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.
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.