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Eating my way through Basque country

Greetings from San Sebastian in the Basque country. I’ve been to Spain many times before, but this part of the country has always eluded me. Situated in the north of Spain in the Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian is probably the best known of the Belle Époque resorts along the coast.

Geographically it reminds me of Rio de Janeiro, with curved beaches intertwined between tall hills. One of the hills even has a statue of Jesus, to further add to the similarity.

Everybody says that the best food in Spain is in San Sebastian, so of course I had to try it. It is supposedly inspired by the French, but still Spanish at heart with the inclusion of excellent seafood. The basque tradition is to do a pintxo crawl, that is having one or two pintxos (similar to tapas) before moving on to the next tiny bar. Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country.

Txakoli Let the Txakoli flow at Borda Berri.
Makobe burger The famous Makobe burger at A Fuego Negro was tiny but delicious.
Pintxos The alleys of Parte Vieja are always crammed in the evening.
Pintxos A fistful of pintxos.

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