Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

We have been awarded with the certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor for 3 consecutive years!!

“The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is awarded to services that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor”

We would like to thank all our valuable greeters for their great work and visitors for their positive reviews and for helping us in achieve this award!

We promise to continuously improve to offer  our visitors the very best welcome.

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A popular festival – The summer solstice and St. John’s Eve

The Basque people love their customs and traditions that have been preserved over time, such as the celebration of St. John’s Eve. This festival, linked to the summer solstice, is also a night of witches, magic and beliefs.

It is a very ancient festival linked to multiple purification beliefs to welcome the arrival of summer and to scare away evil spirits. It is held in many towns and neighborhoods around a bonfire, where people gather, sing and dance traditional folk music.

The tradition goes that you must write two wishes for the future and something you don’t want to happen on a piece of paper. You then burn this paper and jump over the fire. You must jump over the fire, at least 3 times, to ensure a lucky and healthy year.

We leave here some pictures of the festival held at Trapagaran (Bizkaia) for you have an idea of what it is like.

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Did you know Basques love Mushrooms?

If you are interested in the world of mushrooms, then you must know that the Basque Country is a recommended place.

The world of mushrooms is fascinating and it has a long tradition among Basque people. It begins in the forest and finishes at the dinner table.

It is a common practice here, during the autumn when rains come, that large numbers of people go into the forests to enjoy a pleasant walk while filling their baskets with mushrooms.

Boletus edulis, Cantharellus, Milk Caps and many more have a special place in our gastronomy.

At Bilbao Greeters, none of us are experts or claim to be experts. We simply want to shareour passion for them with you.

If you are considering visiting the Basque Country, and you love mushrooms too, let us know. We will be happy to help you find good local places where to eat them.

Stuffed, grilled, with eggs…… well, mushrooms are delicious! You can eat them at restaurants as a main dish (grilled mushrooms, served with an egg yolk, or with scrambled eggs), as a side dish (sautéed in mixtures with garlic and parsley) or at the bars displayed on the counters as “pintxos” (delicious small snacks).

I do like mushrooms. I must confess that I much prefer the eating to the hunting. The season is now, so a few days ago, I visited my friend at his local bar. He likes foraging for fungi and other wild edibles and enjoys cooking them later. He is really good!

Here are some pictures. What’s more, the food was incredible, the Rioja wine superb and the “Sobremesa” (the talk after the meal in Spanish) great! Of course!

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“That Immense Love… That Hurts So Much”

Ese Inmensoamor ... Que Duele TantoMany congratulations to Carmen Martínez, rhapsode and poet, for such a delightful book that was just released, for offering me the chance to discover the world of poetry, and for being a Greeter.

Motivated by Carmen’s invitation, I attended her book presentation: “That immense love… that hurts so much”, held in Bilbao. I’ve never been interested in poetry, but I was curious and Carmen deserved to be with friends on this important day for her.

Carmen presented her last collection of poems, which is the 11th book of her emotional baggage, as she likes to say. The presentation was lovely. Family and friends joined her in this sensational evening. I was deeply touched to hear Carmen and her rhapsode friends read the poems.

I can only say I was deeply moved, my sentiments flowed, and she won my admiration. The presentation was simply spectacular. At least, it is how I felt.

Now that a great curiosity for the poetry has aroused in me, I am sure that I will repeat.

If you are interested in her poetry and wish to buy the book and CD to listen to Carmen read her poetry, be sure to visit her website: http://www.lavidadecarmen.com/

Thanks Carmen for writing and sharing your wonderful poems with us all.Carmen Martínez

The 18th Korrika on its way to Bayonne (France)

What’s “Korrika”?

Korrika is an event that was started in the Basque Country to raise awareness and money for the Basque language. The first korrika was put on in 1980.

The word “Korrika” is Basque for “running”.

People of all ages run the Korrika.

As Del Valle in Korrika describes the race, “Technically Korrika is a colossal footrace run in relays of 1 kilometers in which thousands or runners, men and woman of all ages, pass through the seven Basque territories carry a symbol identified as the testigo, or witness (baton). The principle objective of the race is to generate popular support for Euskara, the Basque language”.

Each kilometer is sold to raise money.

The money raised by Korrika goes to the continuation of the Basque language, especially to fund teachers and schools of the Basque language.

It is now ran also in countries across the world, as USA (San Francisco), England (London)

2013’s Korrika continues, with great success, its way to every corner of the Basque Country.

This year, the non-stop relay race will last 11 days, 24 hours a day, over a distance of more than 2,500 Kms.

It started in Andoain (Gipuzkoa) and will end on March 24th in Bayonne (France). The slogan is “Eman Euskara Ekarri” (“pass on Basque”)

The 18th Korrika was running through Barakaldo yesterday. Here are a few pics.

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