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  • Location: San Sebastian, Spain
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
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, pintxos is tapas in miniature form, consisting of bite-sized treats that are beautiful to look at and even better to taste! Sample house specialties like local spider crab and try classic Basque tipples such as txakoli wine while learning about the history of Basque region cuisine.

Highlights

  • 3-hour evening pintxos tour of San Sebastián with a friendly local guide
  • Visit three award-winning pintxos bars around Constitution Square and the Gross neighborhood
  • Learn about the history of Basque cuisine and the renowned food in San Sebastián
  • Sample signature pintxos like stewed rabbit and fresh txangurro, the local spider crab
  • Try popular Basque beverages such as txakoli wine and cider

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Experience a night out in San Sebastián just as the locals do! You’ll learn that pintxos bars not only provide great food, but also play a big part in the locals’ social lives; they’re great places to meet friends and new people.

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What You Can Expect

San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and Wine

Enjoy pintxos on a Basque tapas tour!

Meet your guide in central San Sebastián, and set off on a stroll around Constitution Square and the city’s Gross neighborhood, hearing about the region’s famous cuisine as you walk. Often cited as Spain’s pivotal food destination, the Basque Country region has a cuisine that reflects its rich layers of history; the early Christians introduced seafood; the Industrial Revolution produced wealth and a demand for French chefs; and the 20th century saw Spanish chefs experimenting with the Basque dishes of old.

As the region’s capital, San Sebastián flies the flag for foodies with its cluster of Michelin-starred restaurants and, of course, its ever-popular tapas bars. Serving up pintxos, a Basque variation of tapas, the bars are rammed to the rafters with locals and visitors alike who go to eat and be merry.

In between chatting about food, visit three of San Sebastian’s finest pintxos bars to try out their lovingly crafted specialties in each one. Dishes may change on occasion, but typically include a succulent rabbit dish paired with a glass of local txakoli wine and carrillada – stewed pigs’ or cows’ cheeks – with a glass of full-bodied Rioja Alavesa. Try artisan cheese, cider and even seafood delicacies such as txangurro, a spider crab dish.

The three bars are different in style, giving you a glimpse of the many types of pintxos bars in town. Learn the difference between a sagardotegi and sociedad gastronomica, and marvel at the creative flair shown in each one.

Your tour finishes at the third bar in the center of town, leaving you well placed to continue eating and drinking your way around San Sebastián, if you wish!

Customer Reviews

Karen B
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Fantastic! Thomasz was an excellent guide and I loved the fact we left the old town and ventured into less touristy spots. Tomasz shared lots of information about the local area and about what we were eating and drinking. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This may have been the highlight of our honeymoon. We picked Spain for our honeymoon because we LOVE food. It's probably our biggest expense when we're at home, and we were so excited to go to San Sebastian after hearing so much about the food culture there. Our tour guide was Tomas. He was AMAZING. He took us to 3 different Pinxchos spots in Gros and in the Old Town. Not only did he show us 3 amazing locations, but we got to try different wines and ciders, and Tomas gave us background information about the history of Pinxchos as well as the history of the Basque region. It really gave us a full perspective of the area. He also gave us recommendations for dinners for the rest of our trip and encouarged us to hike Mount Urgell and Monte Igueldo which were fantastic. I highly recommend this tour. Ask for Tomas though!

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