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local specialities in the Basque Country

Basque Gastronomy

Why not sample some of the delicious local cuisine from the Basque Country?

San Sebastián’s old quarter is known for its tapas (or pinxtos as they’re known in the Basque language). A word of advice: in the tascas, or tapas bars, it’s considered a point of pride to have a messy floor – the more old napkins lying in the dust, the more people have eaten there – so don’t avoid those that look unswept.

Bacalao or cod is a staple ingredient in any Basque kitchen. A popular dish is bacalao al pil-pil, which is cod with garlic and chilli.

Txakoli is the local white wine. It’s light and acidic, and the Basque people like to drink it as an accompaniment to tapas.