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.

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