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The small Basque city of San Sebastian with its
elegant Belle Epoque architecture has more
Michelin stars per square meter than anywhere
else in the world and is home to #21 on the list
of the World’s Top 50 Best Restaurants.
TEX T BY SANDY LINDSEY
Rising to become know as “The Food Capital Of The Planet,”
San Sebastian showcases hundreds of pintxos bars and simple
drinking dens offering everything from traditional rustic snacks to
small-plate gourmet selections. Pinxtos, or “spikes” in the Basque
language proudly spoken throughout the region, are tapas taken to
a whole new level of culinary tours de force — and all at “miniature”
prices. Being located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, the city
is known for producing some of the freshest and most succulent
seafood in the world, highlighted by exotic items such as goose
barnacles and squid served in its own ink. While the seafood and
pintxos are becoming well known globally, the city’s fabulous
desserts are still in the background. There’s plenty of intriguing
walking to do as well, which burns off all those extra calories
consumed at the old-style eateries and innovative new gastro-
bars…meaning there should be enough room to indulge on local
pastries Pastel Vasco and Pantxineta; SanSebastianTurismo.com.