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Basque Cuisine: Pintxos, Seafood and Txakoli Wine

By Viator, May 2016

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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 357 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 $74.23
San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 140 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 $125.61
San Sebastián Cooking Class: Pintxos and Basque Cuisine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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San Sebastián Cooking Class: Pintxos and Basque Cuisine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 56 Reviews

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

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

From USD $177.00
San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine, San Sebastian, Cooking Classes
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San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine

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Explore the winding streets of the atmospheric Old Town with a gastronomic guide and discover local haunts that serve the best pintxos in town. Immerse ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.49
Pintxos Walkabout Paired with Beer or Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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Pintxos Walkabout Paired with Beer or Wine

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Visit the best bars in San Sebastian on a guided pintxos tour, trying the house specialty and a wine pairing at each spot, and take in the unique history and ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $137.03
San Sebastian and Biarritz, Bilbao, Food Tours
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San Sebastian and Biarritz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 306 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 $97.07
Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Day Trip from San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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Rioja Alavesa Wineries and Medieval Villages Day Trip from San Sebastian

This tour will run around the Basque wine region called Rioja Alavesa. This area is home to the best wineries of Rioja. Is not only the wine, along the way you ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastián, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $593.81
Private San Sebastian Pintxos tour, San Sebastian, Day Trips
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Private San Sebastian Pintxos tour

Experience the famous bar hopping tour tasting couple of pintxos, basque tapas, drinking local wine while gathering with locals in the old town of San ...  Read more

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

From USD $97.07
Hondarribia Evening Tour from San Sebastián with Paella and Wine, San Sebastian, Food Tours
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Hondarribia Evening Tour from San Sebastián with Paella and Wine

Visit beautiful Hondarribia, a Basque coastal town, on an evening trip from San Sebastián! With a local guide, travel by public bus and experience the ...  Read more

Location: San Sebastian, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.91
San Sebastián Cooking Class in a Local Family Home, San Sebastian, Seasonal Events
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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 $55.96

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