Basque Country in northern Spain has long attracted anyone interested in trying some of the world’s most celebrated dishes. The region’s restaurants have earned around 30 Michelin stars, and one city, San Sebastián, has the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants per capita in the world. Another unofficial capital of the autonomous Spanish Basque Country is Bilbao, which has a strong, centuries-old culinary presence as well.
But you don’t have to eat at a world-renowned restaurant to have a spectacular meal in Basque Country. Pintxos, small snacks similar to tapas, are served in nearly every tavern in the region, and indulging in a pintxo crawl is a fun way to jump into Basque culture and mingle with locals. As a tourist, you’ll mostly be left to fend for yourself, though there’s no reason to be shy about asking questions at the bar. And while there’s no wrong way to do a pintxos crawl, the best way is to follow what the locals do.