The Michelin Guide
The Michelin Guide has announced its 2016 rankings for Spain and Portugal, and while no new three-star restaurants were named, eight of the region’s best restaurants retained their perfect scores — El Celler de Can Roca, Arzak, DiverXO, Akelaŕe, Azurmendi, Martín Berasategui, Quique Dacosta, and Sant Pau.
Notably, Mugaritz in San Sebastian, which is currently ranked sixth among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants according to S. Pellegrino, did not make it to the top tier of Michelin restaurants, keeping its two stars.
Two restaurants, Coque in Madrid and Zaranda at the Castell Son Claret Hotel in Mallorca, were upgraded to two stars. Zaranda is currently closed, and will reopen in February 2016.
Spain and Portugal now boast a total of 23 two-starred restaurants, and 157 one-starred restaurants, with this year’s addition of 15 restaurants that earned their first star, including 14 from Spain and one from Portugal. In Spain, 33 restaurants were added to the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmands, a selection of restaurants notable for their excellent value, while seven new restaurants were added from Portugal.