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San Sebastian for food, wine , food, wine, food, wine…fiesta

There’s one thing missing from the North West of Spain, and that’s the feeling that you’re in Spain. Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria are, for the most part cold, wet and expensive; you may as well have stayed at home where at least you’ll be sure of a decent cuppa.

But, there’s an exception as you move east and into the famed Basque Country with the likes of Bilbao, Gernika and San Sebastian. With more Michelin stars per capita than any other city, San Sebastian is a mecca for foodies, and is perfect this time of year with few tourists and mild weather.

Work up an appetite with a walk along the palm-studded Playa de la Concha or through the old town, before feasting on ‘pintxos’ – Basque tapas – in Bar Txepetxa (C/Pescadería 5) known for its award-winning anchovies, or Bar Bergara (C/Artetze Jeneralaren Kalea 8) where the pintxos are like mini works of art.

Failing that, sell the house and dine at Zuberoa, zuberoa.com, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in a 14th-century farmhouse in nearby Iturriotz.

Stick a red kerchief around your neck and you’ll go a lot further – don’t ask why....

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