9 Jul 2020

Mundaka is a Basque Country town and municipality located in the province of Biscay.

On the coast, Mundaka, is a working port and is internationally renowned for its surfing scene.

The port is in the centre point of the town, from there, the old part of the town grew.

All the houses are medieval with fishermen's houses, always looking out to sea.

 The port has many small boats.

Mundaka is well renowned world wide for its quality of surf. Huge swells roll in from the Bay of Biscay and slam into the rocky coastline of the Basque Countryside. The estuary at Mundaka has created a perfect sandbar which forms hollow...

6 Jun 2020


A visit in 2016

Heading east along the coast road from Mundaka, you will find this lovely restaurant,

which is situated on a beautiful little surfers beach.

It is a fair sized stone restaurant/bar, with one wall of glass looking out onto the beach with a fantastic view, it is a great spot for a nice relaxing lunch, trying a few delicious pintxos at the bar, or having a more leisurely meal in the evening.  

There is a very good menu del dia for €20, which consists of 2 starters, 2 mains, dessert, bread and wine.

Estofado de chorizo y frijoles (chorizo & bean stew)

Pimientos rellenos de mar...

27 Dec 2019

In Decemebr 2019 we returned to the fishing port of Getaria and the excellent Restaurante Kaia-Kaipe.

Getaria is the typical picture postcard Basque Country fishing village.

The village was home to Plácido Domingo’s mother and the famous fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga

You can now visit the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa (€7 entry fee)

Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa

It was also home to the explorer, navigator, and mariner Juan Sebastián Elkano, who became the first man to circumnavigate the globe (Also spelt Juan Sebastián del Cano, de Elcano and Elcano (1476 - 1526)

Once you have parked your car in the carpark in the bay...

13 Aug 2019

Casa Julian

This place is a un-remarkable, easy to miss little restaurant, in little known Tolosa, 28 km inland from San Sebastián. 

Once you find it and walk in you will think you are in the wrong place, You will see an area containing several fridges and a load of crates and are likely to turn around and walk out again until you are greeted warmly and seated in the old fashioned dining room that doesn't look like it's changed much in a century.

The steaks are cooked to order here, in front of every diner.

Topped with a extremely large dose of coarse salt, which is then scraped off before serving (the steaks are n...

27 Jun 2019

RESTAURANTE ELKANO           1 Michelin Star 

Getaria is the picture postcard Basque Country fishing village, that produced designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, Plácido Domingo’s mother and Juan Sebastián Elcano (who was the first mariner to circumnavigate the globe).

Getaria fishing port.

 You can wander down the old streets to the harbour.

 Walking past various shops selling their wares.

There are a couple of nice beaches in and around the town.

Set on a crossroads above the harbour, Restaurante Elkano is currently rated as number 30 in the Best fifty restaurants in the world 2019 list.

See h...

26 Jun 2019

ASADOR ETXEBARRI           1 Michelin Star

Not the easiest place to find, this beautiful, rustic, restored stone house, is a couple of km out of town. It has a bar at the entrance on the ground floor and a couple of stunning dining rooms on the first floor.

All the high quality produce is cooked on various charcoal grills by the renowned chef Victor Arguinzoniz who well deserves his one Michelin star. There is no molecular stuff here, just fresh quality food with their unique flavours enhanced from the smoke and grill.  

Currently rated as number 3 in the Best fifty res...

14 Apr 2019


Tucked away in a corner of the bustling plaza nueva in the old town, this little bar was the winner of best pintxos in town for many years for a reason. They are the modern gastronomic type of pintxos.

The top two pictures are from a previous visit.

We Tried the following

Patatas rellenas con mejillas de cerdo y sal de vainilla (potatoes stuffed with pig’s cheeks and vanilla salt).

Foie con manzana y pedro ximenez (foie gras with apple and pedro ximenez sauce).

Txistorra a la plancha (grilled spicy sausage)

Patatas bravas (fried potatoes with ali-oli and spicy tomato sauce)

Sopa de setas y maíz con huevo de co...

21 Nov 2018


On a recent trip to Bilbao we had a little pintxo bar crawl around plaza Nueva. Our favourite places and bites were.

Plaza Nueva 12, 48005 Bilbao
+34 944 158 037

Winner of best pintxos in town over many years for a reason. 

Try potatoes stuffed with pig’s cheeks and vanilla salt

Foie con manzana y Pedro Ximenez

Corn soup with a submerged quail egg
Quail egg on crisps with Jamón and chorizo

Patatas bravas with aioli and bravas sauce.

 For dessert we had manzana (apple pie)

It was a very friendly service, with great wine also.


Plaza Nueva...

26 Jul 2018


What Eastbourne hotels could learn from Hotel Niza would fill a telephone directory. It’s got the seafront location you want and the period facade that every kiss-me-quick hotel needs.

The bedrooms are fresh, airy and stylish, in an untrendy way

The front rooms overlook the promenade and the stunning playa de la Concha

 The view to the right takes in the parte vieja (old town) and harbour

It is a lovely spot to sit out and watch the world go by whilst having a glass of Basque vino.

A word of warning, the ocean view rooms do not have air con because you are told the breeze from the ocean should be enough. T...

20 Mar 2018

BAR IBAI (ibai)

A fantastic old School Restaurant, run by an old Basque couple serving the very best produce from whatever is available at the market that day,  in a basic set menu form.

You enter by the ground floor bar, which always seems empty

and are then taken downstairs to the small traditional room

You will be offered a menu from what is fresh from the market that day, we had......

Bogavante salpicon (lobster)

Verdura (artichokes, borrajas, and baby peas, in a vegetable broth)

Hongos (mushrooms)

Kokotxas de merluza (hake throats)

Lenguado (sole) - Probably the best you will ever taste


If you visit the restau...

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