BEAUTIFUL BASQUE COAST | Europe’s Hidden Gem

BEAUTIFUL BASQUE COAST | Europe’s Hidden Gem


I never like to think of my self as a pornographer, but today we’re doing some porno….. food porno. Good morning. Buenos dias, Egun on Can’t go that way.. Oh no, Marko. we’re lost. We’re not really lost. We know where we’re going. We’re heading from Victoria -Gasteiz to the small but beautiful village of Hondarribia. right on the border with France. But first we have a little drive. We’ll tell you more about why we’re going to Hondarribia when we get there. Maybe if we stop driving around this round-about. Shut up. We made it to the coast. Ok, guys. Welcome to Hondarribia……. in my opinion one of the most beautiful villages on the Basque coast, in all the Basque Country. Basically, it’s on the Bidasoa River which is the natural boundary between the French provinces. On the north, there are 3 French-Basque provinces and the four Spanish provinces on the south. We are meeting up with the local rowing team. Rowing in the Basque Country has a very interesting history. It’s connected to their heritage as whalers. We’re going to meet up with Mikel from the local rowing club, who’s going to take us out on the water. Well they’re going back out to keep training. Nice way to start the morning. I would love to be on one of those rowing teams. I think it would be great. It’s all based in A: a tradition B: betting that you can do that sport better than your brother or your friend. Competitive spirit, Bro. Oh for sure. We’re going to go see the old town of Handarribia right now. It’s super beautiful. Then we’re going to go to a nice place for a little bit of lunch, of course. Are you ready for that? Time to eat. Let’s go. Super beautiful Birds. I like birds. We’re on our way to Bar Gran Sol, in the marina district. This is the old fishermen’s quarter. Like we said, the rowing came form the Basque’s tradition of whale hunting. But after they chased the whales to Scandinavia and Iceland, they started fishing codfish. And that had been the most important food source for the Basque for centuries. But first, we’re going to go to Bar Gran Sol where a chef named Vicente Muñoz is cooking up some amazing creations. We’re going to try some pinxtos that will just blow your mind. Your mind blown! “Chin chin.” We’re standing a a little wine barrel here. A glass of txakoli, a white sparkling wine in my hand Wow. This is such a treat. I don’t even know where to begin with this. We have so much amazing food on the plate. Literally, this pintxo is covered in gold. Here we have a modern interpretation of codfish. Codfish is THE fish of the Basque Country. They fished codfish, and then took them all the way to Iceland and over to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. So here we are. It’s really good. Wow. This could quite possibly be the best pintxo on the planet. “txipiron”, which is squid stuffed with Foie Gras over a bed of rice that is cooked in a salsa made from the squid ink, covered in some “aceite de perejil” (parsley sauce), a little mayonnaise sauce. It’s…to die for. Best pintxo, hands down. That was the highlight of my trip. Wow what a meal. What an incredible meal, Bro. And what cool people. I love how chefs were so passionate. And Vicente was super cool. We’re feeling great. It’s a Sunday. There’s what they call in Spain “ambiente.” There are people in the street. Anyways, we’re going to hop into the car and head towards Pasaia Pasaia is a big port on the other side of this mountain called Jaizkebel. Stay tuned. It’s going to be rad. I love this mountain. Monte Jaizkebel was my favorite place to come because I had a road bike when I lived here, and I would just come up here and cycle. It’s a 20 km loop from San Sebastian, and this is one of the best places to ride a road bike. The day continues. The journey continues. The adventure continues here in Pasaia. Pasaia is one of the most important ports in the Basque Country. For centuries, it’s been a major ship building center. They constructed a huge portion of the Spanish Armada here. Right now we’re going to be taking a boat down to this museum where they are reconstructing a Basque ship from the 16th century, and it was discovered on the ground.. in an interesting fashion, about which we will tell you once we arrive. Do I have permission to board, Senor? Boom Permission to come aboard, Sir? Permission granted. And we’re off. After a very pleasant boat ride, we’ve arrived to an interesting place. Albaola. It’s a ship building factory. This is a really, really interesting project. Basically, they’re trying to rebuild a Basque whaling ship that was constructed in 1563 right here in this port. Two years later, it went to Newfoundland which is where some of the best fishing, the Grand Banks is. It sank. So when it sank, it went to the bottom of the ocean. And hundreds of years later, archeologists found the remains of this ship wreck and it was in such good condition because the cold water preserved it that they were able to basically recreate the architectural design of the ship, and now rebuilding the ship, the San Juan that’s over 500 years old, using the same technics with wood from the forest here in Navarra. But the interesting hypothesis that stands behind all of this is that nobody truly knows when the Basque went first to North America. Did they get there before Columbus, but they kept it a secret because they found secret fishing grounds? It’s a pretty interesting subject. So we’re going to go meet the guys here and find out more. We are in Alboala where we are building a 16th century ship. We are in Pasaia, which is the home port of San Juan. San Juan was a whaling ship and left this very important Pasaia to go to Newfoundland in 1565 and never returned. It was lost for more than 400 years until the Canadian archeologist found the wreck, and they realized that it was by far the best preserved ship of the 16th century found to date. 15th- 16th century, Basques were leading the world of ship building. When the need arised going to Newfoundland they were ready. They had the technology. There are many clues that Basque had been there before Columbus, but there is no proof. Basque maritime identity has been neglected, and we are trying to revive it. It’s easy to feel proud of such a ship. I think the coolest thing about this project is that once they make this ship, they’re going to sail it from here to Newfoundland across the North Atlantic. If you add that then you can sponsor a piece of this ship. They’re basically crowd funding the construction of this ship. So as you can see, 40 euros buys 12,000 nails. If you really feel generous, you can buy them a keel, or something like that. Now we head to sea. Actually, we’re just going to a bar. It’s over here. We’re going to do a nice, little scenic tour, and then go from here Well cheers, man. I know. What a day. It’s been a long day, but a fun day. This village to me, I feel like when you come into the harbor, it’s like entering Lord of the Rings, some Elven village. There’s just a huge tower, and the whole village is just right along the coast. Super beautiful. I usually dork-out about things that remind me of Lord of the Rings. But to have you do it means that it’s got to be a very special place. For sure. We’ve seen so much today, everything from how the Bay of Biscay was the first place the Basque went into the ocean. They went looking for whales. The whales brought them to Scandinavia and Iceland where they learned how to fish codfish, which they could salt. and last longer journeys of the ocean all the way to Newfoundland And then they brought it back here, and learned how to make great food….. learned how to make amazing food. This part of the Basque Country is incredible. One of our favorite little corners, and we had an awesome time showing you guys. So if you enjoyed this video, you know what to do: Give it a thumbs-up, share it with your friends, and subscribe to Vagabrothers for new travel videos every week. And stay tuned because the road trip through the Basque Country continues. In the meantime remember: stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road.

98 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BASQUE COAST | Europe’s Hidden Gem

  1. I saw that kind of boat in Netherlands – Flewoland Island. It is such a beauty ship that you visit. Great ideal for bring back a great history in the local people and the world. You still surprise me.Great work guy.
    3 thinks about your vlogs: drinks, fancy food( this time i eat something before watching you 🙂 ) and dirty talk.
    Ps: Are you traing to create ne sho " VAGA Kitchen"?

  2. Gracias  por llevarme  a a este maravilloso viaje  con ustedes!!  asi me siento cada vez que veo sus videos  me imagino que estoy ahi!  Fue hermoso!!  un gran abrazo guys 🙂

  3. It keeps getting better, I feel like your canada series was the biggest step forward and it has just kept on improving since then. Keep it up 🙂

  4. Seriously your vlogs are so helpful to young travelers! Can you do more backpacking videos??❤️thanks 🙂

  5. Give me pintxo (I had to look up the spelling) or give me death. Now you're talking. All those amazing pintxos or tapas is what I remember best from San Sebastian. I didn't want to leave it was just so dream like. I'm talking 20 years ago and I still miss it. How fabulous the whole Basque country is and you are showing some great stuff. That rowing team in a boat that looked like a large canoe. Think they got the design from North American Indians? You have really made me want to return. Thanks for sharing all your explorations and tastings.

  6. 11:52 Is that QR code, used to support the ship, enabled by Bitcoin payments? I'd like to send them some money. Update: It won't scan with Bitcoin, but it'll take you to their web site.

  7. Too focused on Alava and Gipuzkoa and not paying any attention to Biscay, which happens to be the most populated province…

  8. I, As a Foodie, in Intellectual Training, thank you for pointing out places & experiences I can look forward to in future.

  9. Hello VageBrothers! I'm not sure if you have gone over this before, but I'm new to traveling with my DSLR and I was wondering if you could talk about traveling on a plain with your backpacks and camera gear. Do you have issues with tripods, do you carry on everything or do you have to check a bag, have you had any issues with stolen equipment, etc.? Just over all how flying with your gear is. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  10. Awesome series! I'm really enjoying it. Alex: I really like the brown leather shoes you're wearing in this video. What kind are they? Are they pretty comfortable for walking?

  11. Great job guys!! best vlog ever!! It's amazing to see those beautiful landscapes with which I'm very familiar. I live right next to San Juan in Lezo, so the next time you come back to Euskadi don´t miss the chance to visit my little town !
    Ps: the drone footage is spectacular. Keep it up.

  12. Your vlogs are reminding me of a beautiful movie set in the Basque country, The Way, from a few years ago. Did you guys get to check out any of the pilgrimage on the Santiago de Compostela? Your vlogs make me want to be there!!

  13. no better way to end a long day than with that jamon crudo sandwich and a cold beer! Amazing place!

  14. That drive sequence at the start might not be big, but for me it gives it a more personal touch to these videos. Also, do you guys have people working in the background of these videos, other than yourselves and the translators

  15. I don't usually comment on videos, but there is no better travel channel on youtube. Combining my two favourite things (food and travel) with amazing camera work/scenes and lovable characters. I've stopped watching all the big name vloggers because they simply can't compare to you guys. Much love <3

  16. I like birds as well.:)
    I love the food porn. Made me super hungry guys.
    Super fun video. Great Job.
    Is the food you're trying affordable for the everyday traveler?

  17. I adore your eyes Markoooooooooooooooooooooooo. And and and at 9:21 I LOVE that your hair does not show out of the hat. It is so relieving I swear. Please do not let your hair strip out of the hat like you used to do from before. Your hair used to show out of the hat towards the right side of your forehead. No. Hide it. You look WAY WAY WAY more handsome now. And Alex please do consider changing your hair style. Guys your cinematography is beyond the beyondity of amazing. You should get a contract with national georgraphic education and sells your videos to schools. Good luck guys. So much inspiration and so much "finesse" in your work. I adore.

  18. You guys keep getting better and better keep up the great work. For me it's not so much the food but scenery love your history dialogue of the areas you visit, your playfulness with quality and interesting video footage is a treat to watch. You guys should have way more views on your content Regards Russell

  19. Hey dudes,
    Im off to Singapore and Bali soon, I have been to Singapore many times so thats not a problem. I have never been to Bali, the only content I can seem to find from you guys on Bali is from your old channel watchbbbtv. Is there anything else you could recommend for Bali? The surf looks great!
    Thanks!

  20. I'm loving this blog series! Such an interesting culture! I've been a flatmate with a basque so I know a little of the culture already but most is new to me! Also your cinematography skills has improved a lot which makes it even more entertaining! Keep it up!

  21. Lord of the rings references are always a bonus to the great videos you guys already make!! So interesting and inspiring 🙂

  22. This is better than anything I've ever seen on television (which is probably why I cut my cable 10 years ago lol)

  23. Your opening line was too funny 'I never think of myself as pornographer' I had to do a double check to make sure I was watching the right channel – ha ha ha

  24. I loooove you guys, and the quality of all your videos. It is amazing to share everything that you know all around the country. What happened to the little dog with both legs covered?? Kisses!!

  25. Nice video u guys created, I'm planing to go in Spain can you suggest me some good place. It's my family trip 10 to 12 days and rent a car which is best

  26. Damn nice!
    I´ve been to 8 spanish cities in 2015, but I feel I missed this one although people from this region dont consider it as a region of Spain.

  27. I truly love my Basque Country!!! I go every year to get into my roots, couldn't be more proud of my ethnicity and by the way, an amazing video, the food is ambrosia, eskerrik asko guys! already subscribed.

  28. I was lucky enough to spend about five months working in the french pays basque a few years ago. Absolutely fantastic place. So much to see and do.

  29. You have hit in Ml and emotional vaine, I'm from BASQUE Ancestry, from my Mother and Father side, they arrived in the AMERICA'S in 1514, from my Mother side, to Cuba in a Military Expedition, with Diego Velázquez, My blood group is the classic B – from that Rigion, and I hade the PRIVILEGE, of living there as a Teenager, when I go back will be like going HOME !!!

  30. I know I'm a little late, but I just wanted to say that it makes me really really happy to see you guys enjoy the basque country so much….I come from donosti and I'm currently studying abroad, so seeing this images makes very emotional. thank you for sharing the love for my region with your viewers, I'm really glad you liked it there!

  31. Auuuupaaaa Euuusssskaaaaadiiiiii Ossstiiiiiaaaaa !!! jajajajajaj
    Y lo dice un Andaluz de Cadiz !!! xDDDDD !!!

    PD: Salu2 !!!

  32. My mom has Basque ancestry, her paternal distant ancestor came to Canada from St-Jean-de-la-Luz (or San Juan de la Luz at some point, I'm sure), on the french side of the basque country. He was a sailor and from father to son, they remained fishermen for generations even here, never staying far from the sea! Still to this day, my mom loves to fish, she goes on fishing trips with my dad, and they bought their retirement house with one requirement: it had to be by the water! Seafood is what makes her most happy, and through these videos, and my genealogical research into her family, I can see where that comes from! Her basque DNA is pretty diluted now, after generations of blending in with the local french-canadian lot, she only shows up as 1% Basque on dna tests (and 98% french!!!! thanks, generationally inbreeding Acadians!). Still can't get her onboard with sushi though, for some reason… she eats whelks like they're candy, but a California roll is beyond her reach, go figure! Must be all the inbreeding…! xD

  33. I loved this video. Please make more. I basically found out my family were early basque settlers to the Americas. I believe they were Jewish escaping coming persecution that would soon be seen with the Spanish Inquisition.

  34. The Spanish guy talking about the ship was speaking English so well, that all the Spanish politicians and TV workers should bend and adore this guy, since these people doesn't have a clue to pronunce a single word correctly.
    Felicidades, eres un rey!

  35. Is it true that most Basque people have negative blood? I have O rh negative and my parents and grandparents were from the Azores.

  36. y no pilláis ningún control de alcoholemia ? ajajaajja habréis echado siesta en cada apartado, si no,,,, jajaja

  37. Great video, I walked the Basque Coast from Baiona to Muskiz last June. This is the day between Hondarribia and Pasaia.
    https://youtu.be/8mkA30cqDx0

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