It was a tough job, but someone had to trawl all the pintxos (Basque for tapas) bars in San Sebastian to let you know which were the best.

In San Sebastian there's undoubtedly plenty of choice, but it's the general level of quality of produce (in even the scruffiest looking bars) that really appeals. The fact that these delectable delights are all served in atmospheric surroundings in the elegant grid of streets, which make up the Old Town, just adds to the whole experience. San Sebastian has more Michelin stared restaurants than anywhere else barring Manhattan.

It's not just San Sebastian that carries the flag for Basque food though as Bilbao also has its fair share of excellent pintxerias and we've gone to enormous lengths to sample these too.

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Places to Stay in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Rioja

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