Basque-Ing Around

An elegant city sparkling under several Michelin stars, San Sebastián is on the shores of the Bay of Biscay in the Basque region of northern Spain. Also known as Donostia, the city can claim itself as one of the food capitals of the world and an architectural beauty with Belle Époque charm.

From haute dining to casual pinxto bars and markets, epicureans can immerse themselves in the food loving traditions and culture of the Basque. The trio of three-starred Michelin restaurants: Akelarre, Arzak and Martin Berasategui, put the region on the map. A splurge on lunch or dinner is worth the experience.

Just 20 minutes outside of the city, Mugaritz country house awaits to entertain with a theatrical dining experience. Save room to wander through the daily markets of La Bretxa or San Martin for a closer look at the indigenous ingredients of the region.

A stroll, or txikiteo as the locals say, along the cobbled streets of Parte Vieja for pinxto tasting is a must for everyone. Notable standouts include Gandarias, Casa Vergara, La Cuchara de San Telmo, A Fuego Negro, and Izazpi.

When you're not sunning or swimming, walk the coastline crossing Ondarreta and La Concha beaches on your 3km stroll past famous sculptures by Chillida and Oteiza, rock formations named after parrots, and majestic former monarchical residences. To get a bird's eye view of the bay, follow the path to Mount Urgull.

Stay at Astoria7,a cinema-themed boutique hotel where each room is dedicated to a modern movie star and retro sophistication rules, or Villa Soro, a classic styled villa that oozes charm and service.

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