Travel Industry media were treated to an interactive gastronomy experience which offered a taste of the Spanish region’s Basque culture and local produce.
The event, hosted by Bilbao Bizkaia, in collaboration with the Spanish Tourist Office and Spanish airline, Vueling, transported diners through the city, coast and mountainscapes of the destination highlighting key reasons to visit along the way.
Diners were treated to an array of traditional Basque dishes including salty anchovy Basque snack pintxos, not to be confused with tapas, Chistorra, a fast-cured sausage, Marmitako tuna stew and delicate salt cod Bacalao al pil-pil. Dishes were washed down with wine pairings including vintages by Crusoe Treasuer which is an underwater winery.
The Bilbao region has plenty of reasons to visit in 2023. The Guggenheim Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Pablo Picasso this year and the Basque city will host the start of the 110th Tour de France on Saturday 1 July 2023.
Other highlights include San Juan de Gaztelugatxe or ‘rock castle over the sea’ which was used as Dragonstone, home of Daenerys Targaryen in the television series Game of Thrones.
Clients can also visit Salto del Nervion, Spain’s Highest Free-Leaping Waterfall, the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, the only biosphere reserve in the Basque Country and experience traditional Basque music and culture throughout the region.
Speaking at the event, Pedro Medina Asensio, Director Spanish Tourist board, said: “We are keen to showcase how diverse Spain is and the Basque region, with its unique culture, language and culinary scene, is a perfect example of Spain’s appeal beyond the beaches.”