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San Sebastian Old Town (Parte Vieja Donostiarra) Tours

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San Sebastian Old Town (Parte Vieja Donostiarra)
San Sebastian’s medieval Old Town is a maze of bar-packed alleys serving the city’s world-famous pintxos and wine. The neighborhood is also home to  the wonderfully chaotic Pescadería (fish market), the San Telmo Municipal Museum, Church of San Vicente, and the Basilica of Saint Mary of Coro.
 
The Basics
San Sebastian’s Old Town has the highest concentration of bars in the world. While you’re bar-hopping through the neighborhood’s cobblestone alleys, make sure to also visit the docks, where seafood restaurants are housed in old fishing cottages with boats moored out front. Most walking and biking tours of Old Town are food-centric and give you a chance to taste the city’s signature bite-sized morsels, called pintxos, and traditional basque beverages, such as txakoli and cider. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • While Old Town is perhaps most famous for its bars and food, the neighborhood also contains plenty of shops and other daytime attractions, and pintxos are served all day.
  • The neighborhood’s pintxo bars typically specialize in a single ingredient or small dish, with each one costing about $2–$3.
  • The neighborhood hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. 
  • Old Town is accessible for wheelchairs, though many streets are paved with rough cobblestones.  
How to Get There
The best way to explore Old Town is to walk or use the city’s bike-sharing program. You can reach the area via public bus: Take the 8 or 42 to the Boulevard 19 stop; the 9, 29, 31, or B3 to the Boulevard 15 stop; the 21, 29, B4, or B9 to the Boulevard 9 stop; or the 13, 14, B6, or B10 to the Boulevard 3 stop. The 39 bus also runs along the eastern side of the neighborhood. To hail a taxi in San Sebastian, find an official taxi stand; cars won’t stop for riders outside of designated areas.

When to Get There
Individual businesses in Old Town all have their own hours. Typically, local businesses open in mid-morning, close for the siesta from roughly 2pm–4pm, and then reopen for a few hours in the evening. Some restaurants and bars open around 7:30pm, and close in the early hours of the morning, around 2 or 3am, while others are open from lunch through the dinner hour and close before midnight. Check schedules before visiting.
 
Constitution Square (Plaza de la Constitución) 
Constitution Square is the pulsating heart of San Sebastián’s old quarter. Stop here before you head into Old Town’s warren of streets, and enjoy a quiet glass of wine on a café terrace. The dynamic plaza is a great place to soak up the city’s festive atmosphere and do some people watching.  
Address: San Sebastian, Spain
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21 Tours and Activities to Experience San Sebastian Old Town (Parte Vieja Donostiarra)

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San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine

San Sebastian Evening Pintxo Tour with Wine

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Tantalize your taste buds with traditional Basque cuisine on a ‘pintxos’ (Basque tapas) tour of San Sebastiàn. 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 yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of six exquisite eateries and sample styles ranging from classic to contemporary. Sip cider and fine wines designed to compliment each dish and enjoy the intimate atmosphere of this small-group tour, on which numbers are limited to 10 people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$148,37
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US$148,37

San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

San Sebastian Walking Tour with Pintxo and a Drink

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Stroll through the historic Old Town of San Sebastian with a guide on this walking tour. Through a guide's commentary, learn about the city's people, culture, architecture, and history. With a small group of just 15 people or fewer, travelers will enjoy personalized attention and the chance to ask questions on the tour, which will stop at a local bar for a round of pintxos (tapas) and a drink.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$41,54
Price varies by group size
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US$41,54
Price varies by group size
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San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine

San Sebastian Lunch Time Pintxo Tour with Wine

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Get a lesson in the art of pintxo eating with this mouthwatering food and wine walking tour in San Sebastian. Follow a foodie guide to several of the city’s best pintxo bars, where you’ll savor a hand-picked selection of Basque tapas paired with local wines and ciders. Featuring enough bite-size delicacies to make a hearty lunch and an intimate small-group atmosphere, it’s the perfect way to get a taste of San Sebastian's famous dining scene.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$139,28
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US$139,28

San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

San Sebastian City Bicycle Tour

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Visit the highlights of San Sebastian in a short amount of time on this guided bike tour. Cruise around the easy-to-bike city with a guide, stopping at more than 10 hotspots, including three beaches. This tour departs from a centrally located location at two convenient times, making it an easy to incorporate it into your day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$51,04
Price varies by group size
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US$51,04
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San Sebastian Old Town Pintxo Tour

San Sebastian Old Town Pintxo Tour

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Our pintxo tour will take you on a journey full of flavours. Explore the Basque culture through its delicious food and drinks, devour San Sebastian and its best pintxos, pairing them with excellent regional beverages. From the most traditional pintxos to the last avant-garde ones, discover the history of one of the culinary capitals of the world.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$120,28
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US$120,28

History and flavors of San Sebastian with Lunch

History and flavors of San Sebastian with Lunch

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With Discover San Sebastian you will walk through the city center and old town, visiting the most important places while learning our history and captivating anecdotes only known by locals. In an hour and a half, we will have time to see the main spots in town before tasting the variety of the best pintxos in the city. Each pintxo/tapas tour of Discover San Sebastian will be unique since your guide will decide the route that you will take based on your food preferences or allergies. In each bar that you visit, our guide will suggest a variety of pintxos and recommend the best drink that goes with your choice while explaining how to order and move around the old town like a local.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$172,11
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US$172,11

Accessible San Sebastian City Tour - Museums

Accessible San Sebastian City Tour - Museums

Come to know the culture of San Sebastian and explore the city with us doing a tour and visiting the best places of Donosti. In addition, you will have the opportunity of learning more about the history and evolution of the Basque society in San Telmo Museum with a local guide. Or maybe, if you are a passionate of the sea you will prefer the visit of the Aquarium Museum.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$240,36
Price varies by group size
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US$240,36
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San Sebastián city tour with pintxo introduction

San Sebastián city tour with pintxo introduction

History meets Haute Cuisine in San Sebastián. A chance to experience both the most beautiful sights of San Sebastián as well as discover the gastronomic heart of the Basque Country. We start out on a historic walk around the old town and the city centre to get to know the town's history before visiting some of the most famous and distinguished pintxo restaurants in San Sebastián and enjoying a couple of signature pintxos with drinks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$271,63
per group
From
US$271,63
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Historic and architectural tour of San Sebastián

Historic and architectural tour of San Sebastián

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A unique tour, from a historical and architectural perspective of the city, offered by architects for all audiences. Discover why San Sebastián is today as it is, from its origins as a medieval city, its military importance and its openness to the modernity of the 19th and 20th centuries. Its streets, buildings and facades are witnesses of its history. A unique experience in San Sebastián.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35,61
From
US$35,61
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Private Gourmet Pintxos Tour with a local guide

Private Gourmet Pintxos Tour with a local guide

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Dive deeper into the food culture of the Basque Country with this guided pintxos (tapas) tasting tour around San Sebastián. A guide will bring you to five different specially chosen pintxos bars, make recommendations tailored to your tastes, and may even suggest special off-menu items. Unlike traditional food tours, you can order whatever you want (at your own expense).
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$77,15
Price varies by group size
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US$77,15
Price varies by group size
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Open Food & Wine tours in San Sebastian

Open Food & Wine tours in San Sebastian

This is a unique way to experience the famous bar hopping tour tasting pintxos, basque tapas, drinking local wine or beer, while gathering with locals in the old town of San Sebastian. Visiting some of San Sebastian's best pintxo bars with a food-culinary expert guide on this amazing and fun tour. Enjoy the tour as a local on our small groups, which means you can get to know the real taste of some typical San Sebastian pintxos. Amazing tastes of local different pintxos and wines, beers or soft drinks Learn about the culinary-gastronomy culture of San Sebastian Taste the real food along the street bars and restaurants like a local!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$59,35
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US$59,35
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Highlights of the Basque Country 4-Day Private Tour

Highlights of the Basque Country 4-Day Private Tour

Discover the main attractions like a local in 4 days! 4 Full day tours along the basque country. Visiting the main touristic places as well as of the track ones which only local people know.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$1 175,07
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US$1 175,07
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Evening Pintxo-Tapas Tour with a Local Expert

Evening Pintxo-Tapas Tour with a Local Expert

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Visit some of San Sebastian's best pintxo bars with a culinary expert guide on this food tour. Travel with a small group of just eight people, which means you can get to know your host and fellow adventurers as you go. Taste some typical San Sebastian pintxos and listen to in-depth commentary on the local culinary culture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$130,56
From
US$130,56
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History and flavors of San Sebastian for Dinner

History and flavors of San Sebastian for Dinner

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With Discover San Sebastian you will walk through the city center and old town, visiting the most important places while learning our history and captivating anecdotes only known by locals. In an hour and a half, we will have time to see the main spots in town before tasting the variety of the best pintxos in the city. Each pintxo/tapas tour of Discover San Sebastian will be unique since your guide will decide the route that you will take based on your food preferences or allergies. In each bar that you visit, our guide will suggest a variety of pintxos and recommend the best drink that goes with your choice while explaining how to order and move around the old town like a local.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$172,11
From
US$172,11

Pintxos tour in the old quarter of San Sebastian.

Pintxos tour in the old quarter of San Sebastian.

San Sebastian is a city with one of the best gastronomy to offer worldwide and the pintxos in the old quarter are definately one of its highlights. In this tour we will spend 2 to 3 hours tasting the most reputed pintxos in town in the most traditional bars by the hand of a passionate ex pintxos chef.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$75,73
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US$75,73
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San Sebastian SIGHTSEEING and PINTXOS - Private Cultural & Gastronomic Adventure

San Sebastian SIGHTSEEING and PINTXOS - Private Cultural & Gastronomic Adventure

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Enjoy an essential in-depth introduction to Basque culture, history and architecture, topped up with ‘txikiteo’ bar hopping that will leave you with a handful of tips on how to experience San Sebastian like a local.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$267,06
Price varies by group size
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US$267,06
Price varies by group size
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PINTXOS in San Sebastian - Private Gastronomic and Cultural Adventure

PINTXOS in San Sebastian - Private Gastronomic and Cultural Adventure

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With a seemingly endless variety of classic Basque-country pintxos, or small snacks, to choose from, deciding where to eat in Donostia can be daunting. This guided tour eliminates the guesswork by taking you to tried-and-true establishments known for their high-quality pintxos—and might push you out of your comfort zone to try favorite local varieties. Enjoy a snack and a drink at each while chatting with your guide on this friendly private tour of the city.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$136,50
Price varies by group size
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US$136,50
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Pintxo tasting paired with Spanish wines

Pintxo tasting paired with Spanish wines

The chance to enjoy an experience like this in a totally private way, taking advantage of the knowledge and closeness of our guide, will allow to to see and understand everything in a much deeper way than big group experiences.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$130,56
Price varies by group size
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US$130,56
Price varies by group size
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From the market, to the secret kitchen

From the market, to the secret kitchen

I am a Basque native, in love with my country, culture and gastronomy. And after be working with travelers 7 years, in 2015 I started offering artisan, unique and authentic experiences in my own. Aiming to offer the possibility to enjoy feeling and living, the true essence of the Basque Country, out of the commercial and away from the tourist masses. And this is the best experience I offer ever about our gastronomy in San Sebastian and probably the most pure that is offered in the city. If you don’t believe me, came on to buy all we will need, in the market and old stores, for cooking and eating, one of our most classic menus in my "gastronomic society". And after completing the experience, you are not satisfied. I will return you, the amount paid for it. * The gastronomic society : Is where you can experience the region’s gastronomy from first hand. The love of food and social dining is what brings together to cook top quality ingredients with loving care.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$148,37
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US$148,37

Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Evening)

Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Evening)

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Discover the tradition of pintxos (Basque tapas) during this small-group food tour in San Sebastian. See the city through a local’s lens and visit six pintxos bars meeting the families behind them along the way. Taste a variety of snacks and Spanish wine as you stroll through San Sebastian in a group limited to just eight people.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$129,38
Price varies by group size
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US$129,38
Price varies by group size
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Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Daytime)

Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Daytime)

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We’ve got good news: pintxos aren’t just for dinner! If you’re looking for the same classic bars and essential bites as our evening tour, but on a different schedule, you’re in the right place. Whether you’ve already got plans for dinner, prefer to explore the Old Town during a less-crowded time of day or are traveling with kids, we’ve got lunch covered. - Skip the evening crowds and support local businesses during their slower time of day. - Discover a unique gastronomic tradition that’s centuries old and still practiced here. - Visit a bar that's a San Sebastian institution< for for locally-caught seafood. - Make the most of the most important meal of the day with bites carefully selected for you! - Conquer all of San Sebastian's must-visit bars in one day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105,64
Price varies by group size
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US$105,64
Price varies by group size
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