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Food Lover's Guide to San Sebastian

Food Lover's Guide to San Sebastian

San Sebastián may well be Spain’s—if not Europe’s—No. 1 gastronomic hot spot, with everything from Michelin-starred temples of food to casual bars that do a roaring trade in pintxos (Basque Country tapas), found here. Here’s what you need to know about eating in San Sebastián.

Must-Try Dishes

Two influences are most obvious in the San Sebastián food scene: the first is its coastal setting, with seafood playing a starring role on plates, while the second is its Basque heritage.Pintxos(tapas-like bar snacks) are a popular option here and range from traditional potato omelets to slices of white bread topped with cured meats and cheeses. Pintxos are typically paired withtxakoli***, a slightly effervescent white wine, orBasque cider*. 

Other commonly consumed Basque seafood dishes include***bacalao al pil-pil***(salt cod),txangurro(spider crab),txipirones(baby squid in ink sauce), and***marmitako***(a chunky tuna stew). Meatier fare includes***txistorra***(the Basque version of chorizo) and***txuleta***(beef steak from cows reared on the Basque Country hill slopes—typically cooked over coals). 

Must-Do Experiences

  • Bar-hop around the old town during awine and pintxos tour.

  • Explore a local produce market and visit an exclusive invitation-only gastronomic club during afood tour of San Sebastián

  • Take part in wine tastings and winery tours inRioja Alavesa, the Basque Country sub-region of La Rioja. 

  • Discover the secrets of the Basque kitchen duringcooking classeswith local chefs. 

  • Learn about Basque Country dairy during acheese farm and factory tour

  • Delve into the world ofBasque ciderat a museum devoted to the drink, before stopping for lunch in a traditional cider house. 

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San Sebastian Top Pintxos Private Tour

San Sebastian Top Pintxos Private Tour

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Take part in the cherished Basque tradition of pintxos on this private food and walking tour in San Sebastian. Visit some of the seaside city’s best pintxos bars to savor the delicious bite-sized snacks just like locals do, paired with Spanish wine or beer. Between tastings, explore the most important landmarks of San Sebastian's old town, taking advantage of your private guide’s expertise to learn the history of the city that was named a European Capital of Culture in 2016. 
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Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Private Day Trip

Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Private Day Trip

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Spend a day exploring one of Spain’s most acclaimed wine-growing regions on a private tour of Rioja Alavesa from San Sebastian. Visit 4 or 5 wineries to taste Rioja red wines and other fine regional varietals accompained with local tapas. Such as local ham, chorizo and olive oil. Delve into local culture with a stop at the hilltop village of Laguardia, where Basque history and traditions still live among winding medieval streets and tucked-away squares.
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  • 9 hours
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San Sebastian: Cider and the Basque Sea Factory

San Sebastian: Cider and the Basque Sea Factory

Explore the unique gastronomy and maritime heritage of Basque Country on this full-day tour to the Albaola sea factory and museum, plus a gourmet cider experience. Travel up the coast from San Sebastián to Pasaia, where you can watch workers building a replica of a 16th-century whaling ship and learn about the area’s seafaring history. For lunch, head to an authentic cider house in Gipuzkoa province for a 3-course meal featuring typical Basque dishes and unlimited cider brewed right in the tavern’s cellar.
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