Semana Santa in Basque Country

Semana Santa means no school or private classes, so Arianna and I packed our bags and headed to Basque Country for their famous Basque cuisine and architecture.

Our trip began in Bilbao – I was excited to see the Guggenheim Museum and other famous buildings/sculptures the city has to offer.

Processions of Bilbao

I went to Andalusia for my first Semana Santa in Spain and was shocked by the huge processions that take place in the south. I now have a tendency to compare the processions to those of the South, and find myself thinking that they are so tiny in comparison – yet beautiful nonetheless.

Those who take part in the processions wear hats called capuces which cover their faces to ensure that only God sees them.

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The last part of our trip took place in San Sebastián. We didn’t do much other than eat and drink txakoli. Our favorite bars were:

  • Bar Borda Berri – their risotto de idiazabal and carrillera de ternera were absolutely amazing
  • La Viña – Famous for their cheesecake! It was so good we went back one more time before leaving San Sebastián (and this comes from two girls that don’t typically like cheesecake)
  • Bar Sport – Great pintxo’s, nice waiters 🙂

We woke up early our last day to walk around the city and see the breathtaking view from Monte Igueldo. We walked nearly an hour along Playa de la Concha and then took the trolley car up to the top.

The cathedral of San Sebastián
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Monte Igueldo