Spain is one Europe’s greatest gastronomic nations. Along with France, it is the continent’s capital of haute cuisine. And if there is one city in Spain which is particularly famous for its food, it has to be San Sebastian.
A visit to San Sebastian is like a feast, not only for the taste buds, but also for the eyes; it is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in Spain.
Located in the North of the Iberian Peninsula, Donostia, as the locals call it, is the capital of one of the three provinces which make up the Basque Country, an autonomous community in Spain. In truth, the entire Basque region is internationally acclaimed for its cuisine, but all of the guidebooks agree that of its three provincial capitals, San Sebastian is the essential foodie destination.
In both the city itself and the surrounding area, you will find some of the most prestigious restaurants not only in Spain, but in the whole world. Several renowned Michelin-starred restaurants can be found within a radius of just a few miles. For example, Arzak, one of the best known on an international level, is in the city itself. Top chef Berasategui’s eponymous restaurant and the celebrated Mugaritz are also close by. Any lover of gastronomy and fine dining who visits San Sebastian can taste some of the world’s best dishes without leaving the city.
As well as restaurants, we are famous for our “pintxos,” the delicious morsels served in bars throughout the city. Some of them are so elaborate that they are true works of art, great dishes in miniature. If you visit San Sebastian and want to try them, the best place to go is the city’s parte vieja, or old town. Here you will find the most famous bars, where you can sample a vast array of pintxos, washed down with a glass or two of wine.
Finally, as we mentioned earlier in this article, San Sebastian has plenty of things to see and do. It is a truly beautiful place, and it’s well worth spending a few days here, not just for the food, but also to experience all the city has to offer.