Pintxos Bars in Basque Country
One thing Basque country is famous for is its food. And what better way to be introduced to its culinary culture than by hitting the many pintxos bars in Basque country. Tapas are called pintxos in this part of the country. They are spiked on a piece of bread hence the name, which literally means spike or thorn.
Here are some of the pintxo bars we visited in Bilbao and San Sebastián. Tucked away in a corner of the Plaza Berria in Bilbao, you'll find a cosy little bar called Sorginzulo. The pintxos are freshly made and tasted divine. We opted for a mini baguette with Iberico ham, a Spanish omelette and a mini roll with goat's cheese drizzled with a tomato relish, all washed down with a glass of chilled, local rose wine.
On the same square you'll find lively Victor Montes. The pintxos here are a tad pricey, but taste good nonetheless and it's worth to take a look here. The decor is opulent with lots of interesting memorabilia everywhere, like a metal arm holding a beer mark on the bar and fridges filled with wine bottles.
Our second stop of the day was at nearby Bar Etxaniz where the pintxos were a bit more traditional. Here we filled up on the traditional chorizo, tortilla and ham croquetas skewered on fresh bread accompanied by a glass of cava.
There were lots more of these pintxos bars in both Bilbao and San Sebastián and I'm sure there are many more that are just as good or even better. Your best bet is to just walk around and try a few, and make sure you come hungry.