The freshly caught fish cooked on open-air charcoal grills.

Getaria, Spain

Perhaps Getaria isn’t exactly a desert coastal town, but it surely lacks the crowds of the nearby San Sebastian. The Basque culture, however, is in full bloom, as well as the well-known local dishes.

Getaria is a pretty fishing village nestled between two beautiful beaches. The town is famous for its rich catch of octopus and turbot, which are abundant in the Bay of Biscay. There are several fantastic seafood restaurants in Getaria, with many of them located along the seafront with gorgeous views. The freshly caught fish cooked on open-air charcoal grills.

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Here, they are mainly grilled and the best days to taste local cuisine at its height are Saturdays and Sundays. This is the time when the locals prepare the grills early in the day, expecting people from the yachts who come especially for that – a big lunch, combined with a bottle of white wine from neighboring Rioja.

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