Monuments in the Belém District

Plan on spending a half-day, from 10:00 am 3:00 pm if you want to see them all, but not on a Monday when monuments shut tight.  And don’t leave Lisbon without the Belém tour with its spectacular sights from Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery.   To reach Belém you can take the modern tram 15…

Portugal’s Coastal Capital

Lisbon’s Top Attractions Discovering Portugal’s coastal capital can be an invorgating experience, from the imposing 11th-century Moorish castle of São Jorge overlooking the city and its bay, to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, high atop the Bairro Alto, one of the city’s seven  hills, to the Miradouro de Santa Luzia with its views over the Alfama….

The Spanish Basque Country

Planning your trip to the País Vasco The capitals of the three Basque Provinces of Spain are San Sebastián-Donostia in Gipuzkoa, Bilbao-Bilbo in Bizkaia and Vitoria-Gasteiz in Álava.  Euskadi is the politically correct term for the Basque Country, but some prefer the more historically inclusive Euskal Herria, which means the Basque Lands or home of…

Exploring Cap-Ferret

Lunch at La Canfouine-au-Canon, Lège-Cap-Ferret After a morning touring Cap-Ferret, we enjoyed a typical feast overlooking the bay at La Canfouine-au-Canon.  The day was warm and sunny, the oysters and shrimp perfect, and the bottle of Le Canon De Cote Montpezat Rose chilled! Contact Iberian Traveler – Maribel’s Guides to request a custom itinerary to explore the…

Pintxos Hopping in Bilbao

Pintxos in the Old Quarter, the Casco Viejo   Plaza Nueva On Sundays you can see three generations of a family making their way through the neighborhood bars drinking Rioja in sips and feasting on pintxos.  In the “Siete Calles” section, those seven parallel, narrow, pedestrian streets running south of the cathedral.  Note that Bilbaínos…

The Côte Basque – Biarritz 2019

Biarritz A quick 15-minute drive up the autoroute from Saint-Jean-de-Luz is the elegant, stately, and formerly very staid, international resort, the crown jewel of the Côte Basque, Biarritz, a Four-Flower Village (Ville Fleurie) with a climate similar to Carmel, California.  The more time we spend in Biarritz, the more we fall under its spell.  While…