Full of secrets, mysteries, unique stories and lots of charm, this is the Ria of Bilbao, one of the fountains of life that has seen pass by centuries of history and gives identity, form and talent to the capital of the Basque country.
A stroll through its domains, contemplating the scenery and tasting some of the seafood delicacies is the perfect plan for lovers of good food. Have you decided to spend a few relaxing days at one of the hotels in Bilbao of Petit Palace? Continue reading and we will reveal those delicacies that the Ria offers to the visitor.
The gastronomic quality of the Basque country is well known both inside and outside our country and it is true that in Bilbao this reaches an excellent level. Although in any of the bars and restaurants you can eat delicious meat dishes, the truth is that 5 star luxury applies principally to the delicacies coming from of the sea.
Known as the Cod Capital, Bilbao is the place for stews and simple dishes with natural sauces. The most well known have fish as the base. From the delicious cod pil-pil (a simple dish using cod, garlic, olive oil and chili) to cod Basque style. The secret of this last recipe is the exquisite Basque sauce, made with a base of red peppers and onion.
If you are thinking about visiting some of the most outstanding restaurants in the area of the Ria, don’t think twice about choosing Purrusalda as your main dish. The recipe includes cod, local potatoes and leeks.
Together with cod, the Bilbao gastronomy elaborates many dishes with a base of fresh hake. In Bilbao, hake is enjoyed “a la kokxera” (with broth, garlic and white asparagus) or with green sauce.
Also there are two recipes that you really must try because they are unique in the world: kokotxas (this is hake’s cheek… the most delicate part) cooked in many ways (in “green sauce” is the best option) and crab txangurro, two typical delicious dishes containing all the tastes of the beautiful city of Bilbao and which relate, gastronomically speaking, to the history of the Ria and its inhabitants.