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Traditional regional foods

The Bay of Biscay offers the best of its fruits to the coastal towns. Its seafood is even considered to be one of the main tourist attractions of the area. Our internationally acclaimed chefs and an endless list of restaurants cooking up excellent dishes day in day out with great skill and know-how has no doubt also contributed to this. The seafood served up at these restaurants is the star ingredient of their famous dishes.

Visitors to the area can enjoy real, healthy and varied food. As a treat for all the senses, we recommend a tasty grilled fish, whose delicious aromas will activate every sense even before we sit down at the table.

Pintxos are the iconic bar snack of Basque cuisine. They are an absolute must on any visit to the Basque Coast. These miniature works of art of our cuisine are a harmonious fusion of seafood and the fruits of the earth in a tasty and imaginative snack.

Txakoli, the local wine, is the ideal accompaniment to our dishes. Fresh and light, txakoli is a slightly sparkling and somewhat acidic white wine. It is produced under the Designation of Origin Getariako Txakolina and is considered one of the finest txakolis.

The Basque Coast is also blessed with the ideal climate and conditions for vegetable growing. The quality of the region's produce can be observed at any market. There is a wonderful dairy tradition here too, especially of cheeses and curds or mamia, a very typical Basque product. Beef from pasture-raised cows in the nearby mountains, spring lamb and farmhouse chicken round off the products from the land.

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