Get Inspired / Spain Northern and Regional Spain Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Spain Northern and Regional Spain story by: Inspire Spain, Portugal, Greece & Turkey Spain’s north-western corner, pounded by the Atlantic Ocean and separated from France by the ramparts of the Pyrenees, is a little off the beaten track. However, this was not always so. During medieval times the town of Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral once attracted throngs of pilgrims. They were drawn to the tomb of St James the Apostle, which even today is regarded as the third most important Christian site after Rome and Jerusalem. This region, including the capital of San Sebastián, is also the gateway to the Basque country. Many Basques still speak their Euskara language, wear distinctive berets and are fiercely determined to have independence from Spain. Bilbao, on the shores of the Bay of Biscay, is home to the Guggenheim Museum. Housing a 20th century art collection, including works by Picasso and Warhol, the building itself is fascinating. San Sebastian - This vibrant coast town has loads of great fish restaurants and tons of pintxos bars (kind of like tapas bars, but you eat with toothpicks) that crowd the narrow and noisy streets of the historical old town. It also boasts some fantastic designer clothes shops, many of them being surf labels as San Sebastián has some of the best surf beaches in the whole of Spain. Bilbao - A very popular tourist destination, most famously known as home to the architectural masterpiece, that is the Guggenheim Museum. It also possesses many more fantastic ‘museums’, historic churches and palaces as well as a fascinating historic city centre, making this little Basque town the culture capital of Northern Spain. Santiago de Compostela - Located in the province of Galicia in northwestern Spain, its mighty Cathedral is the final destination of the legendary pilgrimage route, the Way of St James. Its old town is so special that in 1985 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a town firmly rooted in its historical past but embracing a bright future. > Click here to view all of our HOT deals to the UK and Europe Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist San Sebastian, Europe’s Capital of Culture 2016 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Madrid’s ultimate art lovers’ list Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.