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Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2012

Michelin has published the new edition of the Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal. As in years past, it presents a broad selection of hotels and restaurants in both countries.

This is a very special year in Spain and Portugal. Faced with a severe economic crisis, many hotels and restaurants are working hard every day to stay in business. This does not mean, however, that they have abandoned their commitment to excellence. On the contrary, quality has improved and the true values of Iberian cuisine are reflected more fully than ever on restaurant menus. Nonetheless, the business environment remains difficult. In particular, the gourmet dining scene was seriously shaken by Chef Ferran Adrià’s voluntary decision to close El Bulli, considered by many to be the best restaurant in the world and the epitome of creative cuisine. In response, the MICHELIN guide Spain & Portugal team has focused firmly on the future and reaffirmed its confidence in Spanish and Portuguese chefs. Every day, highly skilled, innovative professional chefs throughout the peninsula are leveraging their passion for cooking and craftsmanship.

The MICHELIN guide Spain & Portugal 2012 features a selection of 4,448 establishments, including 2,246 hotels, 295 country guesthouses, 1,783 restaurants and – in Spain – 124 tapas bars. It also presents a selection of 229 Bib Gourmand restaurants that offer high quality meals at a reasonable price (€35 or less) and 51 hotels displaying the Bib Hotel label, which denotes affordable, quality accommodations, with double rooms available for €65 or less in major cities and tourist destinations and for €55 euros or less in other locations. The 2012 edition also includes 311 especially pleasant establishments, which are highlighted in red.

As always, the Michelin Guide offers a selection of the very best restaurants in each country, identified with the famous Michelin stars. One star denotes “a very good restaurant in its category,” two stars mean “excellent cooking, worth a detour” and three stars indicate “exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.” This year, five Spanish restaurants were awarded three stars: Akelare and Arzak in San Sebastián, Martín Berasategui in Lasarte-Oria (Guipúzcoa), Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona) and El Celler de Can Roca in Gerona. In addition, 19 restaurants were awarded two stars and 127 others one star. The guide, which lists 1,397 localities, also includes 174 plans of 131 towns and cities, as well as 34 regional maps, taken from Michelin’s extensive cartography databases.

The Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2012 is on sale at a price of €23.90.

Note: Torijos, the restaurant in Valencia, closed after the closing date for the 2012 edition of the MICHELIN guide Spain & Portugal.


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