Oh my god, guys. Look at that. That’s my foot. That’s a 150 foot cliff that I’m about to repel down. Sometimes I forget that I have a fear of heights. And then I get to places like this and I realize that I think I just pooped my pants. We just got to this natural park called Urkiola One of the main themes of today’s video is about contrasts. Right now we’re going to go to a viewpoint and learn a bit more about the early roots of Basque mythology, in particular the Mother Godess named Mari. The plan is pretty cool. We’re going to be hiking up into these foggy, misty hills to a cave that has some mythological significance. There, we’re going to be repelling down into the darkness, into the unknown. A mountain is similar to Mari Mari is the mother of the earth. OK. So…Pacha Mama! Pacha Mari. Pacha Mari. Pacha Mari Even though Basques are not necessarily Pagan or animists today, they’re still a huge respect for nature here. People love the outdoors. We’re only 30 kilometers from Bilbao, which is one of the major industrial cities in the north. One of my favorite things to do back when I lived in the Basque Country was to go trail running up in the mountains and in the forests, but I never got anywhere as amazing, remote, and beautiful as this. Listo? Guys, we’re ready? Doing it. Next up on our Basque Bucket List repelling off the edge of this cliff down into this cave. It’s probably about 150 feet, maybe 50 meters repelling, and what an incredible location, you guys. This way? Okay. It’s not that far down. I know Alex is going to love this, though. You’re about to get the biggest wedgie of your life. Ready? Let’s go. This cave is called Baltzola But right now we are about to take it to another level, a deeper level. Apparently, this is the cave that belongs to Mari’s husband, and you’re supposed to wait for an invitation. I didn’t get a text message so I don’t know if we’re invited, but…… we’re not. We’re going to see what happens so hopefully, we’re not cursed by the gods. I wouldn’t jinx any of that stuff, Bro. All right, guys. We’re in this cave right now There’s a bunch of spiders and bats and myths. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Ready for lunch. Ring the lunch bell, Bro. Vamanos. Let’s go. Activate the scanners! We have arrived, and I’m going to be completely honest. I don’t much about where we have arrived, but I know that we’re here to eat. We are in for a serious treat right now. We’re right below the mountain of Anboto where Mari, the Basques goddess lives, but right here is a place of legends, as well. This is Asador Etxebarri. It has a Michelin Star because it’s supposed to be one of the best grill houses in the world. And the man behind the grill, Victor Arguinzoniz, is supposed to be a master of his craft. We’re about to see how he does his magic. Can we use epic here? This sounds like something of epic proportions. Epic, maybe, but it’s something of myths and legends, for sure. This is going to be a mythical place. Well let’s demystify and try it on our palette. Let’s go. Splurge. It gives a whole, new meaning to pea soup. Of course, we’ve come to a Michelin Star restaurant…ordering an IPA. California boys, through and through. That was delisioso… So good, man. It was supposed to be 13 courses. I think we had about 15 or 16 different things. I lost count. it was so good. The dishes are not super complex, they’re just high quality ingredients with an emphasis on local cuisine. Cooking it over the wood fire kind of imbues everything with a smoky taste. What I thought was awesome about it is that the recipes were ones that were inspired by his childhood…great ingredients, high quality and just generally a really pleasant dining experience. We’re going to see a lot more examples of this in the coming episodes, so stay tuned. There’s definitely no shortage of great food shots to come. But for now, we’re going to a place that is very special in the Basque world, Arantzazu. We’ve just arrived to Arantzazu, which is a monastery and a place of pilgrimage for believers in the Catholic Church. Apart from its spiritual significance, it’s just an absolutely incredible location. It is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. You are perched on the top of this rock out-cropping thousands of feet above the valley floor, opposite a couple of monoliths of rock. You can just feel the serenity of nature. This is one of my favorite places in the Basque Country. It’s one of those spots that just exudes the sense of peace. It’s really the heart of the Basque Country. We are between all the provinces. Bizkaia there. Gipuzkoa here. Araba and Navarra About 500 years ago, a pastor… a goat pastor found an image of the Virgin Mary, and over the years it’s become a place of pilgrimage and now has this avant-guard church, which you can see behind this big tower. I don’t know if you remember all those years ago. When we first started Vagabrothers four years ago, we hitch-hiked up here and we were trying to film, and our camera kept getting blown over. Each time we tried to say something, bells would ring. This is just ridiculous It’s kind of insane that 3 or 4 years later, we’re back up here…full circle again. Is it that really that surprising? This place is what inspired us to start making our travel videos. We made our first travel videos about the Basque Country. It was all about we’ve lived in San Sebastian, we go off on these little weekend trips. Obviously, we’ve loved this place for years, and we’ve wanted to make this series come back and finish what we were starting. Anyways, this is an incredible place. I hope that so far we’ve shown you three videos three days. I hope that you’re starting to get why we love the Basque Country The adventure continues tomorrow. We’re going somewhere else. We’re keeping it a secret. We’ll show you tomorrow Be sure that you guys stay tuned for that. In the meantime, give the video a thumbs-up. share it with your friends, and if you haven’t already, subscribe to Vagabrothers for new travel videos every week. As always, stay curious, keep exploring, and we’ll see you guys on the road. Agur. It’s a long way to England See you next year, English friend. Nice coat.

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100 thoughts on “The Very BEST of BASQUE CUISINE

  1. I love your videos! I am from La Rioja and most of my family lives in basque country! It is amaizing to see you guys showing everybody this part of spain. 🙂

    Listen to this song, talks about Mari the goddess 😉

  2. beautiful video once again!! It´s incredible the way you show our land to the people. Keep it up!!

  3. How fun guys! Keep having fun and pushing yourselves beyond what you think you can do. I love all the info you put in your videos. I try and put info in my videos as we go but you two must do a lot of research first.

  4. I could have said so many things about this video and I did say a few, but overall this video was on point, yo! Amazing video!

  5. action, history, food porn, amazing locations and beautiful cinematography! never stop making videos please 🙂

  6. Yo, where have I been? I don't even know how I unsubed from this channel. I'm so glad to be back, missed a bunch of videos, I'm gonna binge watch for hours!

  7. Incredible guys. I'm digging the series. Where'd you get the beats and tracks used in the vids? Sounds like they might all
    be from the same artist.

  8. Oh wow! What an incredible place. Definitely a place I'd love to visit someday! Thank you for sharing this magic!

  9. Which English-teaching program did you two go through in San Sebastián? I studied abroad in Spain last semester and am looking for a way to go back to live there for a little while longer 🙂

  10. I could feel the love in this video – especially enjoyed the food sequence and your taking a moment to reflect on the full circle.

    I spent a few days in San Sebastián years ago and it's still up there as the best food of my life. I was just stunned with how well they prepare the simplest things. 😋😋😋😋

  11. ummmm brb while I go raid my fridge except I have nothing as delicious as all that food! Daaaang that food looked amazing! YUMMMM

  12. Your videos are so well produced, you show the culture of the place implicit in the images, stories or any talk in general. I am not really a traveler but with your content and the other travelers vlogs as alanxelmundo I get inspired for some day I can do those kinds of travel. Thanks and cheers from Mexico!

  13. I thank you so much for the respect and love you are showing for our country in these videos… You have even explained a little bit our rmithology! Thank you so much guys! Greetings from Bilbao

  14. hi! I think your videos are really fantastic! you should come to Asturias too and go back to Catalonia to do more videos. one thing I would like to see more of is tips for budget travellers as well. that restaurant was sick but I would never have money to go there 😉

  15. Hey guys came over from Louis's Channel…I got halfway through the Channel trailer and clicked the subscribe button. THis Channel is so freaking AwesOOme….the Productions quality is like "tres tres Bon" So I'm like and Instant Fan….Hope to do a collab with you guys some day (When I start Traveling again.). And by the Major Food Porn in this video…lol

  16. Hey guys — have you done a vlog about how you pack for international trips? …especially with regard to lightweight packing, essentials, tips & tricks, etc. If not, any plans to do so?

  17. Those places are so unbeliveable! That church is gigantic! I want to go to all those places. Thx bros :)!

  18. Im so into this channel right now. Great content and I love everything about it. like I'm traveling too! Cheers guys!

  19. Are you going to Iruñea/Pamplona these days of San fermin party? If so take care with bulls! Nice videos.

  20. This series is amazing, you can really feel how passionate you guys are about the Basque Country. It seems to be such a beautiful area, have been to Spain several times but never to the Basque country, I guess I'll have to change that :D.

  21. Wow the Basque country looks so beautiful and interesting and also very educational. Love the video you guys are making amazing videos and i'm always so excited to see what you guys are up to.

  22. That cave looks amazing dudes 😀
    May I ask what camera did you use inside the cave?
    The light looks great.
    Keep travelling!

  23. Yeah I'm hating you guys right now! 🙂 Not really! You get to some of the most spectacular places and eat some amazing food (you've been to Ireland of course!) but the Basque Country which is very green like Ireland, looks incredible and I really must go there next year. Maybe I'll travel with my younger brother!! Keep up the good work guys, I really enjoy seeing your videos.

  24. Hi guys, we are working in Arantzazu as tourist guides 😉 Your video trasmits good vibes. Great job!!

  25. Guys, you did an incredible work on the Basque Country. Full of enthusiasm and respect, but also colourful and great choices . Zorionak and thank you!! Highly appreciated. (as a basque living abroad, you made my life easier… 😉 )

  26. Muy buena serie de videos sobre nuestra tierra. Además han mejorado mucho desde que os conocí en 2013.
    Saludos desde Durango, Bizkaia.

  27. Hey guys! I'm from Ohio but I'm currently studying in Madrid. I'm doing a project on País Vasco and found this vlog. I'm assuming your parents are from the Basque country, but you guys have lived in the United States since very young?

  28. Ok, these videos are awesome. But, really, 7:57 just one f… shrimp in the dish? I don't understand this cuisine.

  29. Eskerrik asko, Vagabrothers. You know more about Pais Vasco than most non resident people of Basque heritage.

  30. I love your Basque series!!! soooo excited for my upcoming trip this August!! 🙂 I hope I get to try and see (most) of the places and things you featured, especially the food!! and I hope to arrive in San Sebastian in one piece from Lourdes, France. LOL! Cheers to your  awesome Basque series guys! So nice!

  31. My parents were Basque farmers they were born in 1934 and 1937 . the videos of the Basque Country are perfects, we are as naturals as the stones where we live for the last 40,000 years. We live in harmony with the natural world and we love our old Euskera (Basque language). We are the last aborigines in Europe.

  32. I'm trying to plan a trip to Spain for my Honeymoon. I want to see the traditional touristy spots but I'm also interested in visiting places I've never heard of. THANK YOU for these amazing videos I have to watch only a couple at a time because if not I start getting too excited.

  33. imagine being the wanker sad lowlife that thumbs down this video.
    what an experience you guys have shared. Makes me think… WHY DIDN'T I BECOME A VLOGGER haha back before I had kids.
    thanks for showcasing the land of my family origins.

  34. You did a good job describing the places you’ve been to. I’m Basque and I couldn’t explain it better myself.
    I also got excited when you visited the Baltzola Cave which is inone of my granny’s hometown: Dima. Pretty close from Urkiola.
    Another fun fact is the origin of the Arantzazu Sanctuary’s name: as you explained it the Virgin Mary appeared on a Hawthorne to a shepperd. Hence the name. He said in Basque: “Hain polita eta ARANTZAN ZU?” (So beautiful and yet you are on a Hawthorne?)
    In Spanish: “ ¿Tan bonita, y tú en el espino?”

  35. Isnt the basque country food is a scheme ? Everything is cut down to small portions you will pay xxxx amount of money to get full…. because this is my concern of visiting san Sebastian im used to beast mode when eating im not into that faggy arty food bullshit i want an “ actual meal “ i don’t wanna beg in the streets after eating pinxos or whatever that name is

  36. Awesome adventure in the Basque country, all that stuff.😚 climbing yes it would make me hungry 2, yummy yahoooooooo

  37. I love the Basque region I live in Barcelona and for the past 2 years, I've been wanting to move to the Basque region either San Sebastian, Vitoria or Bilbao. I love Vitoria, I think its great for a weekend but I'm not sure about living there, but I love the city. Since Bilbao is the biggest I think it's best but I feel it doesn't have a very medieval vibe.

  38. Vagabrothers, your joy and love of what you do is incredible! It is so inspiring to see two such talented people bringing the best of the world to those of us who otherwise would not even be able to imagine such places. You make us all feel as though we're tagging along with you on an adventure. What you do is a real calling that does real good.

  39. Basque people need their own country that isn't in Spain or France, beautiful and interesting culture with amazing people

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