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Basque Cuisine: Pintxos, Seafood and Txakoli Wine

By Viator, May 2015

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Although the honor is fiercely contested by Barcelona, today San Sebastian is Spain’s and Europe’s, and quite possibly the world’s, number-one gastronomic hotspot, a culinary tour de force to be reckoned that’s leading the way in presenting superlative food to an every-hungry public.  

As a coastal city, San Sebastian has access to the very freshest of seafood and one of its specialties is txangurro, a delicious seafood stew flavored with brandy and often made with spider crab. The city’s chefs also take their inspiration from the rolling Basque countryside, making clever use of rabbit, pork, and beef in their cooking alongside local goat and sheep cheeses and a rich variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The delight of eating out in San Sebastian is fueled by the sheer number and range of dining options, which cover everything from three-star Michelin temples of food (the hallowed Arzak and Akellare) to local zinc bars packed with post-work locals and doing a roaring trade in tapas and pinxtos. These traditional Basque tapas can themselves be simply a slice of bread with a garlic-laced prawn popped on top or something a little more sophisticated in exotic combinations such as filo pastry stuffed with salt cod or miniature cone-shaped wafers stuffed with soft cheese and anchovy. 

To sample the city’s cuisine at its best, take an evening tour through the bars of the Old Town to taste as many types of tapas as possible and sample some good local Riojas as well as the slightly sparkling, young white txakoli wines or ciders typical of the Basque region. 

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San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and Wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Visit three of San Sebastián’s award-winning 'pintxos' bars on an evening food tour, led by a food-loving local guide. A Basque Country speciality, ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.09

San Sebastián Cooking Class: Pintxos and Basque Cuisine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Become a master of Basque cuisine with a 4-hour cooking class and market visit in San Sebastián. Renowned for its culinary delights, San Sebastián ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.35

Small-Group Pintxos and Wine Tour in San Sebastián

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Wine and dine like a local on this 3-hour small-group ‘pintxos’ (Basque tapas) tour in San Sebastián. Head to San Sebastián’s famous Old Town, Parte ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.43

San Sebastian and Biarritz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Admire the beauty of San Sebastian on a walking tour of the Old Quarter, before enjoying the food at the typical fishing village of Hondarribia. Delight ...  Read more

Location: Bilbao, Spain
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.65

Best San Sebastián Cooking Class in a Local Family Home

Learn about the world-famous Basque cuisine from two food-loving locals on this 3-hour cooking class in San Sebastián. Get a glimpse of daily life in the ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.35

Cider and the Sea Factory of the Basques from San Sebastian

With the building of historical boats as its main activity, Albaola The Sea Factory of the Basques, is an innovative environment where nautical craftsmanship ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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