2 SAN SEBASTIÁN
There's Madrid, but San Sebastián is undisputedly the cradle of Spanish gastronomy. Madrid may be teeming with century-old restaurants, but San Sebastián is fondly described as being a mini Paris in Basque style. Famous for pintxos (the Basque version of tapas) and for having the highest concentration of bars in the world, the ritual of txikiteo (similar to a pub crawl, which involves bar-hopping for drinks and pintxos) is a must. The seaside city boasts 15 Michelin stars spread across seven restaurants (it has three restaurants with three stars each – Arzak, Akelaŕe and Martín Berasategui), earning it more stars per capita than anywhere else in the world (other than Tokyo).
A good place for foodies to start their tour is Parte Vieja (Old Town), where all the cool bars are sited. While in between your bar-hopping adventure, visit popular attractions such as Santa María del Coro Church; the Constitution Square ‘La Consti’, a neo-classical square built around the former City Hall; and San Telmo Museum, the oldest museum in the Basque Country.