-southwest, and can reach 4 meters high and 400 meters long. Its tube shape gives it an added value.

 

Vineyards in Rioja Alavesa 

 

For those who prefer the calm of inland landscapes, the Basque Country has a unique place: the Rioja Alavesa. A territory of vineyards and charming villages such as Laguardia, Elciego or Bastida where you can taste the wines of the land in the many wineries that organize guided tours: savor the landscape, savor the life of the villages and savor the wines. 

Our Rioja Alavesa Accessible Tour ♥

 

That’s what it’s all about when we decide to take a trip. To enjoy and learn. For this, in Bask for All we have a wide range of routes and adapted experiences as well as hotel establishments throughout the Basque Country for visitors with special needs. Because we like to be good hosts, we show our customers the accessible Basque Country that we have built together and that we continue to build. 

 

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