Basque Country

Guernica: A brush with history

The bombing of Guernica 75 years ago inspired one of Picasso's best-known works. Now, visitors to this iconic part of Spain's Basque Country will discover a town devoted to peace

Welcome to Spain's old English outpost

Athletic Club de Bilbao are famed for their Basque heritage; only players from the region can represent the team, but the visit of Manchester United tonight will be a celebration of Anglophilia for a club founded by English quarrymen and local students who had studied in England.

Stay The Night: La Reserve, St-Jean-de-Luz

Swim, golf, surf – or just Basque in the sunshine. The revamped, cliff-top La Réserve is full of patriotic local colour – and don't miss the chef's l'oeuf piperade

Harinordoquy's dad joins son on pitch to fight opposition

Imanol Harinordoquy, the exceptional No 8 who did more than anyone to drive France towards October's World Cup final in Auckland, may be the proudest Basque ever to play international rugby – a pride that has been known to manifest itself in a fierce dislike of the opposition, even if they happen to be Basques themselves. Anyone wondering where he gets it from has no need to wonder further. Blame the parents – or at least, M Harinordoquy Snr.

Iamanol Harinordoquy's father joins son in brawl during match

Tuesday’s Basque derby was always going to be a spiky affair – Biarritz, bottom of the table and without a home win in the league this season, against the star-studded ensemble put together on the chequebook of France’s Mr Specsavers, Alain Afflelou.

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Cycling: Sanchez turns up the heat on leader

Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez defied intense heat to clinch the toughest stage of the Tour of the Basque Country for the second year running in Eibar, Spain, yesterday.