Hunting for Wild Mushrooms: Ir de SetasLocal gourmands know there is nothing more delicious than the delicate earthy flavors of freshly picked wild mushrooms. Join a seasoned guide on a morning hike in search of this local delicacy and enjoy lunch in a traditional setting
José and Erik are local guides who enjoy helping visitors discover the land, country, traditions, people, cities and villages that make up the Basque Country. From exciting adventures to private journeys for discerning travelers they prepare authentic local experiences
Foraging for wild mushrooms or setas is a favorite past time in the Basque Country, a land of obsessive mycologists. The hilly terrain and lush green forests offer the ideal microclimate for wild mushrooms. Many weekend enthusiasts take to the hillsides in the spring and autumn for this prized delicacy.
And while you can always head to the Mercado de la Ribera in Bilbao, the farmers market in Ordizia, La Bretxa market in San Sebastian or reserve a table at one of the many gastro-meccas in the Basque Country for a sample of the local setas, there is nothing quite like the unique experience of foraging for mushrooms and enjoying the fresh air on a hike through the forest.
Meet up with Erik, who will take you on a guided hike to the best local spots to look for wild mushrooms. Learn about the difference between boletus, perritxiko, gilberurdina, champiñon and other edible varieties of mushrooms depending on the season.
Enjoy lunch in a traditional caserio or txoko where you can enjoy the flavors of your freshly harvested mushrooms grilled, baked or scrambled with eggs or a hint of garlic and parsley to bring out their best flavors.
Fresh mushrooms are available year round in the Basque Country, however spring and autumn are the best seasons for sampling the most sought after varieties like theperretxikos in Alava that grow during the festival of San Prudencio.Includes: Pick up from hotel, hiking, guide, transportation, insurance.The type of mushrooms available will vary by season and climate.