Miramar, Donostia – San Sebastián
The Basque Country or Euskadi is located in the Northeast corner of the Cantabrian coastline, bordered on the north with the Atlantic Ocean and France. The Basque Country consists of 3 provinces: Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, whose respective capitals are Vitoria-Gasteiz, Bilbao and Donostia-San Sebastián. The Basque Country spans 7,234 km2 and has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants.
The most populated city is Bilbao, with a population of around 1 million inhabitants within the greater metropolitan area, although the capital of the Basque Country is Vitoria-Gasteiz, currently the Spanish Capital of Gastronomy and awarded the European Green Capital in 2013 thanks to its policies of sustainability and its urban landscape being integrated with the environment.
Laguardia (Rioja Alavesa)
Another major city, Donostia-San Sebastián, is located on the coast and is famous for the International Film Festival. Stars of the silver screen such as Audrey Hepburn, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Brad Pitt and Hugh Jackman have all paraded through this event.
Gastronomy occupies a special place in Basque life, which has resulted in an exquisitely unique cuisine. The region has traditionally been the cradle for great, world-famous chefs, such as Arzak, Berasategui, Aduriz and Subijana. It should be pointed out that Euskadi is the region in the world that boasts the greatest number of prestigious Michelin-star restaurants, the highest gastronomic award at the international level, with a total of 24 stars.
Euskadi has its own language called Euskera, which dates back millennia and is considered to be one of the oldest living languages today. Euskera, along with Spanish, are the two official languages of the region. A unique language and a thousand-year old culture coexist on a day-to-day level alongside modernity, vanguard and innovation. These aspects are infused into all sectors of life in Euskadi, from industry to Basque society itself.
Euskadi is the main industrial area in Spain and has companies and industries. In times past, these companies were committed to giving their products an added value and putting them at forefront of technological innovation. Thanks to these factors and in spite of the challenges that the current markets have imposed on world economies, Euskadi is one of the most prosperous economies on the current global scene. The high scores of GDP per capita, which increased to $43,200 are proof of this economic solidity. This figure is comparable to Switzerland and is greater than countries like Holland and Australia. The Human Development Index, a parameter from the UN that measures the development of societies, was 0.924 in Euskadi, which places it first globally, ahead of Norway (0.894) and Australia (0.864).
In conclusion, all of these references and indicators place Euskadi in an enviable position both in the reliability of its industrial sector and in the cultural attractions that we enjoy. We would like to share these things with you during your visit.