It’s raining today in San Sebastian. That kind of rain so characteristic of the Basque Country that doesn’t seem to get you wet, but soaks you to the bone instead: xirimiri. They say rain doesn’t affect us Basques because it’s part of our lives, but that’s not entirely true. We know bad weather can be a bummer when you were expecting sunshine. So, instead of bumming yourself out, here is a list of five things you can do in Donostia on a rainy day like today.
A few days ago we decided to take advantage of the long holiday weekend and the good weather that the Basque Country has been delighting us in to take a trip into the woods. We decided to make an excursion to the Urkiola Natural Park (declared as such in 1989), a protected natural area located at the southeast corner of the provinces of Biscay and Alava in the north of the Basque Country.
This upcoming April 30th, the town of Burgui, a village in the Roncal Valley, will celebrate the Day of the Almadia. This festivity, held every year on around the same date, pays tribute to the “Almadieros” (Timber Rafters) who in the past transported timber wood for sale to other localities down the riverbed of the Ebro River. In Navarre’s Pyrenean valleys, the exploitation of woodland has been one of the region’s main sources of income and its rivers were used to transport the wood. To achieve this, the Almadieros would build a type of raft consisting of several logs of the same length held together by ropes made of willow: the almadias. As a result of improved communications and the construction of the Yesa Reservoir, the profession of Almadiero disappeared in 1952.
The Basque Country is our passion and the number one inspiration for this blog. In this small “txoko” (corner) we intend to share with you every little (or big) thing that makes our hearts race and our stomachs flutter about this tiny region of the world we call home. We invite you to explore it and learn about it with us following our adventures in and throughout the Basque Country.