Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal 2019 RESULTS ARE IN:

The 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal has now been presented and spoiler alert: There’s a NEW Michelin 3* !!!!!
The gastronomic Oscars festival was presented this evening LIVE from Lisbon – Portugal – at the Carlos Lopes pavilion, under the culinary coordination of two Michelin-starred Belcanto chef, José Avillez.

This is the first time ever that the Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal has been presented from Portugal but … Oh what a night!!!! A night that has left Michelin stars raining down all over Spain and Portugal!

This year a whopping 30 NEW Michelin Stars were awarded between Spain and Portugal!


1 NEW Michelin 3* Restaurant  – awarded to Dani Garcia 


*** ALL  11 Michelin 3* Restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal

NEW: Dani Garcia, Dani Garcia (Malaga)

ABaC, Jordi Cruz (Barcelona)

Aponiente, Angel Leon (El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz)

Akelarre, Pedro Subijana (Guipúzcoa)

Arzak, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak (Guipúzcoa)

Azurmendi, Eneko Atxa (Larrabetzu, Vizcaya)

Diverxo, David Muñoz (Madrid)

El Celler de Can Roca, Joan Roca (Girona)

Lasarte, Martin Berasategui (Barcelona)

Martín Berasategui, Martín Berasategui (Guipúzcoa)

Quique Dacosta, Quique Dacosta (Dénia, Alicante)


But, apart from 1 NEW Michelin 3 Starred Restaurant, for the Michelin Guide for Spain and Portugal 2019 there are:


4 NEW Michelin 2* Restaurants Spain and Portugal 2019:

  • Cocina Hermanos Torres  (Barcelona)
  • Ricard Camarena Restaurant  (Valencia)
  • El Molino de Urdániz  (Urdaitz, Navarra).
  • Alma (Lisboa)


and 25 NEW 1* Michelin 1* Restaurants Spain and Portugal 2019:

  • La Barra de Carles Abellán (Barcelona)
  • Oria (Barcelona)
  • Eneko Bilbao (Bilbao)
  • Etxanobe Ateliar (Bilbao)
  • Beat (Calpe, Alicante)
  • Orobianco (Calpe, Alicante)
  • Trivio (Cuenca)
  • eMe Be Garrote (San Sebastián)
  • Bagá (Jaén)
  • LÚ Cocina y Alma (Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz)
  • Pablo (León)
  • Ikaro (Logroño)
  • Clos Madrid (Madrid)
  • Corral de la Moreira Gastronómico (Madrid)
  • El Invernadero (Madrid)
  • La Tasquería (Madrid)
  • Yugo (Madrid)
  • El Xato (La Nucía, Alicante)
  • Terra (S’Agaró, Alicante)
  • A Tafona (Santiago de Compostela)
  • El Molino de Alcuneza (Sigüenza, Guadalajara)
  • Cancook (Zaragoza)
  • G Pousada de Bragança (Tras os Montes)
  • A Cozinha de Guimaraes (Minho)
  • Midori de Sinra (Estremadura)


Congratulations to all our wonderful Michelin Star Chefs in Spain and Portugal !


The World’s 50 Best (well, the Top 100) Restaurants 2018 have now been released and Spain and Portugal occupy 14 places in the Top 100 World’s Best Restaurants – 7 in the 1-50 List and 7 in the 51-100 List!

El Celler de Can Roca hits the Top 3 again and is awarded the World’s Nº 2 Restaurant 2018

Can Roca

Here are all 14 Restaurants from Spain and Portugal in the World’s Best Restaurants List 2018:

No. 2  El Celler De Can Roca – Girona, Spain climbs from last year’s Number 3

No. 9 Mugaritz – San Sebastian, Spain stays put at No.9 from 2017

No. 10 Asador Etxebarri – Axpe, Spain falls from No. 6 in 2017

No. 18 Disfrutar – Barcelona, Spain rises 37 places and achieves winner of the Highest New Entry Award 2018

No. 31 Arzak – San Sebastian, Spain falls 1 place from 2017

No. 32 Tickets – Barcelona, Spain falls 7 places from No25 in 2017

No.43 Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain falls 5 places from 2017 but achieves winner of the Sustainable Restaurant Award 2018, which it also won in 2014!

No.57 Nerua – Bilbao, Spain  falls 1 place from 2017

No.68 Quique Dacosta – Denia, Spain falls 6 places from 2017

No.75 Belcanto – Lisbon, Portugal climbs 10 places from 2017

No.76 Martin Berasategui – Lasarte-Oria, Spain climbs 1 place from 2017

No.77 Elkano – Getaria, Spain NEW for 2018

No.95 Enigma – Barcelona, Spain NEW for 2018

No.96 DiverXO – Madrid, Spain reenters from the 2016 list- last placed at No79

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World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 COMPLETE LISTS:

FULL LIST 1 – 50 here ->…/results-worlds-50-best-res…/

FULL LIST 51 – 100 here ->…/worlds-50-best-restaurants…/

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We, Gourmand Breaks,  have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!

 RESULTS ARE IN for the acclaimed Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018


LIVE from Bilbao, Spain and the Foodie Mecca that is the Basque Country, the sixteenth edition of the prestigious awards ceremony for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has finally been presented.

And Oh! What a Delicious Night!!!!

Congratulations Osteria Francescana and chef Massimo Bottura  for regaining the NUMBER ONE spot in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 List!!!


El Celler de Can Roca, Girona – Spain climbs from last year’s 3rd place to the World’s NUMBER 2 RESTAURANT in 2018 and at Nº 3 Mirazur, Menton – France climbs one place from Nº 4 in last year’s list.

Here’s the COMPLETE FULL 1-50 The World’s Best Restaurants 2018 list

  • 1.Osteria Francescana (Modena, Italy)
  • 2.El Celler De Can Roca (Girona, Spain)
  • 3.Mirazur (Menton, France)
    4. Eleven Madison Park (New York City)
    5. Gaggan (Bangkok, Thailand)
    6. Central (Lima, Peru)
    7. Maido (Lima, Peru)
    8. Arpège (Paris, France)
    9. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)
    10. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)
    11. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
    12. Blue Hill at Stone Barns (Pocantico Hills, NY)
    13. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)
    14. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)
    15. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)
    16. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)
    17. Den (Tokyo, Japan)
    18. Disfrutar (Barcelona, Spain)
    19. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    20. Attica (Melbourne, Australia)
    21. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenée (Paris, France)
    22. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)
    23. Le Calandre (Rubano, Italy)
    24. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet (Shanghai, China)
    25. Cosme (New York, New York)
    26. Le Bernardin (New York, New York)
    27. Boragó (Santiago, Chile)
    28. Odette (Singapore)
    29. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen (Paris, France)
    30. D.O.M. (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
    31. Arzak (San Sebastian, Spain)
    32. Tickets (Barcelona, Spain)
    33. The Clove Club (London, England)
    34. Alinea (Chicago, Illinois)
    35. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)
    36. Reale (Castel Di Sangro, Italy)
    37. Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)
    38. Lyle’s (London, England)
    39. Astrid y Gaston (Lima, Peru)
    40. Septime (Paris, France)
    41. Nihanryori RyuGin (Tokyo, Japan)
    42. The Ledbury (London, England)
    43. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)
    44. Mikla (Istanbul, Turkey)
    45. Dinner By Heston Blumenthal (London, England)
    46. Saison (San Francisco, California)
    47. Schloss Schauenstein (Fürstenau, Switzerland)
    48. Hisa Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)
    49. Nahm (Bangkok, Thailand)
    50. The Test Kitchen (Cape Town, South Africa)


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Click here  -> World’s 50 Best Restaurants 51-100 FULL COMPLETE LIST 2018  including Nerua at No.57, Quique Dacosta at No.68, Martín Berasategui at No.76 and Belcanto at No.75 all staying in the 51-100 list from the previous year.

DiverXO re-enters in 96th place after disappearing from 2017’s list and Elkano and Enigma are 2 NEW ENTRIES for Spain in 77th and 95th place respectively.


Congratulations to all the great Superchefs for their fantastic World rated restaurants :-) and for another year of the prestigious Restaurant Magazine list!


The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards and List, which is now in its 16th year, is organised and compiled by Restaurant magazine and sponsored by S Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. It is an annual recollection of the opinions and experiences of over 900 international restaurant industry experts and is attended by the world’s finest chefs, international media and the world’s most influential restaurateurs.

After 13 years of being presented in London, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Ceremony went on tour! First to New York, then to Melbourne and this year to Bilbao, Spain. Where in the World will the World’s 50 Best Restaurants be presented from in 2019????? We’ll let you know when we find out :-)

UPDATE: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be continuing its world tour in 2019 by heading to Singapore for the presentation of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019


We, Gourmand Breaks,  have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal. Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your custom-designed quote!

The province of Girona (North of Barcelona) in Spain is one of the world’s major food and wine destinations and a region at the forefront of culinary innovation – El Bulli (near the town of Roses, now closed but many local chefs trained here) was 5 times awarded the World’s Number One Restaurant and El Celler de Can Roca (in Girona city) has been awarded the World’s Number One Restaurant twice (in 2013 and 2015) and is the current Worlds Nº3 Restaurant.

The Emporda region of Spain is located within the province of Girona on the Costa Brava. Medieval villages, pine-clad hillsides sloping down to crystal clear bays and picturesque fishing villages make up this enchanting region; it’s a wonderful place to explore, enjoy the natural countryside and indulge in delicious local cuisine.

The gastronomy of the Emporda region is rich and varied with a cuisine classed as ‘sea and mountain’, as local produce comes from both the land and the sea.  You will surely enjoy indulging in the delicious star products such as:  Freshly caught Mediterranean fish, Prawns from Palamós, Anchovies from L’Escala, Rice from Pals , DOP Emporda Olive Oil and DO Emporda Wines to name a few. Dining here is not just about eating and drinking, it is a way of life!

Not surprising, therefore, that Michelin have dished out some stars here in the Emporda area of Girona with the likes of Michelin 2* Restaurant Miramar (Llançà) and Michelin 1* Restaurants: Castell Peralada (Peralada), Els Brancs (Platja de Canyelles Petites, Roses), Emporium (Castelló d’Empuries), Bo.Tic (Corça) and Casamar (Llafranc).

With such great standing and local produce the Emporda region is filled with great places to eat, making it difficult to single out the best!  Without a doubt the Michelin restaurants are all well worth a mention but here are just a few of our favorites,  that we should probably keep to ourselves, but we love to share :-)

Compartir, Cadaques

A great restaurant, opened in 2012, by 3 ex-Bulli chefs.  Modern well-presented small dishes to share (hence the name, as Compartir in Catalan means Share in English) are offered in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. The style is contemporary cuisine, based on the culinary tradition of the area. Booking is indispensable as it is the trendiest place in the area.

In 2014 Chefs Oriol, Eduard and Mateu opened another restaurant, but this time in Barcelona, Disfrutar (“Enjoy” in English) and it has already been awarded with its second Michelin Star (for the 2018 Michelin Guide to Spain & Portugal). Will Compartir soon be able to share a Michelin star status with Disfrutar? We think it is just a matter of time :-)

Mas Pou, Palau-Sator

A wonderful local restaurant housed in a 16th-century stone farmhouse in a sleepy medieval village. This authentic and rustic restaurant is family run and serves truly Catalan food, all delicious, traditional and great value. If you’re stuck for a decision on a starter then try their “pica-pica” which is an array of small dishes and a great opportunity to taste various Catalan dishes and produce.  You will certainly not leave here hungry :-)

Mas Pou

Entre Dos Mons, Palamos

This fantastic little and elegant place is ideally located in the middle of the restaurant area of Palamos and only opened in spring 2016. Translating to English as “Between two worlds” the name refers to the young and talented owners and the cultures they were raised in – Peruvian and Catalan. The result is a cuisine that draws inspiration from their childhood memories as well as from influences acquired over the years. Beautifully presented dishes and sophisticated desserts alongside excellent service are guaranteed at this fabulous fusion restaurant.

Entre Dos Mons


Can Dolç, Sant Feliu de Boada

Located in a quiet and peaceful rural village, next to the stone-house-surrounded church, this old-fashioned restaurant literally translates as “The Sweet House”. This must surely refer to the delicious homemade desserts as their house specialty is Grilled Meats or “Carns a la Brasa”.  Nothing fancy, just authentic local dishes, quality meat, great variety of appetizers, homemade desserts and an extensive wine list, all accompanied by a charming rural atmosphere, will find you enjoying excellent Catalan cuisine.

Can Dolç


Villa Teresita Restaurant at Hostal Empuries , Empuries

This delightful restaurant is the gastronomic offering of a delightful and romantic little hotel just on the Empuries beach (near L’Escala), with a lovely terrace providing picturesque sea views. Chef focuses on eco-Mediterranean cuisine using local and home-grown produce to combine Mediterranean sea-fare and innovative recipes. Not surprisingly, due to its prime position in the bay of Roses next to the fishing port of L’Escala, the fish dishes are exceptional.

Hostal Empuries


We have many great dining opportunities for you all over Spain, Portugal and SW France.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance to sample all kinds of restaurants from fine-dining and Michelin stars to authentic haunts and tapas haunts – contact us for your personal quote!

RESULTS ARE IN for the acclaimed Restaurant Magazine’s  World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2017 and there’s a NEW nº 1 Restaurant!!!!!

LIVE from the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, Australia, the fifteenth edition of the prestigious awards ceremony for The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2017 list has now been presented. 

Congratulations to Eleven Madison Park and chef Daniel Humm for The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2017 Number One spot!!


Daniel Humm

Osteria Francescana, after one year at Nº 1,  falls to 2nd place for 2017 and El Celler de Can Roca falls to 3rd place!

Here’s the COMPLETE FULL 1-50 The World’s Best Restaurants 2017 list:

  1. Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA
  2. Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy
  3. El Celler De Can Roca – Girona, Spain (Falls from Nº2)
  4. Mirazur – Menton, France
  5. Central – Lima, Peru
  6. Asador Etxebarri – Axpe, Spain (Climbs from Nº10)
  7. Gaggan – Bangkok, Thailand
  8. Maido – Lima, Peru
  9. Mugaritz – San Sebastian, Spain (Falls from Nº7)
  10. Steirereck – Vienna, Austria
  11. Blue Hill at Stone Barns – New York, USA
  12. Arpège – Paris, France
  13. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée – Paris, France
  14. Restaurant Andre – Singapore, Singapore
  15. Piazza Duomo – Alba, Italy
  16. D.O.M. – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  17. Le Bernardin – New York, USA
  18. Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan
  19. Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
  20. Pujol – Mexico City, Mexico
  21. Alinea – Chicago, USA
  22. Quintonil – Mexico City, Mexico
  23. White Rabbit – Moscow, Russia
  24. Amber – HongKong, China
  25. Tickets – Barcelona, Spain(Climbs from Nº 29)
  26. The Clove Club – London, England
  27. The Ledbury – London, England
  28. Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand
  29. Le Calandre – Rubano, Italy
  30. Arzak – San Sebastian,  Spain (Falls from Nº21)
  31. Alléno Paris au Pavillon Ledoyen – Paris, France
  32. Attica – Melbourne, Australia
  33. Astrid y Gaston – Lima, Peru
  34. De Librije – Zwolle, Netherlands
  35. Septime – Paris, France
  36. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London, England
  37. Saison – San Francisco, USA
  38. Azurmendi – Larrabetzu, Spain (Falls from Nº16)
  39. Relae – Copenhagen, Denmark
  40. Cosme – NY, USA
  41. Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet – Shanghai, China
  42. Boragó – Santiago, Chile
  43. Reale – Castel Di Sangro, Italy
  44. Brae Restaurant – Birregurra, Australia
  45. Den – Tokyo, Japan
  46. L’Astrance – Paris, France
  47. Vendôme – Cologne, Germany
  48. Tim Raue – Berlin, Germany
  49. Tegui – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  50. Hof Van Cleve – Kruishoutem, Belgium


Continental awards 2017:

  • Best Restaurant in Australasia – Attica, Melbourne Australia
  • Best Restaurant in Asia – Gaggan
  • Best Restaurant in South America – Central
  • Best Restaurant in Europe – Osteria Francescana
  • Best Restaurant in North America – Eleven Madison Park


Individual Awards 2017:

  • The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 – Heston Blumenthal
  • The World’s Best Female Chef 2017 – Ana Roš –  Hiša Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia
  • Miele One To Watch Award 2017 – Disfrutar, Barcelona, Spain
  • The World’s Best Pastry Chef 2017 – Dominique Ansel
  • Sustainable Restaurant Award 2017  – Septime, Paris
  • Chefs’ Choice Award 2017 – Virgilio Martinez
  • The Ferrari Trento Art of Hospitality Award 2017 – El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  • Highest Climber 2017 – Dan Barber Blue Hill at Stone Barns at No.11


And remember, there’s more, here is the NEW World’s 50 Best Restaurants 51-100 FULL COMPLETE LIST 2017

Congratulations to all the great Superchefs for their fantastic World rated restaurants and another year in the prestigious Restaurant Magazine list!

worlds best 50


Next year, 2018, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards Ceremony will be coming back to Europe and heading to Spain to the Foodie Mecca that is the Basque Country !!! Bilbao will host the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards next spring!


We have many fine dining opportunities for you all over Spain and / or Portugal.  Any of our sample private Gourmand Breaks Private Food, Wine and Cultural Tours gives you the chance of fine dining – contact us for your personalized quote!.

The NEW acclaimed World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 List has been announced and there’s a NEW Numero Uno for 2017.

Here’s a re-cap of the World’s Number One Restaurant over the years:

  • 2002: El Bulli – Ferran Adrià – Spain (currently closed)
  • 2003 + 2004: The French Laundry – Thomas Keller – USA (currently, 2017, at Nº 68)
  • 2005: The Fat Duck – Heston Blumenthal – UK (currently, 2017, not in the Top 100 )
  • 2006, 2007, 2008 + 2009: El Bulli – Ferran Adrià – Spain (currently closed)
  • 2010, 2011 + 2012: Noma – René Redzepi – Denmark (currently closed)
  • 2013: El Celler de Can Roca – Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca – Spain (currently, 2017, at Nº 3)
  • 2014: Noma – René Redzepi – Denmark (currently closed)
  • 2015: El Celler de Can Roca – Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca – Spain (currently, 2017, at Nº 3)
  • 2016: Osteria Francescana –  Massimo Bottura – Italy (currently, 2017, at Nº 2)
  • 2017: Eleven Madison Park – Daniel Humm – USA (currently, 2017, at Nº 1)


FULL LIST of the top 50 restaurants with the Continental and Individual Awards 2017:  World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 from 1 – 50 

All restaurants  51 – 100 FULL LIST: World’s Best Restaurants 2017 from 51 – 100


El Celler de Can Roca sign

There was a great celebration tonight at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, following the announcement of the results for the New Spain Michelin Guide 2014.  With the new, hot off the grill, results, Spain is certainly sparkling tonight!!!!!

This year we are delighted to report a mighty TWENTY THREE  new Michelin Stars!

  * * *  ONE NEW Michelin 3 Star Restaurant in Spain 2014 * * *

DiverXO. David Muñoz (Madrid)


David Muñoz, the 8th Wonder, joins 2013’s magnificent seven, as we are delighted to announce that all seven Michelin 3 Star Restaurants in Spain retained their stars to head the list of the “crème de la crème” for yet another year! DiverXO and David Muñoz join:

Akelarre. Pedro Subijana (Guipúzcoa)

Arzak. Juan Mari Arzak (Guipúzcoa)

Azurmendi. Eneko Atxa (Vizcaya)

El Celler de Can Roca. Joan Roca (Girona)

Martín Berasategui (Guipúzcoa)

Quique Dacosta (Alicante)

Sant Pau. Carme Ruscalleda (Barcelona)


 * *  TWO NEW Michelin 2 Star Restaurants in Spain  2014* *

El Portal del Echaurren. Francis Paniego (Ezcaray – La Rioja)

M.B. Martín Berasategui (Guía de Isora – Santa Cruz de Tenerife).


*  NEW Michelin 1 Star Restaurants in Spain 2014 *

41º . Albert Adrià (Barcelona)

Alejandro. Alejandro Sánchez (Roquetas de Mar – Almería)

Arbidel (Ribadesella – Asturias)

Árbore da Veira (A Coruña)

BonAmb (Xàbia – Alicante).

Cal Paradís. Miquel Barrera (Castellón)

El Poblet. Quique Dacosta, Germán Carrizo + Carito Lourenço (Valencia)

Gaig de Carles Gaig (Barcelona)

Hospedería El Batán (Tramacastilla – Teruel)

L’Angle. Jordi Cruz (Barcelona)

L’Ó (Sant Frutiós de Bages – Barcelona)

La Botica. Miguel Ángel de la Cruz (Matapozuelos – Valladolid)

La Casa del Carmen (Olías del Rey – Toledo)

La Salgar (Gijón – Asturias)

Les Moles. Jeroni Castell (Ulldecona – Tarragona)

Malena (Gimenells – Lleida)

Monastrell. María José San Román (Alicante)

Tickets. Albert Adrià (Barcelona)

Tierra (Torrico / Valdepalacios – Toledo)

Zaranda. Fernando Pérez Arellano (Mallorca)

Déjà Vu? Not entirely new 1 Star Michelin Restaurants: Gaig, L’Angle and Zaranda were already present on last years list, although due to a change of location their 1 Michelin Star was taken away, but, for the Michelin Guide – Spain 2014, has been returned.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news:

A surprise, which seems to be repeating every year, was that, Mugaritz, a great 2 starred Basque restaurant did not receive a well deserved 3rd Michelin star.

Barcelona city, yet again,  fails to receive that 3rd star, to be able to boast about a TriStar restaurant.  However, the city does maintain its fabulous four Michelin 2 star restaurants: ABaC (Jordi Cruz), Enoteca (Paco Pérez), Lasarte (Martín Berasategui) and Moments (Raül Balam), and numerous Michelin 1 star restaurants.

Congratulations to our wonderful Spanish Michelin Star Chefs!


Results like these show that Spain really is the perfect place to enjoy a gastronomic holiday!  If you would like to experience some of Spain´s top restaurants for yourself, our Ultimate Gourmet Tour includes luxury dining throughout at Michelin starred restaurants in both traditionally rustic and fashionably modern venues.






The traditional “pintxos crawl,” moving from bar to bar: tasting, drinking and socializing is nowhere more prevalent as a way of life than in San Sebastian, where pintxos are ingrained in the city’s culinary history. These ´pintxos´consist of small bite size tapas, usually ‘spiked’ with a skewer or toothpick, often onto a piece of bread. As a result of the evolution of these wonderful creations by some of Spain´s top chefs, San Sebastian is currently the world’s most exciting culinary destination, and whats more, it holds more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else.

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Unlike many of the seaside resorts in the Costa Brava, Calella De Palafrugell has managed to preserve its old fisherman village charm offering a wonderfully laid back alternative for those wanting to escape the over-crowded beaches of Barcelona. It´s one of the last remaining spots on the Costa Brava which has retained a true Spanish feel and where it is possible to go a whole week without hearing an English accent (gasp). Read more