“Questa estate abbiamo concluso uno scambio non simultaneo con la famiglia di Tony Byrne che erano stati da noi in Sicilia, la scorsa estate. La casa di Tony e carinissima, molto spaziosa, pulita e suddivisa in due livelli ed il paesino, immerso nel verde, affascinante. I paesani molto cordiali e vistosamente orgogliosi delle loro tradizioni e molto ospitali. Per noi la casa di Tony è stata una base indispensabile per raggiungere tutti gli interessanti posti che abbiamo visitato : la bizzarra Pamplona, dove siamo rimasti a dormire per una notte, affascinante ricca di folclore con la scoppiettante corsa dei tori e la corrida; la dolcissima Donostia cittadina bellissima, pulita molto organizzata; Bilbao, molto bella anche lei, abbiamo anche visitato Lourdes, dove siamo rimasti a dormire per una notte, e i luoghi di Bernadet " MOLTO EMOZIONANTE" e tanti altri posti che abbiamo incontrato durante gli spostamenti. E\' stata una bella vacanza, nella quale abbiamo intrecciato il Sacro e il profano. I Paesi Baschi sono particolarmente belli e Tony è una persona molto cordiale, precisa e generosa che ringrazio nuovamente per averci permesso di usare la sua auto e poter visitare i luoghi che ricorderemo per molti anni ancora.”
Tony's reviewsAs a host (4)
“We had a fantastic Home Exchange in Basque Country! Although the village is away from all the hustle bustle it offers all the facilities you need: Two shops, one butchery, two bars, one restaurant (with the tastiest food from Antonia and Arturo) and is ideally located to visit the natural reserves, the wild coast, breathtaking beaches and cities like Bilbao and San Sebastian. The apartment is beautiful and offers everything anyone could possibly ask for. The owners, their friends and relatives were very charming and helpful. When we returned to Berne we found our home in perfect condition. We can highly recommend a home exchange with Olatz, Tony and family!”
“We spent 2 weeks in Tony and Olatz’s apartment in August 2011. Their apartment is modern, big and bright with all the modern conveniences one could hope for. When we arrived, Tony had arranged for friends to meet us at the airport, show us to the car and then escort us to the village, with an accompanying guided tour of their village, Urrestilla. This was really great, much appreciated and really helped us settle in. Urrestilla is a lovely traditional Basque village situated in the hills about 15 minute drive from the coast and beaches. The people in the village were very friendly and welcoming. We found Urrestilla a good base to visit the Basque district, which is a really beautiful place, with so much to do. The food in the village and surrounds was really great. Tony was a pleasure to deal with, in arranging all the particulars for the exchange. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending an exchange with Tony, Olatz and family.”
“My family (2 adults and 5 kids) stayed in the Byrne apartment for over two weeks in July 2017. We had a wonderful holiday there. The apartment is very spacious and located right in the middle of a nice quiet village surrounded by mountains. The apartment is obviously well looked after, is bright, extremely comfortable, and well equipped with high quality furnishings and kids toys etc. Local restaurants, cafe, playground all within short walk. Lovely countryside in the surroundings and we visited the Basque coast with fabulous beaches frequently. Tony and Olatz were very thoughtful, friendly, and straightforward to communicate with. They gave us great advice on things to do in the area and trusted us with many of their belongings. They also arranged additional items that we requested... I have no hesitation in recommending their home as a good base from where to experience the Basque Country. Patrick, Aideen and family.”
Where is it?
Closest airports to us are Bilbao 1 hour, Biarritz 1 hr 15 mins and Santander 3 hours. Our village is perfectly situated for you to enjoy all aspects of the Basque Country. We are 3km from Azpeitia and the famous Loiola Basillica. We are 20 minutes from some of Europes most spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches where you can swim, surf or snorkel. Visit San Sebastian, only 40 minutes by car or be in the centre of Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim in 1 hour. We are 1 hour from the French border where you can visit beautiful Saint Jean de Luz and Biarritz. Explore the secrets of this Basque speaking area, its history, its people, its famous food, its farms, lakes, forests and incredible mountains and valleys. If you are interested in walking then this is your opportunity to walk part of the Camino de Santiago(see link below). Our friendly little village (population 600) has three bars in which you can eat traditional cuisine. It has a shop and a church. The neighbouring town of Azpeitia (3kms) has a wide selection of shops, bars, a cinema and places to eat.
Have a look at www.gipuzkoaturismo.net www.guggenheim-bilbao.es www.sansebastianturismo.com www.biarritz.fr
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