In this, the most complete guidebook to the Spanish and French Basque Country and Navarre, Murray Stewart covers the principal cities – rejuvenated Bilbao, beautiful San Sebastián, verdant Vitoria-Gasteiz, atmospheric Bayonne and lively Pamplona – and also delves deeper into the region's interior, capturing the quirkiness that makes it so special. With 35 maps, 16 walks and advice on where to cycle, horse-ride and surf, he guides travellers through an area whose profile is firmly on the up. Find the best pintxos (Basque tapas), the finest chuletón (beef chop) and the freshest fish. From elegant Biarritz via the French Basque Pyrenees and all the way to the Navarran ‘badlands' of the Bardenas Reales, we take you to fascinating, less-visited places. Here are the best festivals, including Pamplona's famous bull-running San Fermín. Learn how the handing-over of three cows has kept the peace for centuries, or where you can see the annual ‘Benediction of the Red Pepper'. Join the walkers on the caminos de Santiago, the pilgrim routes that still sustain the local economy 1,000 years after they began. Find information on unique Basque and Navarran wines, top birdwatching sites, history, music, sports and culture, and when makes the best time to visit.
About Stewart, Murray
An excellent French-and Spanish-speaker, rtavel writer Murray Stewart has worked in Northern Spainas a business consultant and taught English in Chile and Mexico. For part ofthe year, he lives in southern France. A diehard pilgrim, he has twice trekkedover 1200 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela, passing slowly through both theFrench and Spanish Basque regions, as well as Navarre, on his way. He has also extensivelytoured the western Pyrenees and Navarre by bicycle. Recently pursuing a moresedate passion for classic cars, in 2014 he bought a 1970s Seat 600 in SanSebastián and drove it half way across France.