San Sebastian, Bilbao and Rioja
The Basque region is one of our favourite parts of Spain. It is very green and hilly and has a long coast. The food is excellent almost no matter where you go. People are friendly and there are lots of little villages spread out in the landscape. Except for San Sebastian there are relatively few tourists and the price level is low.
Bilbao and San Sebastian are both all year round destinations but if it is beach life you are looking for you probably should wait until summer.
Learn more about the basque culture and ETA in this very well written and interesting book by Fernando Aramburu.
Patria tells the story of two famillies in a small village in Basque divided by their interest in the terror organisation of ETA.