The Basque Country, or how we natives refer to our land: “Euskal Herria,” is the home of the people who speak Basque. By definition, the Basque language, “Euskera,” delineates our borders, and Basque has been spoken here prior to the arrival of any of the Indo-European languages, including the Romance languages, making us one of the oldest surviving cultures in Europe. Although much of the origins of the language remain muddled in mystery, the identity of the Basques is evidently deep-rooted.
Encapsulated between Northern Spain and Southwestern France, the Basque Country is a small region that crosses borders. Since the very beginning, our land and people have been ruggedly determined by the might of the Cantabrian Sea and protected by the imposing summits of the Pyrenees, and our unique language and ancient traditions have united us under one identity.