Once a rocket is shot into the sky (known as the txupinazo), the festival’s mascot, Marijai, makes her grand entrance onto the balcony. What follows next is the culmination of events that form the biggest party of the year, known as Aste Nagusia or Semana Grande. This major event takes place in Bilbao and starts on the 15th August. During 9 days at Aste Nagusia, Basque culture is celebrated at its fullest. There is traditional Basque music and dancing, as well as Basque rural sports, such as wood chopping and stone carrying competitions. The streets are lined with tents offering a wide variety of food and drinks. All of the daily events are followed up by a nightly fireworks competition that lights up the city’s sky. Afterwards, there are loads of concerts and even more partying. 


You don’t have to come to the ‘Semana Grande’ to experience Basque traditions. Let us take care of showing you the Basque culture. In an ancient and restored Caserío, in the style of the old farm houses of Basque Country, and in a natural environment nearby Bilbao, the group will be welcomed by a Basque dance group dressed in traditional clothes giving them a performance of traditional Basque music and dance. Following, an exhibition of rural sports, as performed in local festivities all over the Basque Country, will be shown. These traditional rural sports include wood-cutting, stone lifting, etc. During the exhibition an appetizer will be served and afterwards the group will enjoy a Basque lunch or dinner.


Bilbao is a very gastronomic city with Michelin-star restaurants where many famous innovative chefs delight your day with the most special dishes. These dishes are often accompanied by fantastic wines from the nearby wine region ‘La Rioja’. We will take you on a wine adventure you will never forget! We will show you a family winery that has kept up the traditional way of producing wines, while incorporating innovative techniques. At this unique winery you will enjoy two activities: a segway tour through the vineyards and the elaboration of your own wine with the help of the an oenologist. The group will be split in two smaller groups to do the activities in reverse order. Afterwards you will enjoy a local lunch.

Do you like it our idea for your incentive trip? Contact us! +34 93 272 05 41/ info@incentivesbarcelona.es / www.incentivesbarcelona.es

See you soon!

IB Team

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