Above: Traditional elvers (eel) pintxo in San Sebastián

It’s difficult to eat badly in San Sebastián. Nestled between the French Pyrenees andSpanish Basque country, this epicurean city takes food very seriously. Historically, San Sebastián (or Donostia, as it’s called in the Basque tongue) was a luxurious seaside escape for the Spanish royalty. If you spend even five minutes in this idyllic city, it’s easy to see the allure of the cerulean blue water, emerald hills, palm-tree-lined promenades and Belle Epoque sandstone buildings. Today, though, people from all over the world flock to this coastal town to do one thing: Eat.

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Above: Traditional elvers (eel) pintxo in San Sebastián

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