One of the most autonomous regions in all of Spain, Basque Country is clearly marked by a distinct language (Euskera) and culture. From its mottled landscape to its fierce national and cultural pride, everything about Basque Country spells out ‘unique’. Get an ample dose of the region’s peculiarities in San Sebastián, whose glittering beaches and genteel atmosphere lend the city a sophisticated air. Explore the city’s many promenades, Baroque churches and mountain-top panoramas. Though deeply rooted to both their mother tongue and the land, Basques are equally fervent about competitive sports and avant-garde cuisine. Experience the mesmerizing game of pelota, (jai-alai in Basque) what many deem the fastest game in the world. Rubber balls are hurled from curved wicker gloves at speeds of 150 mph in a three-walled court. Don’t even try to leave without sampling the wide variety of pintxos (tapas) and sagardo, the signature Basque apple cider.