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Donostia / San Sebastián (11km)

San Sebastian is one of Spain’s most beautiful cities and has been named European Capital of Culture 2016.

Tradition and modernity go hand in hand in this “small” big city with touches of the Belle Époque (Golden Age) that has a top-flight cultural agenda with its international film and jazz festivals and its first-class cultural programme.

More than that, San Sebastian is the world capital of the pintxo. Gastronomy rivals nature as the most attractive feature of this city that’s world famous for its cuisine and chefs, and boasts 16 Michelin stars.

Zarautz (15km)

Zarautz Beach is the largest in Gipuzkoa and its 2,500 metres make it a multidisciplinary space, with different aspects and people.

Families, surfers and nature lovers come together at the same time on this stretch of sand, divided into three zones: the western end, frequented by families and bathers; a central part reserved for surfers and the dunes at the eastern end, which are the habitat for numerous species of flora and fauna.

Zarautz has the longest beach on the Gipuzkoan coast and waves that are famous all over the world.

Hondarribia (30km)

Hondarribia is located at the estuary of the River Bidasoa on the Basque coast. It is very easily accessible. It has an airport and the international Irun station is a few kilometres away. It also has a good road network that connects it to the rest of Europe.

Its Atlantic climate is characterized by mild winters and summers, which, along with the beach and the magnificent hotel and sports infrastructures, makes it very attractive for tourism.

Biarritz (56km)

Biarritz is undoubtedly the only town where you can see neoprene-clad surfers with their boards under their arms crossing paths with business men in suits and ties carrying towels. A funny image, yet so common.

Open and cosmopolitan, Biarritz, the pearl of the Basque coast, carries this mix of styles close to its heart and loves bringing opposites together. In Biarritz, music, dance, cinema and the plastic arts have a privileged spot in local life.

Pamplona / Iruña (76km)

A modern city with a high quality of life. Well-being, pilgrimage, history, fiesta, walks, balance. Pamplona combines all of these qualities.

Pamplona and its district is located in a mountain belt with a height of around 1,000 metres. The mountains nearest to the city are San Cristóbal (892 metres), Campamento (528), Badostáin (590), Tajonar (668), Gazólaz (534), Errakobide (466), Santa Lucía (470) and Cascajo (450).

Bilbo / Bilbao (92km)

Bilbao is the core of a metropolitan area with more than one million inhabitants. Its impressive transportation infrastructure connects it to the rest of Europe by air, land and sea.

The impressive Guggenheim Museum and the Euskalduna Palace, a conference and music centre, have become the icons of the new Bilbao, a city that is gradually regaining space and handing it back to the people.

Vitoria / Gasteiz (96km)

Drop by and get to know the capital of Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz. The original city charter, which still exists, declares equal rights for all its inhabitants. Today, Vitoria-Gasteiz has become a model of urban development, of social cohesion and habitability, in short, a quality of life model.

This is a city where the hospitality of its people encourages travellers to stop for a while to explore a city which has struck the perfect balance between modern urban planning, historical and cultural heritage (in its widest sense), and the environment. This is a city where a highly sophisticated cuisine coexists alongside the most traditional of culinary arts, accompanied at all times by the best wines from the Rioja Alavesa.

Sidrerias

The Guipuzcoa Natural Cider Association, created in 1977, currently brings together 50 cider factories, who all produce natural cider. Its basic functions include from defending the interests of its associates with the Administration to promoting their products. Recent years have been particularly important for the sector, as the association has worked on professionalising it and on the quality of the product.

The cider factories included in our association are all very different, including producers of 30,000 litres of cider and producers of more than 1 million litres, and we therefore have to adapt to the needs of each of them (around 10 million litres are produced amongst all the associate producers).

In their pursuit to answer all these needs and to promote new initiatives in the cider sector, the Association has moved its head office to Astigarraga, where it has a training lecture room and an area for tastings, seminars, etc. Amongst the most recent initiatives are: Participating in Spanish fairs, with the aim of make the product known outside the Basque Country, and to improve the product image for the regular drinkers.