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San Sebastián Local food tours

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San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

1. San Sebastian: Amazing Guided Market & Food Pintxo Tour

Take a guided tour through the old town of San Sebastián and see why it’s known for having some of the world’s best pintxos, the local word for small snacks. Witness the spectacle of pintxos being served in a selection of bars, each in their own special way alongside Local cider and wine.Begin with a stroll through the market full of delectable local produce and stop for a ham tasting. Visit an olive shop to taste the best olives, gilda and oil while you hear the history behind La Gilda, one of the oldest known pintxos, and meet a local vendor who is in the world’s top 4 olive oil shops.Next, head to the old quarter and go bar-hopping like a Basque native. See some landmark buildings and learn about private cooking clubs as you make more stops to taste the most avant-garde pintxos, Rioja Wine, and natural apple cider.Enjoy stories about Basque’s fascinating dishes, language, and heritage as you meet locals in the market and bars.

San Sebastian: Highlights Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

2. San Sebastian: Highlights Walking Tour with Pintxo and Drink

Meet San Sebastian's most interesting spots by walking across its historic area. Join your local guide on a walking tour and do not miss any of the secrets that this emblematic city hides. Learn every detail of its ancient buildings and its people. Depart from the border of Old and New Towns, where the 19th-century city walls were built. Be taken through the serpentine Old Town streets, visiting the two main churches and the pintxo streets. Later on, observe the expansion of the city during the early 20th century. Gaze at the influence of the Spanish Queen Maria Cristina in the construction of many of San Sebastian's most characteristic buildings, such as Hotel de Londres and Maria Cristina, the Buen Pastor Cathedral, the Tabakalera Museum, and Victoria Eugenia Auditorium. Enjoy a delicious round of pintxos and a drink in a traditional bar in the Old Town.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

3. Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

This tour is designed to guide you into one of the oldest traditional "cave-cellars" in the area, dug 7-8 meters (23-26 feet) deep under the houses. This is a fabulous experience not to be missed! This activity also includes  tasting wines in one of the most famous local wineries. You can also tour 'Marques del Riscal' winery cellar/hotel, which was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. You will also walk along the medieval streets of Laguardia, one of the most charming towns in La Rioja area, before discovering local home-made food for lunch in an off the beaten track, non touristy restaurant.

San Sebastian: Private Pintxos Basque -Tapas Tour

4. 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.

Getaria Txakoli Wine Tour From San Sebastian

5. Getaria Txakoli Wine Tour From San Sebastian

Txakoli is a white wine made from local green grapes that has been produced in the Basque Country long before the 16th century. The land surrounding the coastal town of Getaria provides its name to the Denomination of Origin “Txakoli from Getaria”, the best and most exclusive. Meet fishing towns of Getaria and Zarautz with Local Experts, and discover every secret of this characteristic wine in a txakolindegi (txakoli house, in Basque language) along with local food that comprises typical products from the Cantabrian sea. Live a unique experience with us!

From San Sebastian: Pamplona & Olite Royal Palace Tour

6. From San Sebastian: Pamplona & Olite Royal Palace Tour

Your tour begins with pickup at your hotel in San Sebastian. After a short 1.5-hour drive, you will arrive at the Royal Palace of Olite, where you will have 2 hours to explore this fascinating site. Following the castle visit, you will head to Pamplona where you will first sit down for a 2-course meal for lunch. Following this, you will begin sightseeing to some of the most famous spots of the city, including the running of the bulls path (where the world wide famous San Fermin festivities take place, the city hall square and the cathedral. After a day full of activities, your tour will return back to San Sebastian where you will be dropped off at your hotel or any other spot of your convenience.

San Sebastian & Gipuzkoa Coast Tour From Pamplona

7. San Sebastian & Gipuzkoa Coast Tour From Pamplona

La Concha Bay is one of the pearls of the Cantabric Sea that bathes the North of Spain, and is located in San Sebastián. Strolling along its iconic railing is a dream for many visitors, who take the opportunity to enter its Old Town and immerse themselves in the cradle of pintxos, miniature gastronomic wonders. Every restaurant is a temple of gastronomy here! Take the opportunity that this tour offers you to visit San Sebastián, have pintxos for lunch, and then get to know the small fishing villages like Getaria that surround the city where time seems to have stopped and traditions flourish in every corner.

From San Sebastián: Basque-France Coastline Private Tour

8. From San Sebastián: Basque-France Coastline Private Tour

Travel the Basque French Coastline, skipping from town to town stopping for the highlights of each township. Spend time exploring each unique feature of beauty that differentiates each township from the next. Visit the town that inspired the writings for Victor Hugo, in Pasajes San Juan. Visit the famous town of Biarritz, known as the pearl of the coast. This tour will make sure to travel along the way through the highlights of Saint Jean de Luz and Hendaya for their French Basque qualities. Find the Basque Spanish influenced settlements as a unique twist from the French.  Experience a turn in time, in Hondarribia a Spanish down known for the best preserved medieval architecture. Visit too the 16th century attributions that have been well preserved as a quaint sight to see. From Jaizibel mountain see the best sights of the region. Looking at both the Spanish countryside in one direction, the French countryside in one direction and the second largest bay in the world open to beautiful Atlantic Sea in the next direction. 

Cider House Experience From San Sebastián

9. Cider House Experience From San Sebastián

Cider (named sagardo in Basque language, which means apple wine) is one of the most traditional and everlasting Basque drinks. The magic that involves its production (made in traditional Basque homesteads for centuries) can still be found in cider houses (Sagardotegis, in Basque language) where, apart from tasting the most traditional cider house menu, a guided tour of the apple trees and the different production areas is included in order to unveil every secret of this drink’s production. Transportation and lunch are included in this tour, with free flow cider included during lunch!

From Bilbao: Basque Country Gastronomy Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about San Sebastián

I just finished my pintxos tour with Jon and to say that I had an enjoyable experience is an understatement. I was fortunate enough to be johns only guest for the evening so I had his undivided attention. We hit it off immediately, and after exchanging pleasantries we began our tour in the local market where he introduced me to the local meat selections and educated me about the region. After trying some delicious locally sourced olives and tapenade from a lovely couple we made our way through the streets of the old town where I was blown away with Jon’s selections and education on all things San Sebastián. Our evening ended with a visit to a world renowned cheese cake bar that conveniently was located right across the street from my flat. I made my first friend in San Sebastián with Jon during an experience that I won’t soon forget. This tour is a must for anyone visiting for the first time, and even for those more experienced visitors looking to expand their palette. Thank you Jon!

We had a great time with John. He had come highly recommended through our contacts at London Restaurant Festival, who used him on a tour to San Sebastián with a celebrity chef. Communication was excellent via WhatsApp and the meeting point so easy to find. We normally try to book a food tour on our first night but John was only able offer the following evening. This meant we revisited 2 places we had stopped by already. However this was not an issue, as in the first place we had something we would never had thought to order and the second (the most famous place to get cheesecake) he served in a way that changed the flavour and boosted the experience - the perfect way to finish the tour. The tour starts in the underground market for snacks, before moving to a few Pintxos bars to try various local delicacies. Some more challenging than others but our group was happy to try everything and it was all delicious. Food was paired with cider or wine and not a single bad dish.

A fantastic tour of San Sebastián old town with traditional drinks and Pintxos. Jon was full of historical and interesting facts about the area and chose some fantastic Pintxos and drinks to share with us. The cheesecake and raisin liquor was my absolute favourite! Delicious!! We did this on our final evening and we thought it would actually be more useful to do it at the beginning so you can revisit some of the restaurants to sample the amazing food again!

A Feast for the Palate! The Pintxos Tour and the tour of the San Sebastián market was excellent, pleasant and very entertaining. Jon captivated us with his interesting information and infected us with his joy and passion for Gastronomy. It was an extraordinary experience that I would repeat with great pleasure. Highly recommended. thanks jon

Myself and my 3 teenage daughters had wonderful time on the Pinxtos Tasting Tour. We had a fun time whilst enjoying the delicacies of San Sebastian.