the ultimate of gourmet destinations
Nestled on the northern coast of Spain, San Sebastian is a city with such hype around it that the leery experienced traveler might steer clear of it for fear of finding some tourist trap. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Stepping off the train you are immediately greeted by towering nineteenth century architecture lining each and every grand boulevard. The city was devastated by fire in 1813; the subsequent reconstruction is what gave the city its architectural personality, more likened to the great cities of Europe than many destinations in Spain. The city’s beauty alone, enclave beaches and green mountains running right up into the Bay of Biscay, would be enough to draw tourists.
But the real attraction of San Sebastian is its gastronomic prowess. One of the best known food cities, San Sebastian boasts the most Michelin stars per capita of anywhere in the world. Everywhere you turn, there are endless bars blanketed in jaw dropping and mouthwatering tapas. Haute cuisine is king in this culinary capital and you’re not apt to forget it as every bar boasts a more astounding variety of foie gras, sea urchin, caviar, porcini or any other number of exotically indulgent offerings prepared with nitrogen, foam, freeze-drying, or some other unheard of technique.
Yet you don’t need to be a food snob to appreciate San Sebastian. Even the uncultured palate will enjoy these tempting treats. One thing’s for sure: San Sebastian will be sure to surprise you. Next time you’re craving good eats and breathtaking scenery, head for the ultimate of gourmet destinations – San Sebastian.