Yesterday I landed in Madrid Airport. The scorching heat of Spain’s interior only relented after five hot hours in the car, finally crossing the threshold into the vivid green Basque Country then as if in a dream drifting around an ocean road bend to see the beauty of our Gipuzkoan coastal fishing town. The south wind off the Cantabrian and the scent of the Txakoli grapes blended beautifully, welcoming me, it seemed, back home. Unlike the sizzling blue skies of the Iberian plains, today is cloudy in Euskadi, and it is so good to feel the lush grass damp from the morning dew, to breathe the briny air, and to hear the sound the the trikitixa and the music of people in the plaza. Holding my camera in one hand and my daughter’s hand in the other, we look towards the sea and set out walking along the northern route of St James’s Way. To share a glimpse, here are four photos from today and some favourites from when I first landed here, moving into and embracing this culture that has been so good for and to my family and me.
San Sebastián’s nearly two hundred thousand inhabitants living by the beautiful La Concha beach might be biased in thinking of their flourishing culinary city as the food capital of the world. But the Basque Country does have the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants per capita on earth. And its stunning scenery is treasured by the ancient people who have traditionally lived in baserri farm houses, pulling the best tomatoes, lettuces and peppers out of this hilly land where sheep have dotted the landscape and put excellent cheeses on the table for centuries, possibly millennia. The richness of the cuisine is matched only by the richness of the culture, and at San Sebastián Food, our passion is to create experiences that take the visitor to the best of the Basque Country.