Basque Country: A Proud, Unique Culture

published 7 years ago by Rick Steves

The ancient, free-spirited land of the Basques straddles France and Spain. These proud, industrious and independent people occupy a small yet diverse region between the Atlantic coast and the mountains. Insulated from outsiders for much of their history, Basques are united by unique traditions including the fast-paced sport of jai alai, men's gastronomic clubs, and their bewildering language — one of Europe's oldest. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit

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