San Sebastián Food Tour: Pintxos and Wine
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!
PLEASE NOTE: This tour is a culture + food tour. You will not receive a full meal, but will get to sample 5 snacks (pintoxs) throughout the tour. In addition to learning about Basque gastronomy and digging in to the pintxos, you will enjoy a walking tour of the city and get to know San Sebastian like a local — by walking and eating!
- Local English-speaking guide
- 3 glasses of wine or local aperitif
- 6 pintxos (local snacks)
- a soft drink for passengers under 18 years of age
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Minimum age is 12 years
- For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
- This tour is a culture + food tour. You will not receive a full meal, but will get to sample six snacks (pintoxs) throughout the tour. In addition to learning about Basque gastronomy and digging in to the pintxos, enjoy a walking tour of the city and get to know San Sebastián like a local — by walking and eating!
- We can accommodate some dietary restrictions, please contact us in advance.
This tour was the perfect way to kick off our long weekend in San Sebastián. Kris, our guide was so fun and informative. She even followed up after the tour with an email with more recommendations. Highly recommend this tour to learn a little history of Basque culture and get your bearings in San Sebastián. Oh - and the Pintxos are delicious!!!
Carlo did a terrific job leading us in this small group three hour tour. He is extremely knowledgeable about basque cuisine and took us to 3 great bars where we sampled yummy pinxhos and wine. We also appreciated his email follow up with lots or recommendations which we plan on pursuin when we return to San Sebastián next year. Bob and Peg Ellwanger
Our guide Chris was helpful and informative. Well prepared to ensure a wonderful time. But beyond the tour she went out of her way to help us get a taxi back. Highly recommend to anyone
The tour was good and the guide Eneku as patient with the group (11). Choices of places to go to were good however, should have included a traditional pinxto bar rather than just going to modern ones.
Guide was great and we had delicious pintxos. Would recommend this trip we were a party of four and all enjoyed this tour
Fun experience to get to know the food and the culture of this area.
Very nice tour to get knowledge of the Pintxos in San Sebastian with a lovely guide.