Make your own railway stew
Over a low heat of coal
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Be initiated into the secrets of one of the best cuisines in the world. In a pleasant and fun atmosphere, discover the passion and love that good food requires. You'll get great tips from prominent local chefs who will teach you how to cook our most acclaimed dishes, so then you'll be able to make them by yourself and surprise your friends with such a tasty gift.
The origin of the "putxera," or railway stew, dates back to the 19th century as a means for railway workers on the northern lines to heat their meals with the steam from the trains. A tradition that has lasted for generations and in which the neighbours of Balmaseda take high pride. One of them will gladly show you how to cook your own railway stew.
Enjoy the beans, ribs, bacon, chorizo, black pudding and other secret ingredients that he is sure to know and will use to give a special touch to this recipe. While your stew simmers over a low heat of coal, this neighbour will show you around this medieval town so that you'll be able to immerse yourself in one of the most authentic Basque traditions – going out for drinks with a few friends, otherwise known as txikiteo.
Visit the Balmaseda Municipal History Museum or San Severino church. Soak up in the local culture and have a chat with other locals from town while enjoying small glasses of wine, also known as txikitos.
When lunchtime is drawing to a close, and thanks to your new friend, you'll bask in the privilege of enjoying this tasty dish at a typical txoko in town, a place that not everyone is lucky enough to have access to. To finish off the day, and after sitting around the table after lunch to have a chat, don't forget to visit the interesting La Encartada Beret Museum, a former factory where this distinctive and popular piece of headwear used to be made.
Finally, we recommend that you stay in one of the properties in the area, as the Encartaciones region has far more to offer the visitor, for example, the Pozalagua Caves or Loizaga Tower. This tower, which opens on Sundays and bank holidays, hides a magnificent collection of luxury cars inside, including Rolls-Royces.
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Pintxo & Blanco
Martin Mendia, nº 5
48800 BALMASEDA (Bizkaia)
Phone: (+34) 946 802 976
Mobile: (+34) 637 803 516
Schedule / Notes
When to go:
Weekends, all year
Services / Extra information
Make your own stew, following the tradition of the railway workers.
The ultimate accessory in headwear: La Encartada Beret Museum.
Get in on the traditional culture of going for a few drinks, otherwise known as txikiteo, and feel like one more of the locals in Balmaseda.
Weekends in October when the putxera (railway stew) competition takes place is the ideal time to enjoy this tradition out on the streets.
€28 per person