If you visit the Basque Country, you will discover cities rich in history. Full of ancient monuments, churches and other historic buildings, the region also has strong traditions and culture through all its small typical villages, its various museums and its unmissable gastronomy of pintxos and seafood.
The Basque Country represents a nice destination for team building and incentives thanks to this strong and original culture that just wait to be discovered and enjoyed but also for the multiple activities available. Here are some examples of what you can do with your team in this exciting region:
- The route of the cider:
Cider houses are usually farmhouses which have all necessary installations to produce and bottle the cider. They also hold enough space to place some barrels and tables, where guests can enjoy their specialties. During the cider season (January-April) many Basques visit the cider houses to practice the traditional “txotx”, a beautiful and curious ritual. The owner of the cider house chooses a “kupela” (barrel) and shouts “Txotx!” inviting all guests to taste the cider. It is possible to drink as much cider as you want, there’s no limit!
Most traditional cider houses are located about 100 km from Bilbao. You will take the road towards Astigarraga, Gipuzkoa’s capital of cider which has about twenty cider houses where you can taste cider and typical food. Then, you will continue your way up to Santiagomendi. It is an area dominated by very old farmhouses with ancient presses and equipment to make cider. Road up, you will get to the Hermitage of Santiago, located on the Coastal Way of the Saint James to enjoy matchless views from here.
- Lighthouses route:
The whole coast of Gipuzkoa in front of you! From Donostia-San Sebastián to the west, until Mutriku and to the East until Hondarribia, Lighthouses, beaches and sea-flavour villages are waiting for you for a blue-colour route.
You will take the road to the fishing village of Orio that will take you to Zarautz at 88 km from Bilbao, the town that receives the greatest number of visitors in Gipuzkoa after the capital. You will discover its long beach, plenty to do and lovely medieval buildings such as Luzea tower or the church of Santa María la Real. Then, the silhouette of Mount San Antón in Getaria, will guide you to its charming village, famous as the birthplace of both the navigator Juan Sebastián Elkano and fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. You will finally take the bus to go through beautiful typical fishing villages like Getaria, Zumaia or Deba.
- Sport activities:
Kayaking along the river is one of the best ways to discover Urdaibai. You will have the chance to visit this region from the inside in an unusual way. Depending on the season, you will be given different equipment, some explanation about how to manipulate the material and information about the route. you will navigate through some of the most picturesque places in Urdaibai, Sukarrieta, Kanala beaches and Mundak. It is also possible to do this route in Canoe accompanied by a professional instructor.
A Multi-adventure activity is designed to test your balance skills in an amusing way. You will enjoy a climbing initiation until some height steps in the mountain and going down with a zip line. You can add to this experience other activities like archery!
Lets surf some waves! We finally propose you a Surf Experience, suitable for everyone and without any experience needed. The only thing you have to know is swimming! Urdaibai is a great place to start out in surf. You can also take some lessons in groups or individually.