It's no wonder that her name is legendary. Edurne Pasaban (Tolosa, 1973) is the first woman to have reached the top of all fourteen 8,000 metre peaks – the top of the world. She has won numerous awards, including Spain’s Gold Medal for Sports Merit in 2010, and the Basque Government’s Universal Basque Award in 2011. Today, Edurne Pasaban gives talks to companies and organisations dedicated to sport. And she has founded her own travel agency, KABI by Edurne Pasaban (, which organises travel in the Basque Country and the Pyrenees. In addition, she puts huge doses of energy and passion into Mountaineers for the Himalayas, a foundation she created to promote projects geared toward educating children in the Himalayas. A genuine legend.

Edurne Pasaban
I'm new to Euskadi. What's the first thing I should visit?

The city of San Sebastián.

The best Basque dish is...

My favourite Basque dish is a plate of black beans from Tolosa or a fresh Bay of Biscay sea bream.

What's your favourite pintxo? Maybe even one that you make at home?

A pintxo made with tuna, Cantabrian anchovy and an Ibarra guindilla, or a pintxo of beef cheeks.

Of the wide variety of Basque music, what is your favourite song and/or singer?

Benito lertxundi "Udazken Koloretan"
Mikel Laboa "Hegoak ebaki banizkio"

What places in the world of art (churches, museums, sculpture…) should I be sure and see if I visit Euskadi?

The Chillida Leku Museum and Arantzazu.

Name a place in Euskadi that is very special for you, a place you go to just wander and unwind.

Sometimes I like to take a walk along the coast, and other times in the mountains. Walking from San Juan to Hondarrabi, over Jaizkibel, to see the coast, sea cliffs and waves of the Cantabrian Sea relaxes me. Walking through the forests and fields of Aralar makes me feel free.

If I go with children, where should I take them and what sorts of activities could I do with them?

There are a lot of things to do with children. Walking through the mountains and forests, for example, in Pagoeta Natural Park, and seeing the Agorregi Ironworks.

What advice would you give to somebody visiting Euskadi for the first time?

Try to find experiences that will allow them to get a first-hand feeling for Basque culture. Let the locals give you advice. Don't miss Euskadi’s hinterland. There are as many interesting things inland as there are on the coast to help visitors understand our culture and lifestyle.

What do you miss the most when you are far from home?

Our food, our mountains and being able to be in the mountains and smell the salt air at the same time.

The most beautiful thing in the Basque Country to you is...

The Basque people. I'm sure that the people who come to visit us in Euskadi will go home with fond memories of the people they meet.

When friends come to visit from out of town, what do you always make sure and show them?

The Wind Comb in San Sebastián, and the old town with its pintxo bars.

Is Euskadi better to visit in spring, autumn, winter or summer?

It depends where you go, but I think the spring, summer, and of course the autumn, with its colours are all good times of the year to visit.

What is your favourite fiesta or event in Euskadi?

The rowing regatta at La Concha is a sport and cultural event in a very lively atmosphere.
The feast day of San Sebastián and the tamborrada marching parade.