Basque Cuisine in Bilbao from Pintxos to Txakoli

The Basque Country is synonymous with good food and a proud cultural heritage, and this is evident in the region’s largest city, Bilbao. From the medieval Old Quarter with its winding streets and gothic Cathedral, to the Abandoibarra Quarter, the famed former industrial corridor that has been transformed through urban restructuring into a vibrant avant-guard neighborhood boasting some of the world’s premier architecture, Bilbao will be yours to enjoy and explore. See such sights as Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, the Ibderdrola Tower, and the Calatrava Bridge, as well as the immense indoor Ribera market. Bilbao is just a short distance from some other amazing attractions, such as the town of Guernica (Gernika), especially dear to the Basques, the rocky island of Gaztelugatxe, and the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.

Spanish cuisine is world-famous, and the Basque Country offers some of the best. The Basque word for “tapas” is pintxos (“pinchos”), which you will explore both during a pintxos tour and a hands-on pintxos workshop, perhaps accompanied by some fine “Txakoli” (tcha-ko-lee), a Basque white wine.

Basque Cuisine in Bilbao from Pintxos to Txakoli

The Basque Country is synonymous with good food and a proud cultural heritage, and this is evident in the region’s largest city, Bilbao. From the medieval Old Quarter with its winding streets and gothic Cathedral, to the Abandoibarra Quarter, the famed former industrial corridor that has been transformed through urban restructuring into a vibrant avant-guard neighborhood boasting some of the world’s premier architecture, Bilbao will be yours to enjoy and explore. See such sights as Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, the Ibderdrola Tower, and the Calatrava Bridge, as well as the immense indoor Ribera market. Bilbao is just a short distance from some other amazing attractions, such as the town of Guernica (Gernika), especially dear to the Basques, the rocky island of Gaztelugatxe, and the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.

Spanish cuisine is world-famous, and the Basque Country offers some of the best. The Basque word for “tapas” is pintxos (“pinchos”), which you will explore both during a pintxos tour and a hands-on pintxos workshop, perhaps accompanied by some fine “Txakoli” (tcha-ko-lee), a Basque white wine.


Trip Details

You will participate in a pintxos workshop as well as a cooking lesson featuring traditional Basque cuisine. Your one-of-a-kind cooking courses will be led by two highly distinguished chefs. Chef Aingeru is a member of the prestigious Euro Toques association of chefs, and his impressive resume includes many prizes, in particular in the creation of ‘pintxos.’ Chef Txomin is equally celebrated, having studied under such famed chefs as Ferran Adriá, Pedro Subijana, and Koldo Royo and having worked in a number of Spain’s most prized gourmet restaurants. Chefs Aingeru and Txomin will introduce you to the bold yet subtle flavors, colors, and compositions of Basque cuisine.


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