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Itinerary review Basque country and tips Bilbao

Luna2308 | May 14, 2011 10:54 AM

Hello all,

First of all thank you all for your amazing post and insider tips on this board.
Before going to Barcelona in October last year I had been on here so many times and all your info made our stay all the more better!

Now I finally could convince my dad that a trip to the Basque country is in order and we are planning a 6-day trip in October.
I know the itinerary is quite ambitious and we are likely to end up in a food coma, but I'm not sure I'll be able to make it back there anytime soon, so here goes:

Day 1
Arrive in Bilbao around 2 pm, hotel then Guggenheim.
Dinner: Zortziko

Day 2
Drive to Axpe
Lunch at Etxebarri (already reserved), after we'll stay close or maybe on the coast.
Light dinner or pintxos near/at hotel

Day 3
Drive to San Sebastian
Light lunch on the way
Dinner at Martin Beratasegui (confirmation pending)

Day 4
Lunch at Mugaritz (confirmed)
My dad wanted to do dinner here originally, but this would leave us no evening in San Sebastian to do pintxos (a must!).
Dinner: Old Town, Pintxos

Day 5
Light lunch, maybe something a bit traditional (seafood?!) any suggestions in/near San Seb?
Dinner at Arzak (confirmed)

Day 6
Drive to Hondarribia, lunch and dinner open as we will meet up with a friend (a chef who has owned a 1-star restaurant in Germany but now lives just across the border in the French Basque region).

Day 7
Drive from Hondarribia back to Bilbao to catch our plane back around 6 pm.
We are still debating if we should have a last lunch at Azurmendi, as it is very close to the airport so it might be feasible.


1) Has anybody been to Zortziko or Azurmendi in (or near) Bilbao? There is not really any info on either on here on the board.

2) Do you have any prices on the tasting menus in any of the restaurants on our itinerary?
I did find older info but obviously these prices might have changed in recent months.

3) Do you think it will be too much and we won't be able to appreciate these restaurants anymore?

We would have liked to visit Akelarre as well, but unfortunately they are closed the first 2 weeks of October, just when we will be visiting.

Any comments or input will be greatly appreciated....thanks, Luna

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