Best time to visit Basque Country

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Basque Country

Best time of year to visit Basque Country

The driest period in the autonomous community runs from mid-April to mid-October. These months offer beaches full of sunshine, outdoor activities galore, and several famous events like Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedon. Summer also means unbearable heat, skyrocketing prices, and swarms of tourists. However, the best time to visit Basque Country is June and September which still falls in that season. Early summer and early fall are relatively less crowded, and the prices are also a bit lower. Winter is usually wet but relatively mild. This is when persistent, annoying rain called sirimiri often occurs. But don't let it ruin your plans to witness Tamborrada of San Sebastian in January. The spring arrives in Basque Country accompanied by numerous breathtaking parades and religious events.

4 THINGS TO DO IN BASQUE COUNTRY (APRIL 29 - MAY 08)

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

May–September • food

A simple but beautiful and healthy summer snack

Gaztelugatxe

Gaztelugatxe

March–October • activity

A small island connected to the mainland by a medieval bridge and 231 steps

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

April–September  • activity

Depending on the season, the river changes its mood, and therefore white water rafting can be more or less extreme

Surfing in Zarautz

Surfing in Zarautz

September–May • activity

Enjoy the longest beach in the Spanish Basque Country

8 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Great Week in San Sebastián

Great Week in San Sebastián

canceledAugust 14–21, 2021 • event

Join one of the biggest festivals with fireworks and music in San Sebastian

Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz

Fiestas de La Blanca & Celedón, Vitoria-Gasteiz

canceledAugust 4–August 9 • event

If you see a figure with an umbrella coming down from a church on a rope—then you are in Spain!

Angulas (Baby Eels)

Angulas (Baby Eels)

out of rangemid-November–December • food

A traditional dish that resembles spaghetti at first glance

Wheels and Waves in Biarritz

Wheels and Waves in Biarritz

canceledJune 30–July 4, 2021 • event

Moto and surf festival on the France’s southwestern Basque coast

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31–January 1  • event

Eating 12 grapes, wearing red coloured underwear and preparing a special cake is only a part of the incredible celebration in Spain

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

out of rangeJune–August • food

It is especially pleasant to go to the bar on a hot summer day, drink a glass of ice-cold beer and eat Boquerones en Vinagre!

El Colacho

El Colacho

canceledJune 6, 2021 • event

A man dressed as a devil jumps over the babies to cleanse them of the original sin

Tamborrada of San Sebastián

Tamborrada of San Sebastián

out of rangeJanuary 20 • event

A drum parade and street party to honour San Sebastián

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