Basque Country History & Architecture

Anchovies Maisor: Keeping local traditions alive

Share In the tiny coastal village of Getaria, the fishing industry is present in nearly every facet of life. In the local port, which is dominated by large fishing boats and the Salanort Fish Factory, it is easy to miss the tiny gourmet fish shop off to the side. Sorkunde Iribar began Anchovies Maisor 15…

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Pamplona traditions: Running of the Bulls

Share A sea of runners in red and white flood the narrow cobblestone streets as thousands of feet pound the uneven pathways. The July sun bears down, streaming in between the rooftops. As they round a sharp left-hand turn, known as dead man’s corner, a runner slips. Six bulls barrel the bend, and there’s only…

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Basque Culture: A Modern Mystery

Share No one knows from where they came. Their language has no origin. Their history wasn’t recorded until 1600. They are the Basques. The Basque homeland lies near the western Pyrenees Mountains, bordering France and Spain. It’s made up of the Spanish communities of the Basque Country and Navarra and the Northern Basque Country in…

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Flamenco: Unwavering art of Spanish culture

Share Embedded in the Gypsy community of Andalusia, flamenco remains an unwavering part of Spanish culture. Here, young girls begin lessons at age six or seven, and parents pass down tales of famous Spanish dancers, sharing stories and the meaning of flamenco between generations.   But, as professional dancers enchant tourists with smoldering gazes, vigorous…

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Casa de Labores: Century of history in every thread

Share Casa de Labores, or Eskulanen Etxea in the Basque language, has an unassuming window display of yarn and knitted baby clothes that entice knitting fanatics inside. The Aldalur sisters, Marga, Inés and Gotzone, and their mother Kontxi, own the store and are proud of the rich heritage of Casa de Labores. In a side…

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Exploring Navarra with a Pamplona native

Exploring Navarra with a Pamplona native

Share Yesterday was an unexpected luxury with a true Pamplona native. Isabel Carrillo de Albornoz, the manager of the hotel at the Monasterio de Leyre, kindly picked up two other Alpine Living staff members and me at our hotel this morning on her way to work. The 30 minute drive through the Pyrenees mountains took…

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