Soak up the crackling night time atmosphere in the Cathedral of Spanish football at San Mames. Be one of the tens of thousands who pay red and white homage to the ’locals-only team’ every fortnight during the football season at the stadium of the world famous Athletic Club.
The Basque Country’s whaling history, like many other now-extinct trades has left an indelible mark on the region’s sport. One of these is the rowing race, fiercely competed for during the summer months. These regattas involve teams from across the whole north coast of Spain. The highlight being ‘La bandera de La Concha’ in Donostia – San Sebastian in September.
One of the most recognised Basque sports is Pelota in all its incarnations; cesta punta, pala and three-quarters. Gambling takes place on the touchline and the characters involved are often just as fascinating as the game itself, all-in-all a spectacle in a frontón.
Other rural sports include; wood chopping, stone lifting, Ox pulling, scything, hay bale throwing, ram butting, dynamite hole drilling. We’ll show you them all, even the crazy ones.
The Vista Alegre bullring in the centre of Bilbao is one of the world’s most famous. The corridas during Aste Nagusia, Bilbao’s nine-day annual August fiesta is witness to the world’s finest exponents of the art. Would Ernest Hemingway agree? As one of the most famous fans of ‘tauromaquia’ his love for the art took root in Pamplona during the San Fermín fiestas, where his statue keeps watch.
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