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Some of the regions in Spain where you can enjoy Michelin-starred restaurants

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Even if you only plan to visit Spain for a few days, its gastronomy is sure to tempt you to stay forever. We’re a country with a wide variety of different climates, landscapes and environments that favour the cultivation of quality local produce. This has led to many Spanish restaurants that serve up delicious dishes based on local produce from their regions being awarded three Michelin stars. Take note, and discover where to enjoy haute cuisine in Spain.

  • Team working at Aponiente in El Puerto de Santa María in Cadiz, Andalusia.

    Andalusia

    If you want to savour three-Michelin-star gastronomy in Andalusia, Cadiz is the place to be. In the famous Puerto de Santa María you’ll find Aponiente, a restaurant showcasing the seafood delicacies of southern Spain. Its chef Ángel León shows that the Cadiz coast is home to much more than just fish: plankton, seaweed, caviar, and more - very special local ingredients from the Bay of Cadiz, a unique place full of beaches, lagoons, wetlands and marshes. Come and visit, and enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience. 

  • Detail of different dishes at Cenador de Amós in Villaverde de Pontones, Cantabria

    Cantabria

    The Cantabrian region is also a hotspot for Spanish haute cuisine thanks to the Cenador de Amós, a three-Michelin-star restaurant in the town of Villaverde de Pontones. This area is located close to the Cantabrian coast and has a magnificent landscape of green meadows and sweeping forests. A singular setting which, together with a mild Atlantic climate, allows chef Jesús Sánchez to have access to delicious top quality products that feature strongly in Cantabrian cuisine, such as anchovies from Santoña, cheese from Liébana, and very many more.

  • Jordi Cruz and his team at the ABaC Barcelona restaurant, Catalonia

    Catalonia

    Catalonia has different soils that yield a wide variety of local products. Cured meats, cheeses, wines, Cava, meat, fish, vegetables - top quality ingredients that vary depending on the time of year that become seasonal showpieces thanks to the area’s wonderful Mediterranean climate. Restaurants such as Lasarte and ABaC in Barcelona, and El Celler de Can Roca in Girona take full advantage of these Catalan delicacies to offer three-Michelin-star dishes.

  • Quique Dacosta in the restaurant in Dénia, Alicante, Region of Valencia

    Region of Valencia

    If you’re not yet familiar with Dénia, three-Michelin-star Quique Dacosta is the restaurant that’ll have you heading in that direction! Its famous chef makes the most of Valencian cuisine, which stands out for the cultivation of products such as olive oil, tiger nuts and citrus fruits. Not to mention the rice paddies, which abound in the Albufera Natural Park: an exceptional wetland area that’s ideal for growing the delicious Valencian rice.

  • Detail of the vegetable gardens at the Azurmendi restaurant in Larrabetzu in Vizcaya, Basque Country

    Basque Country

    The Basque Country is the Spanish region with the highest number of three-Michelin-star restaurants: Akelarre, Martín Berasategui and Arzak in San Sebastián and Azurmendi in Bilbao. So it’s clear that Basque cuisine is reason enough to visit northern Spain. Bathed by the waters of the Bay of Biscay, this region offers a wide variety of seafood and local fish, with something to delight every palate. What’s more, the humid climate in its mountains favours quality livestock farming, while inland mild temperatures allow the cultivation of legumes and vegetables, such as the famous Tolosa beans and Gernika peppers. As a result, the most renowned Spanish chefs see the Basque Country as an opportunity to offer varied, delicious local products.  

These are just some of the regions in Spain that provide the very best raw ingredients to Michelin-star Spanish restaurants. Discover all the restaurants awarded Michelin stars by the prestigious Guide, restaurants where enjoying great food is absolutely guaranteed.