5 first-hand rural experiences
There is no better way to get to know a place than by becoming involved in its way of life. This is especially true for the rural experiences of Bilbao Bizkaia. From preparing typical dishes with local ingredients to visiting an authentic Baserri (farmhouse); nature and the environment are the raw materials of this unique experience.
You will be able to get up close and personal with local traditions and culture while enjoying the beauty of the rural landscapes.
Come and discover 5 rural experiences in Bilbao Bizkaia and live as the locals do, get a first-hand experience of all this region has to offer.
All things Basque
Basque people are unique: They speak a language of their own and stick to deeply-rooted traditions
Enjoy in the most natural way.
Get to know a Baserri first-hand
Baserris (farmhouses) have been an integral part of rural life for centuries and have been passed down from generation to generation. It is a typical Basque construction, with a great history and a peculiar beauty that blends in perfectly with the surrounding rural landscape.
On a visit to a Baserri, you can enjoy the vegetable gardens, animals and country life as if you were an authentic baserritarra (Basque rural inhabitant). You will also have the opportunity to learn some words in Euskera, the Basque language.
Immerse yourself in the local culture and discover the richness of rural life in Bilbao Bizkaia through an authentic experience in a Basque farmhouse
Discover the flour mills
In Bilbao Bizkaia, rural life is characterised by its deep-rooted tradition and respect for the customs of the past. An example of this is the grinding of maize in the old water mills that still exist in the region.
Despite the passage of time, these historic constructions are still in operation and the millstones still move to the rhythm of the water currents to turn the maize into flour.
Visit the mills and let yourself be carried away by the magic of tradition and history as you learn about rural life and ancient production methods still in use today.
Be a shepherd for a day
Another rural experience not to be missed is the opportunity to feel like a real shepherd. In the region, there are farms and livestock farms where you can live with real shepherding professionals and learn from them about their daily work in the countryside.
You will also be able to taste the products produced on these farms, such as fresh cheese and freshly milked milk.
La Pelota, much more than a sport
Another rural experience you can't miss out on is getting to know the Basque sport par excellence: Basque pelota. It has a long tradition and is renowned internationally because of its spectacular and exciting aspect.
You can learn about the different forms of this sport such as mano or handball, pala or with a wooden bat, or cesta-punta, known in English with its Basque name: jai alai, and if you have the chance, attend a live pelotazale day.
Living this experience, you will be able to immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of this sport, with the screams and cheers of the spectators, and experience the emotion of the players in every match.
The art of making the best bread
There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread and the satisfaction of making something with your own hands. With the help of local bakers, you will learn how to mix and knead the dough to bake a perfect loaf of bread.
You can also try the different types of bread made in Bilbao Bizkaia, such as corn bread or wheat bread, and learn about the region's varied baking techniques.
In short, rural experiences in Bilbao Bizkaia offer a unique opportunity to get to know the local culture and traditions through authentic and exciting activities.
If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture and enjoy rural life at its best, don't hesitate, we are expecting you!