"...more outrageously good restaurants per square mile than just about anywhere in Europe. Even the bad restaurants are good." - Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown
It is not enough to see Basque Country with your eyes. One really needs to experience it.
Walk through the streets, hike the mountains, wander along the rivers and stroll along the shores. Listen to the sounds of the Basque language also known as Euskera. It is a language with no known linguistic relatives, and is one of the few surviving pre-Indo-European languages in Europe. Spoken by around 700,000 people in the Basque Country, it is an important part of the region's identity and culture.
Sit in a town square or on a bench by the sea and absorb the beauty and strength of this unique region. Taste and learn about Basque Country through its cuisine and local products: fresh fish, crustaceans and mollusks, fruits and vegetables in season like apples, tomatoes and peppers, savory meats, and cheeses. Often, meals will consist of foods that are fresh and simply prepared to let the ingredients shine through. However, there is also the other side of Basque cuisine with its multitude of Michelin stars. Meals can be elaborate events that showcase impeccable cooking technique and fantastic creations utilizing artistic, physical, and chemical transformations of everyday food products.
Basque Country is not something that can be seen and known in a day. It’s something to be lived and experienced, over and over again.
Where is Basque Country? Basque Country straddles parts of Spain and France. Spanish Basque Country is located in the northern part of Spain, almost directly north of Madrid. It is made up of the provinces of Álava, Biscay, and Gipuzcoa. French Basque Country stretches from Bayonne in the north, to the western end of the Pyrenees, down to the Spanish border at Hendaye.
Basque Country, Spain
Hondarribia The charming fishing village of Hondarribia is the home base for Cook Drink Eat Spain. It is made up of two parts - the charming Marina district with it's tree-lined pedestrian avenue and the old town on the hill still surrounded by medieval stone walls. Hondarribia has come into its own and is quickly becoming a must-see, must-eat foodie hot spot. It sits at the mouth of the Bidasoa river and shares a border with France. Hondarribia is filled with amazing bars and restaurants known for their award winning food.
Basque Country - País Vasco - Euskadi Basque Country is one of Spain's 17 autonomous communities. It is a region that considers cultural identity before national borders. Basque Country and its cities like San Sebastian, Hondarribia, Getaria, and Bilbao are all known for their cutting edge gastronomy. In fact, there are more Michelin stars per capita in Basque Country than any other city in the world with the exception of Tokyo. Basque Country is where you will find the vanguards and innovators of gastronomy at Michelin starred restaurants. You will also find restaurants without Michelin stars that serve some of the best tasting food in the world. Fresh delicious seafood that is brought in daily by the local fisherman. Food that is sometimes elaborately or simply prepared but always with an eye to featuring the fresh quality of the local products.
GETTING TO HONDARRIBIA San Sebastian Airport (EAS) is the closest airport to Hondarribia. Although it is called San Sebastian Airport, EAS airport is located in the municipality of Hondarribia. It is only a 5 to 10 minute taxi ride to/from EAS airport to the center of Hondarribia. Iberia Airlines has connections from Madrid and Barcelona.
Bilbao Airport (BIO) is located 76 miles/120 km west of Hondarribia. BIO serves domestic and international airlines.
Biarritz Airport (BIQ) is located 21 miles/35 km northeast of Hondarribia in Biarritz, France. Air France and several smaller European carriers fly from BIQ
Ongi etorri means welcome in the Basque language, Euskera