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    Around the soccer program we will organize excursions, cultural and recreational activities to make this experience something unforgettable, combining the improvement and practice of the sport with the necessary leisure space to exchange experiences and to enjoy the culture and customs of this spectacular country.

    On our tours
    we will explore the roots of Basque history and get a sense of what the Basques possess that has allowed them to be known as Europe's oldest civilization.

    We'll sample their world famous cuisine, visit their coastal fishing villages from which innumerable voyagers launched off into the unknown in search of discovery, we'll not only stay in some of the Basque country's most beautiful coastal and mountain villages, we'll also enjoy the vibrant cities of Bilbao (visiting the Guggenheim Museum), San Sebastian (a city perfectly interfaced with its coastal and hilly setting), Pamplona (we'll learn why it was Hemingway's favorite getaway) and Rioja Alavesa (history, culture and internationally well known Rioja wines and wineries).

    Jai-Alai   Festivals

    Bermeo Itinerary,
    This day weíll be visiting the following cities:

    Gernika-Lumo, symbol of Basque rights and peace, has many attractive sports that are necessary to visit. Located in Busturialdea region, in the historical territory of Bizkaia, the village is home to an exceptional architectural heritage and a perfect starting point for day trips to Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, an exceptional place formed by wide sandy areas.

    During the Spanish Civil War Gernika-Lumo was completely destroyed by German Air Force's Condor Legion, on April 26, 1937, and The Peace Museum as well as "The Guernica" painting by Pablo Picasso, remains us the bombing. In fact, in 2003 Gernika-Lumo was awarded the "City of Peace" prize given by UNESCO, and it is also member of the World Association of Martyr Towns.

    The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserva stands at the centre of this exceptional area that was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1984. The estuary consists of twelve kilometers sand banks where salt and fresh water merge, forming the most important wetland of the Basque Autonomous Region. The setting is of great international significance since many strange migratory bird species take a rest or spend the winter there, such as the grey heron, the cormorant, the tern, the spoonbill and a great number of waders, which live on animals that can be found buried or semi-buried in the mud and sand.

    Bermeo itinerary II,
    Within the Urdaibia Biosphere Reserve, there are two inland places we must visit: SantimamiÒe Caves (no public access) and Oma Forest. The caves created in the surrounding area by the dissolution of the limestone were home to prehistoric hunters. One of these caves is SantimamiÒe, located in Kortezubi, a magnificent example of cave painting that depicts the animals those prehistoric men hunted. Other caves contain material (bones, tools) left behind by their inhabitants.


    The Oma Forest is located in the surroundings of the same town. This enchanted forest establishes a new relationship between nature and art. On painting hundreds of pine trees with color and life, artist AugustÌn Ibarrola has created an enormous canvas that visitors can rearrange at will, just by playing with the different perspectives while walking through the trees.

    Our next stop will be Mundaka, epicenter for the best surfers in the world. From its viewpoints, we will have a wonderful panoramic view of the Gernika Estuary, the Cantabrian Sea and the nearby Izaro Island.

    Bermeo Itinerary III,

    Continuing on the BI-3101 road we lead Bermeo, is the most important fishing port of the Basque Country, which core is located at the picturesque port, origin of steep narrow streets. Since its foundation in 1239, Bermeo has had a rich history. Testimony to this is the collection of monuments in town We should pay a visit to the hermitage of Santa Eufemia and the Museo del Pescador (Fisherman's Museum), which is situated in the tower of Ercilla, the ancestral home of the author of 'La Araucana' epic poem.

    Port of Bermeo   San Juan "The Rock"

    San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

    (Basque: Gaztelugatxeko Doniene) is a tiny island on the coast of Basque Country belonging to the municipality of Bermeo. It is connected to the mainland by a man made bridge. On top of the island stands a hermitage, dedicated to San Juan, which dates from the 10th century.


    Bakio is a little but pretty town located on the coast a few miles from San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Famed locally for its stunning beach with steep cliffs but golden sands and his international surf tournament.


    SAN SEBASTIAN Itinerary
    This day weíll be visiting the following cities:

    One of the nicest walk which can be made is the one along the Basque Coast. Within the 55 km which separates San Sebasti·n from Biscay, we find several towns, each as beautiful as the other -Deba, Zumaia, Guetaria, Zarautz, Orio and San Sebastian- all are delightful sea villages. This is the coast road, which allows admiring the splendor of the landscapes surrounding these towns.

    Deba offers a fine beach lined by a leafy promenade. Across the mouth of the river is Ondarbeltz Beach, in the borough of Mutriku; and on the rocks of Punta Mendata, in Aitzuri cove, is the unspoiled beach of Zakoneta.

    Located at the mouth of the River Urola, this town has two beautiful beaches: Santiago, where is the painter Zuloaga Museum; and Itzurun, a splendid natural spot on one of the many cliffs along the Basque coast. Other places of interest are: the sculptor Beobide Museum, San Miguel de Artadi, with a view over the fertile plain of the Urola, Oikina, Bedua and its shipyard, and Narrondo.

    A charming, genuine fishing village. A fishing port. A visit to its old part as well as a stroll through its streets is a must. Places of interest are: San Salvador parish church and its votive offering, "Nuestra SeÒora de la Piedad" hermitage in the unusual subway of Katrapona, below the church, the Town Hall, Larrumbide House, as well as other houses with family crests. Monument to Juan Sebasti·n Elcano, which was originally to have been erected on what used to be called San AntÛn Island (the mouse of Getaria). Mount San AntÛn, a public park, was named after the old hermitage located there. In the past, it was a strategic spot for watching whales come in, as well as being a fantastic vantage point over the two beaches in Getaria: Gaztetape and Malkorbe-Aundi.

    Guetaria   Mouse of Guetaria

    It has a beautiful and popular beach. A visit to the old part with its narrow streets, its typical spots, restaurants, its attractive palaces and fortified house such as Narros, Torreluzea, Portu (the present Town Hall), Makatza, and Santa MarÌa La Real church, close by the old town centre.

    Zarauz Beach   Zarauz

    San Sebastian itinerary II

    San Sebastian (Donostia in the Basque language) is the true treasure of Basque resorts, setting itself apart from the mainstream beach resorts. A summer capital of Spain, it is here where the Belle Špoque (beautiful era) lives on. Ideally situated on an excellent spot on the Bay of Biscay, it's surrounded by verdant mountains. From June to September, the population swells as droves of Spanish bureaucrats head to this elegant resort to escape the heat. It is a bustling city with a population of 185,000 inhabitants, some 16,500 of whom are university students, being the cultural capital of the Basque country as well. San Sebastian is an ideal first-stop for trips to some of the Basque country's most captivating towns.

    San Sebastian   Old quarter

    With its blend of cosmopolitan style and old-world ambience, San Sebastian is the perfect summer getaway. The smell, taste, sight, sound and feel of rural life is still fresh in San Sebasti·n, where one can experience the perfect relaxation that is craved for, especially by those used to a hectic lifestyle. The area attracts tourists with its three lovely beaches: the laid-back Ondaretta, the casual and friendly Playa de Gros, and the popular Playa de la Concha.

    Playa de la Concha is San Sebasti·n's most popular beach and the largest for summertime swimming and sunbathing. Playa de la Concha looks out onto a sparkling bay and is surrounded by a lush, rolling countryside. As evening strikes, the beach is bejeweled with white lights, including along the path that lines the beach and the statue of Jesus that stands high above the city, overlooking everything. Reflecting off the water, the beach has an enchanting mood at night. During the day, water sports, including canoeing, kayaking, and sail boating, are the popular activity. La Concha also has a lovely promenade where you can take relaxing strolls after a healthy meal.

    View of La Concha

    LA RIOJA ALAVESA Itinerary

    Rioja Alavesa
    Its geographic location, climatology and type of earth make this land an ideal place to cultivate the grapes used for the production of this "gods' drink": the tempranillo, the graciano, the garnacha... Rioja Alavesa red wine is always valued; excellent as young wine, it gets top quality levels as crianza, reserva or gran reserva.

    Laguardia is the nerve centre of the region, the wine's capital city. From this town we have access to every villages and wineries of Rioja Alavesa. We can also visit the Wine Thematic Centre, Villa LucÌa. But wine is not the only attraction in this walled town. Every street and corner keeps its medieval origin. Thanks to its stately houses and its two fortified churches from the 12th century, Santa Maria de los Reyes Church and San Juan Church, visitors will come back to the past.

    Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa)   Winery

    This strange felling of being in past Èpoques can be also felt in most of towns of Rioja Alavesa. Near Laguardia, in the archeological settlement of La Hoya, we will travel back to the Iron Age (1200-250 b. C.) to know the lifestyle of those first settlers. In Elvillar/Bilar, moreover, we will find older rests, like the dolmen named "La Chabola de la Hechicera" (Sorceress' hut), which dates from around 2100 b. C.

    Back in the present time, we can mention the interesting fusion between gastronomy and modern architecture we can observe in La Rioja Alavesa. Prestigious architects have designed new installations for some wineries, such as Ysios winery in Laguardia, a work by Santiago Calatrava, author of the Loiu airport or the City of the Arts and Sciences of Valencia. On the other hand, Frank Gehry, famous architect, father of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, has created the new installations of Marques de Riscal winery, in Elciego.

    Heredad de Ugarte winery   La Torre Abacial

     This program is sponsored by:
    The Basque

    Club Deportivo

    Foral de Alava

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