When in Bilbao, txikitear...

A visual guide to the local recreational activity 

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In February, for the sake of football, I visited Bilbao for the first time  - the capital of Biscay. In just a few days, my brother and I, immersed fully in the local culture by exploiting the social side of eating and drinking in Bilbao. Bilbao is a small city that is easily explored on foot. As a pedestrian friendly city, visitors can lose track of time by ambling along the ancient narrow streets. 

We were both determined to eat as much pintxos (pronounced: pinchos) as we could in the duration of our trip. In our effort to discover the city and indulge our taste buds, we went in search for the best pintxos, adopting the local method of txikiteo (hopping from bar to bar tasting pintxos and drinking local beer and the famous local wine-txakoli). 

Have a look at these local dishes that will undoubtedly inspire the chef inside you to create some simple and delicious combinations at home.

The best pintxos are found in the narrow streets of Casco Viejo

Bilbao's old part of the town is full of narrow streets with boisterous bars and shops.

Bilbao's old part of the town is full of narrow streets with boisterous bars and shops.

Indulge in freshly prepared pintxos from early in the morning until late at night

Locals eating pintxos at Plaza Nueva

Locals eating pintxos at Plaza Nueva

Famous for their omelette pintxos, La Olla bar in is not to be missed

Pintxos at La Olla

Pintxos at La Olla

Pintxos are best enjoyed with a glass of txakoli

Pintxos and Txakoli at La Olla bar

Pintxos and Txakoli at La Olla bar

...or Kalimotxo (local red wine mixed with Coca Cola)

Kalimotxo is a refreshing drink with a peculiar combination of red wine and coke

Kalimotxo is a refreshing drink with a peculiar combination of red wine and coke

The combinations are endless

Did I mention you can get pintxos for as low as โ‚ฌ1?

Throw your napkin on the floor like locals do as a way to appreciate this culinary fiesta*

*Final Tip: A good pintxos bar is noticeable by the amount of napkins on the floor. This means that many people have come and enjoyed the pintxos. 

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