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From New York to the Basque Country

For some very good reason the powers that be at Vitoria Airport in the Basque Country have decided to put on a couple of direct flights between New York JFK and Vitoria, the capital of the Basque Country in October 2014. Yes, you read right – two flights (not a year round service). So New Yorkers will be able to fly directly to the Basque Country in Northern Spain without having to connect in Madrid or Barcelona. Iberia and American Airlines are the airlines operating these unique and unusual connections. So while Basques get to taste the Big Apple, New Yorkers can sink their teeth into the famous Basque pintxos and wash them down with some wines from the neighbouring Rioja region. What are you waiting for?

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Vitoria Rioja Alavesa Salvatierra Estibaliz 2014 relaxing weekend Parador Argomaniz

A Perfect Parador Weekend Break exploring Vitoria and the Rioja-Alavesa Villages

Vitoria is a great destination for a parador weekend break and recently we did just that. We stayed at the Parador at Argomaniz in a tiny village just 14km from the city. It’s a wonderful 17th century renaissance palace  – where Napolean lay his head before the assault on Vitoria. It’s always been beautiful but following a two-year renovation project, we heard it was looking better than ever and we were keen to see the new improvements for ourselves.

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