All societies have their own particular traditions, beliefs assed down with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past. Today we would like to share one of our Basque traditions with you.
Eguzkilore, also known as Carlina Acaulis, is a plant from northern Spain that has become a traditional symbol for the population.
The legend of the Eguzkilore flower is very old and has been transmitted orally from generation to generation, perpetuating the belief that this flower has a magical power. It is said to have the same mystical functions as the ones attributed to the sun and that is why its dried flower is often placed in the entrance door of many farmhouses. The traditional superstition believes the flower drives away evil spirits, witches, diseases, storm and lightning. In the Basque Country, the Eguzkilore represents peace and development.
In Spain, we have a lot of traditions like this that keep our past origins alive and that is why we think it’s important to melt them with our present life. A good example is the jewelry created by Zuluaga, Basque jewelers since 1950, who use traditional patterns to create unique luxury pieces. At their shop Eguzkilore you will find the finest handmade jewelry.
We give our clients the opportunity to live a personalized experience at the best Basque boutique shops that have been carefully chosen by us. It is not only about shopping but also about experiencing the power of our traditions melted with the most sophisticated products.
Among our key Strengths, we put special attention on innovation. It’s extremely important for our Company to offer new and genuine activities that our clients have never experienced before.
This is the reason why we offer a unique experience for the most discerning palates: an underwater wine tasting. Ever heard of it?
These limited-edition wines have a unique aroma and taste due to the way they have been aged: under the waves and currents of the Bay of Biscay.
We offer you the opportunity to taste one of the most special wines in Spain. And it is not only an innovative experience, but also a sustainable activity since the cellar was designed on 2008 as an artificial reef and is now a natural laboratory where various marine biology studies are carried out, attracting interest from various universities and institutions. The Company also performs periodic monitoring to assess biodiversity and the possible effects of climate change in parallel to the beverage production under strict quality controls.
Crusoe Treasure is one of the few companies to offer this innovative product and we are glad to work with them in order to offer you a special experience to remember.
The past 31st of May, The port of cruise ships in Bilbao, Getxo set its record this season, with more than 8700 guests and 3000 crew members in total.
Independence of the Seas, the biggest of the cruise ships that day in Port, helds one of the highest rock climbing walls, golf simulator, ice skating rings, a wave simulator and more than 10 pools and jacuzzis, a theater for 2000 people and many options for dining, but the guests had other idea in mind, visiting Bilbao.
The Independence was docked in the superb crystal building that represents today the Port of Bilbao. A magnificent building, with all the requirements to make the transition from the ship top the pier an easy one.
Guests were guided at the earliest hours to their tour bus, where hundreds of guests enjoy a full day of discovering Bilbao, Gernika, Castro Urdiales and many other places from the hand of our experienced guides from NIS.
Thousand other guests were taken on their own to Bilbao downtown where they spent many hours until 5pm when the ship set sailed to their next destination, Gijon, Asturias.
May 16th it is a date that everyone in the Tourism business knows. IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany, is the landmark exhibition for professionals working within the incentive travel, meetings and events industry, run by meetings professionals for meetings professionals.
This year european exhibitors took nearly 45% of the space being the primarily option where 3500 exhibitors of 150 countries had their space. 14.000 participants in total, thousands of appointments, an another success for NIS.
Miramar, our avid traveller and experienced representative, had the chance of spending 2 days at the IMEX Frankfurt full of scheduled appointments, bringing her innovative ideas and showing once more, that there is many opportunities in Northern Spain for big or small companies, where we take care of their request and accommodate every wish, adopting ideas, and promoting new ones.
From the 7th to the 10th of May, Marimar, our best representative for NIS, here and abroad, brought to Cancun, Mexico, the best destination ideas for hundreds of incentive vendors from across Europe and the Americas in the yearly America Forum 2017.
This networking experiences are a great opportunity to show and learn about different destinations, maybe not well known from far and bring them the opportunity to be close, very hard work days, where agendas are full of meetings. Meetings where we get to teach and learn a bit more about what we have to offer, different experiences, highest quality in services and innovative ideas and much more.
NIS represent the northern part of Spain as it best, demonstrating once again that we work hard, we know what we sell and we want to show everyone why is becoming one of the best destinations in Spain.
More than 40 International Buyers experts of MICE are gathering for a one on one meetings in the South of Spain, the astonishing Marbella, Malaga.
It is a great opportunity for networking between MICE suppliers and top European agencies, corporates and associations organizing meetings, incentives, conferences, international congresses, product launches and events.
NIS, is being represented by Mari Mar, our top Sales Representative and the best ambassador that we could have, she brings to this kind of networkings all her experience and knowledge of all northern Spain, for small to big companies, where she can achieve what she does best, offering not only the best programs, but the best quality that any company can ask for.
Experience can get you to many places, and NIS too.
Bringing a bit of the northwest Spain to the Basque Country, Galicia, a well known place first of all for their pilgrim race, but Galicia is more than that, It is surrounded by beautiful lagoons, crystal-cleat rivers and forrest and never to forget one of their strong keys…Gastronomy.
The best fresh seafood can be found in every corner of each town you may visit, the wines are recognized worldwide, fresh whites that accompany the afternoons after a day of visits, a day of discovering the different sites that Galicia brings to you.
The past 6th of April, NIS organized with the Tourism Agency for the promotion of Galicia, TURGALICIA, a gathering in Bodega Urbana, in the center of Bilbao where hundreds of travel agents where invited to enjoy an afternoon of wine and Camellias, the place looked like a forrest where you could enjoy a wide variety of wine tasting and a cocktail from the one Michelin Star Chef, Pepe Solla, from Pontevedra.
A presentation from the destination was shown and the participants were given massages with products related to Wines.
Galicia has many choices, many environments to be discover and a truly a unique experience for all.
Getxo, one of our most charming towns in the outskirts of Bilbao, it was erected in the 12th century and what started as a place for Fishermans, was soon the selected spot for the most prominent families, grand villas began to be built, which initially led to become one of the summer holiday resorts for the aristocracy and upper middle classes from the inland provinces and also from Bilbao.
Begone Point Gallery is adapted to the coastal geography and was built by Ricardo Bastida in 1919. With columns and covered by a balustraded terrace. Its main function was to continue and finish off the containment and defence wall of the cliff on which the Atxekolandeta family seats stand, location of the Echevarrieta family mansion – an English-style home designed by the architect Gregorio Ibarreche in 1910, and which is no longer standing. as one of the emblematic buildings, and due all the interest in this heritage site, Getxo has offered one more year free visits to its galleries. NIS has the privilege of providing the guided tours in different languages ,showing the part of the history that still remained untouched and how the University of the Basque Country is contributing to their recovery.
This is an experience in Getxo that you shouldn’t miss.
As it was just a few months ago that we said our goodbyes to the Cruise Ship season, this new one has started already! The P&O Britannia, with nearly at its full capacity, 3900 guests plus crew, well known in our coast and our port, had the privilege of being the first Cruise Liner docking in the new port of Getxo.
Guests were gladly surprised of the layout of the Terminal, with the majestuosity of the crystal building, the amplitude of the area and the new and technological security features for all users made with this first arrival a very pleasant one, and of course the day helped too! with nearly 29C !
Nis had the opportunity of trying the new terminal, as we manage the operation from the port and from Bilbao downtown, where thousands of passengers were transfer to discover the city by themselves or in the numerous tours that we offered. Never to forget that not only these tours goes to Bilbao , but to other corners of our beautiful and not yet fully discover corners of the Basque Country, Donostia, Gernika, etc…so don’t miss out. Come and enjoy!
The past 18th of April Oslo Tourism Office celebrated in Oslo, Norway, the day of Spain.
Nis, was invited to assist to this event, where more than 80 touroperators, bloggers and other people with relation with Spain and turism in general gather for a short presentation of the destination. We had the opportunity of showing and telling what else the escandinavians can see in Northern Spain, not what they are used to! we have more than beaches in here!
The event took place in a Palace, Gamle Logen, inaugurated in 1839, where the King Karl Johan was the main figure and who aimed to use this Palace as a place of events and dance balls.