bilbao

I feel at my most Hemingwayesque by morning, when I wake in the Hotel Maria Cristina, the warm sun spilling through the blinds
A bus takes me from the centre of the Rioja region, north, on a 70-minute journey to San Sebasti√°n. We pass through small farming villages where donkeys graze on the sloped hills, and cross bridges that stretch across great empty ravines. Water flows north over rocks below, before reaching the River Uruma in San Sebasti√°n.
Pintxos aside, we were delighted to discover that Bilbao is a foodie's paradise, with five Michelin-starred restaurants and dozens more in the surrounding Basque Country. In fact the area can boast more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere else in Europe.
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