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San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

1. San Sebastian: Ultimate Pintxos & Wine Evening Tour

Join a curated San Sebastian pintxos tour to discover the city’s best pintxos bars in the old town while you learn the local ways of dining out and how to enjoy the Basque way of eating (and drinking!) Along the way, learn the fascinating history of the region’s complex and unique cuisine and culture, as you weave in and out of its mystery-filled streets. Begin the evening in true local style with some crisp local cider and delicious seafood pintxos. Move on to acorn-fed Iberian ham, as well as the local variety. Taste the best anchovies in the country, the most delicious local beef, seared local cod, suckling pig, and more. Dive into hand-picked hidden taverns serving delicious and unique house specialties– from traditional local favorites to gourmet modern creations - you’ll try them all. Wash the pintxos down with excellent local wines, ciders, and more. Gain an understanding of the local culture and history– which is plentiful in the Basque Country and San Sebastian as you fill your mind as well as your belly. Receive a free mini-guide, which is packed with all of the guide's favorite places to eat and drink in the city, so you’ll be eating well for the rest of your stay!

From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

2. From San Sebastian: Camino de Santiago Hike to San Pedro

Hike a section of the legendary Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and experience San Sebastian from a fresh perspective. Stroll along the seafront, and follow the path up through the woods of Mount Ulia. Walk in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims who followed the path to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.  Marvel at the beautiful surroundings and get stunning views of the city from the mountain. Learn about the watchtower at the summit, from where whales can be seen in the Bay of Biscay. Make your way over the clifftops and through lush valleys and fill your lungs with the fresh sea air. Pass the remains of a Roman aqueduct, and see the 19th-century La Plata lighthouse that guided fishermen to port. Descend through pine forests to the fishing village of San Pedro, and stop to taste the local seafood tapas with wine, beer, soda, or water. Drive back to San Sebastian at the end of your amazing experience.

San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

3. San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

Enjoy this guided tour in San Sebastian, visiting the most historical and the most representative points in the historic center of San Sebastian. Along with a dose of history, you will get a special treat: a pintxos tasting tour which will visit a couple of the nicest pintxos bars in the old part of San Sebastian. Never heard of a pintxo? You'll be trying to re-create this Basque speciality at home after trying them here.  This tour goes for the famous "bar hopping" along different local places while you smell, see and of course, taste all the essence of Basque gastronomy. You will also be guided along to the local market to see all the fresh products displayed before going into the restaurants bars where Pintxos are made daily using only seasonal products. Do you really want to feel like a local? Then, this is your tour. Gather local people on their daily lives in the Old Quarter of San Sebastian.

From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wine Cellar & Tasting Tour

4. From San Sebastian: La Rioja Wine Cellar & Tasting Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel or preferred location and taken to La Rioja, located around 100 miles (160 kilometers) from San Sebastian. Once there, you will visit 2 wine cellars that have been carefully selected by wine experts and take a walk around the vineyards to see the grape plants.  You will learn about wine processing, from choosing the grapes to producing the final product. You will also taste some wine and try some local products. 

From Bilbao: Basque Country Gastronomy Tour

5. From Bilbao: Basque Country Gastronomy Tour

Depart from Bilbao at 08:30 AM. Reach the inland of Gipuzkoa until Ordizia. The traditional fair in Ordizia every Wednesday is a meeting place for buyers and sellers of agricultural produce from the area. It is sheltered by a structure with thick columns and has numerous stalls of all kinds that include Idiazabal cheese, fruit, vegetables, and endless top-quality fresh produce. Following is a guided tour of the Idiazabal Cheese Interpretation Centre, where you will enjoy an Idiazabal cheese tasting and a glass of local wine. Then continue with a fabulous guided tour around the old town of San Sebastian, enjoying five pintxos and two drinks in different local bars. Then, enjoy free time in the city on your own. To finish, you get to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of La Concha Bay from Igeldo Mountain before heading back to Bilbao.

From Pamplona: San Sebastián Day Trip with Lunch

6. From Pamplona: San Sebastián Day Trip with Lunch

Begin your journey of Spain's Basque country with a hotel pickup in Pamplona, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to San Sebastián, one of the most charming cities in Europe well-known for its delicious tapas, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour through its small winding streets. Look up to admire the lovely balconies adorning the buildings and marvel at the magnificent architecture of the main cathedral. Stop and taste traditional"pintxos", or bitesized local tapas, as you wind your way through the city's streets. Next, head to nearby local fishing villages of Getaria and Orio along the Basque coast to get a true feel of local fisherman culture before being driven back to Pamplona.

Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Daytime)

7. Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Daytime)

Discover the city’s best pintxos bars in the old town while you learn the local ways of dining out and how to enjoy the Basque way of eating (and drinking). Learn the fascinating history of this region’s complex and unique cuisine culture.  Your morning will begin in true local style with some crisp local cider and delicious seafood pintxos. Move on to acorn-fed Iberian ham, as well as the local variety—extremely hard to find elsewhere. Then, dive into a few more hand-picked hidden taverns serving delicious and unique house specialties. From the traditional local favorites to gourmet modern creations, you’ll try them all, finishing with San Sebastian’s award-winning cheesecake for dessert.

From San Sebastian: Half-Day Basque Cheese Tour

8. From San Sebastian: Half-Day Basque Cheese Tour

If you are a cheese lover this is your tour. Come to visit a Basque cheese farm product producer to learn about how these products are made and of course to taste these products too. You will go to the heart of the cheese production area in the Basque Country so you can see and taste all about this great product and its production. You will not only be able to see the production area but also fall in love with the beautiful Basque mountain landscape. Do not miss the opportunity to meet and taste one of the best products from the Basque gastronomy.

From San Sebastian: Rioja Wine Tour

9. From San Sebastian: Rioja Wine Tour

This tour features the Basque wine region called Rioja Alavesa. This area is home to the best wineries of Rioja. Along the way, find not only wine, but discover amazing historical places. The St. James route passes through the area with medieval villages where there will be a few stops. Also along the way, experience art, culture, and the best that Spain has to offer. Leave from San Sebastian early in the morning. Upon arriving, taste the wines in some of the oldest wineries in Rioja Alavesa. After that, head to Laguardia Medieval village. Here, learn part of the history of La Rioja while you have time to eat pintxos and drink wine. Finally, visit a fourth winery in the area. All the wineries you are going to visit produce high quality wines with the traditional Rioja process.

From San Sebastian: Hondarribia Sightseeing and Pintxos

10. From San Sebastian: Hondarribia Sightseeing and Pintxos

Be picked up in San Sebastian and drive down one of the most scenic roads along the Basque Coast. On the way, your guide will explain the history of the area and what to expect throughout the experience. Your first stop is the fishing port of Hondarribia, where you’ll hear about the history of local sailors, pirates, and explorers. Immerse yourself in some of the oldest fishing traditions and find out about some of the favorite seafood delicacies in the region.  Head to the historic part of this fortified town with its narrow streets, flower-draped balconies, and medieval charm. Find out about the hacheros – men with peculiar sheep wool hats – and discover a hidden collection of tapestries by Rubens in the castle of Emperor Charles V. Visit one bar popular with locals. You willl also try some pintxos which were invented in Hondarribia.  Continue to the fisherman village known as the Marina to savor pintxos in another two establishments. Your guide will also give you practical tips on how to enjoy pintxos the way locals do. Each dish will be paired with a regional drink of wine, beer, or apple cider. After the pintxos, you'll have the chance to try a surprise dessert that is loved by locals. At the end of this delicious experience, you will be driven back to San Sebastian.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Hector was an amazing guide. As he’s a local to San Sebastián he gave us just the right amount of history and daily life & culture to really get to grips with this fabulous city. The food on the tour was excellent , super fresh and varied. We wouldn’t have had the ability to experience these little unknown family run restaurants unless you had a guide. Also as we don’t have Spanish never mind Basque (local dialect) it made it all effortless. Hector guided us through the warren of beautiful and fascinating little streets while pointing out hidden places and of course we had lots of food and drinks along the way. This tour is a must while in San Sebastián ........ thanks Hector

We did this tour on our first night in San Sebastián. It should be the first thing anyone does! It taught us so much about the food/wine and Basque culture. Our tour guide, Natalia was bubbly, interesting and had grown up in San Sebastián. I’m sending my daughter and her friend on the same tour when they arrive on Friday!

Iker, our city guide was super personable and open-minded. He knew the city inside out. Was very well informed historically and culturally. Iker took us to special tapas bars with a lot of taste and good quality. I can only recommend this tour. Everything was very exciting and entertaining.

Hector was a wonderful guide who is passionate about San Sebastian. He was able to mix in the history of the city as we went on our pinxto tour. I can feel Hector's passion about the city and the people there, this is one of the best things I have done in Spain.

The tour far exceeded our expectations. In addition to the wines and the pinxtos, our guide Iker taught us a lot about the history of the city and the Basques. We had a wonderful evening in San Sebastian. This tour is definitely to be recommended!