THINGS TO DO IN BASQUE COUNTRY IN AUGUST:
ENJOY LOCAL FESTIVITIES: Vitoria: Virgen Blanca Festivities
Date: 04/08/2018 – 09/08/2018
On August 4th thousands will gather at the plaza de la Virgen Blanca Square in order to enjoy the beginning of the most important fiestas of Alava’s capital. The descent of Celedon, popular and emblematic figure of the city, takes place at 6pm.
The extensive programme includes food fairs and craft fairs, plenty of activities for the little kiddies, spectacular fireworks, tastings, concerts by well-known bertsolaris
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Semana Grande in San Sebastián
Date: 11/08/2018 – 18/08/2018
The Semana Grande (Big Week) of San Sebastián begins each year with the traditional Cañonazo (Cannon shot), which is launched from Alderdi Eder, and the interpretation of the Artillero (artilleryman) song.
One of the most important elements of the Semana Grande is, without a doubt, the International Fireworks Contest, which includes the participation of companies from different parts of the world.
Semana Grande of Bilbao
Date: 18/08/2018 – 26/08/2018
Over nine days, festivities will take over the city streets and thousands of people will meet on the streets to enjoy the good atmosphere and the numerous cultural activities available on the festivities’ programme.
This year the fiestas will kick off on Aug. 18th to finish on Aug. 26th. Following the mythical “txupinazo” (burst of fireworks that announces the start of the festivities) and the opening speech, the peculiar Marijaia, symbol of the festivities, will look out of the balcony of the Arriaga Theatre to give way to the celebrations. On the last day of the festivities, Marijaia will once more be the leading figure.
TASTE THE BEST PINTXOS IN BILBAO:
Pintxos are true culinary treasures in the Basque country, they are finger-food bites usually prepared with typical local products: hake, cod, anchovies, baby squid, mushrooms, etc. Starting at 12:00 or 1:00, the bars will begin to lay out fabulous spreads. Order a “tinto” (red wine) or “blanco” (white wine) and point to your choice of pintxos. Have lunch or a snack, and revel in the quintessential Basque pastime of eating.
ENJOY THE BEST BEACHES:
The range of beaches in the Basque Country is so wide that the first thing that you will have to do is decide what you fancy doing most: sunbathing, swimming, surfing or relaxing in a protected and well preserved environment. There are city beaches that are perfect for families, sheltered from the full force of the wild seas, like La Concha in San Sebastián, the beaches of Gorliz and Plentzia or Isuntza in Leketitio, if you are in Biscay. Equally diverse and well equipped are the beaches of Hondarribia, Karraspio in Mendexa, Arrigunaga and Ereaga in Getxo, La Arena in Muskiz and Zierbena, Ea, Santiago in Zumaia, Malkorbe in Getaria, Deba and Arrigorri in Ondarroa, to name just a few.