The Michelin Guide Spain & Portugal 2011The new edition of the MICHELIN guide Spain & Portugal presents readers with a selection of 4,781 establishments, including 2,500 hotels, 306 country guesthouses, 1,854 restaurants and, in Spain, 121 tapas bars. MICHELIN guide inspectors have awarded 232 restaurants with the Bib Gourmand label, indicating high quality meals at a reasonable price (€35 or less), and 58 hotels with the Bib Hotel label, denoting affordable, quality accommodations where most double rooms are available for €65 or less in major cities and tourist destinations and for €55 or less in other locations.

In the 2011 edition, the color red is used to indicate 302 especially pleasant establishments, as well as 396 that are rated particularly quiet or secluded. It also lists 1,093 hotels with rooms adapted to the needs of the handicapped. As always, the guide offers a selection of the very best restaurants in each country, ranked according to the famous Michelin star-rating system. Three stars indicate exceptional cuisine (“worth a special journey”), two stars mean excellent cooking (“worth a detour”) and one star denotes “a very good restaurant in its category.” This year, seven Spanish restaurants maintained their three-star rating: Akelare y Arzak in San Sebastián, Martín Berasategui in Lasarte-Oria (Guipúzcoa), El Bulli in Roses (Girona), Can Fabes in Sant Celoni (Barcelona), Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar (Barcelona) and El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. Two stars were awarded to 15 restaurants and one star to 128 restaurants.

To be packaged in a special edition box set including a handy chef’s apron, the MICHELIN guide Spain & Portugal 2011 will be sold at a retail price of €25.50.

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