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Travel, restaurant info for Madrid

August 04, 2013

If you go

THE BEST WAY TO SPAIN'S BASQUE COUNTRY

From LAX, fly into Madrid on American, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, United, Delta, British and US Airways; restricted round-trip airfares for connecting service (change of plane) range from $949 to $1,401, including taxes and fees.

For information on train service to Bilbao, go to http://www.renfe.com.

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 34 (country code for Spain) and the local number.

WHERE TO EAT

Bistró Guggenheim Bilbao, Guggenheim Musem, 2 Avenida Abandoibarra, Bilbao; 944-23-93-33 (bistro), en.bistroguggenheimbilbao.com, A charming introduction to Basque food, with pinxtos (or tapas) for almost every appetite. Pinxtos from about $3. Set dinner menu from about $34

Arzak, 273 Avenida Alcalde Jose Elosgui, San Sebastián; 943-278-465 or 948-285-593, http://www.lat.ms/19vpLyF. A meal here is the experience of a lifetime— in quality, duration and, perhaps, price. From around $200.

Gandarias restaurant, 23 Calle 31 de Agosto, San Sebastian; 943-426-362, http://www.restaurantegandarias.com/en/. A pleasant spot for lunch, popular with locals and tolerant of tourists. Pinxtos from about $3.

Oiartzun, 2 Igentea, San Sebastian; 943-42-62-09, http://www.pasteleriaoiartzun.com. Racks of tarts and cakes and cafe con leche make for an excellent afternoon wake-up call. Pastries from about $2.

A Fuego Negro, 31 Calle 31 de Agosto, San Sebastian; 650-13-53-73, http://www.lat.ms/19vpY5b. With pinxtos, a tasting menu and a love of African-American culture, it's almost a home-away-from-home. Tasting menu from about $32. Pinxtos from about $5.

Hatari Urban Kitchen & Bar, 4 Calles Jardines, Bilbao; 944-16-91-22, http://www.lat.ms/19vqdgu. Order the hamburguesa de Dijon (about $11)—you won't regret it. Most items from around $9, tasting menus from around $33.

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