Add dates
San Sebastián

Meet the Locals

Our most recommended San Sebastián Meet the Locals

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!

San Sebastian: Guided Food Tour with Pintxos Tasting

2. San Sebastian: Guided Food Tour with Pintxos Tasting

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 Spanish 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 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.

From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

3. From Bilbao: San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast Tour

Explore the stunning sights of San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most charming cities just an hour away from Bilbao, famous for its high quality food and pintxos, a traditional Spanish snack. Start the day with a wander around the city with your expert guide and learn about the area and the locals. Refuel your energy with a stop for some pintxos and a refreshing drink to keep you going throughout the day. Next, visit a number of small fishing villages on the coast, including Orio, Getaria, and San Telmo, and get to know the locals and their traditional way of life.

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.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

5. 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.

Ultimate San Sebastian Pintxos & Wine Tour (Daytime)

6. 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: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

7. From San Sebastian: Flavors of French Basque Country Tour

Embark on a guided gastronomic adventure through the French Basque Coast of Iparralde, one of the most picturesque regions on the Atlantic Coast. Explore the seaside villages of Biarritz, Saint Jean de Luz & Guethary and sample its local specialties. Meet your guide in the morning and be introduced to the history of the area. Enjoy a spectacular drive along the corniche basque to Saint Jean de Luz. Start your culinary journey with a visit to the local ‘affineur’, an expert who receives cheese from producers and holds it in their shop until it’s ready to eat. Sample a selection of ‘raised’ by affineur cheeses. Sip French Basque wine from Irulegui. Next up, take a stroll along the streets of the town listening to the thrilling stories of local pirates, corsairs, sailors, and fishermen. Enjoy free time to visit the 13th-century church of St. John the Baptist with its remarkable hull-shaped wood-paneled vault. If you'd like to try local foie gras, be taken to a farm store stocked with this French delicacy.  To complete your trip to Saint Juan de Luz, visit the pastry shop where macarons were first created in 1660. Buy these confections and head to the surfing and food paradise of Biarritz. After having a glimpse of the Biarritz lighthouse, continue to Les Halles neighborhood and its vibrant food market.  Visit the market’s most-loved bar where locals stop for a seafood aperitif while shopping. Explore the area like a local by trying oysters, shrimps, and snails from Arcachon. Pair your meal with a glass of great white wine from Bordeaux.  Then, discover the truffle heaven, a bar specializing in truffle-flavored charcuterie and gourmet products from the region. Next, make some room for pintxos.  From Biarritz, go back to the other side and explore the picturesque fishing village of Hondarribia. Taste some of the best pintxos in an award-winning restaurant. Learn about modern Basque cuisine and discuss the differences between French Basque and Spanish Basque food. At the end of the day, return to San Sebastian with a full belly and lots of memories.

San Sebastian: Private Gastronomy Tour and Cooking Class

8. San Sebastian: Private Gastronomy Tour and Cooking Class

Immerse yourself in the Basque Country's world-famous gastronomy scene in a cooking class with a local chef. The experience begins with a private guided tour along the Old Quarter of San Sebastian. Explore the main sites as well as some hidden gems often missed by visitors. Learn about Basque history, culture, and traditions while picking out the best seasonal products at a local market. Once the shopping is complete, walk to the private cooking area where the class will take place. Learn the main elements of a Basque meal and how to prepare them according to local tradition. At the end of the course, sit down to enjoy your culinary creation with a glass of local Basque wine.

From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

9. From San Sebastian: French-Basque Countryside Private Tour

The first stop on the tour is Saint Jean Pied De Port which is considered the start point on the famous St. James Way, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The Basque language is still spoken on both sides of the border of this stunning medieval town. Next, it's the town of Bidarray, an off the track town in the countryside. Drive along the famous Pass Du Roland to get to Espelette town. Labourd style houses make this town unique, as it's known for its dried red peppers hanging from their facades. Taste some of the typical products of the region. Ainhoa is known for its church, a cemetery full of the traditional disc-topped monuments and white and red houses - a very typical Basque village. Finally, it's Sare, one of the most beautiful villages. Placed at the base of the first mountain in the Pyrenees mountain range, La Rhune, Sare is a major prehistoric site and has carefully preserved.

Pamplona: Best of the City Private Tour

10. Pamplona: Best of the City Private Tour

During the year, the tour includes the walk along the same way where runners do during the festival. You will be visiting the city's Castillo Square, the City Hall, the Ciudadella defensive walls and the historic places in the Old Quarter like San Saturnino Church, San Lorenzo church, the local market, Hemingway's places. Come to discover it and participate with the local Get a guided visit of the old town of Pamplona, the defensive citadel, so you learn about the history and traditions

Frequently asked questions about San Sebastián Meet the Locals

What are other things to do than Meet the Locals that are worth visiting in San Sebastián?

The other unmissable things to do in San Sebastián are:

Which San Sebastián Meet the Locals are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in San Sebastián

Want to discover all there is to do in San Sebastián? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about San Sebastián

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Jon was amazing! We had such a great time and it was some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life. Jon takes the time to figure out what you like and are interested in and can customize the places you stop at accordingly. Felt much more personal than some of the bigger tour companies and we loved it. Eurra!

What an experience! Laura was a fantastic guide. She did not just take us to fantastic pintxo places but also showed us how to order for ourselves. We tried today and was offered food that was not on the menu. Such a wonderful and well rounded experience!

Jon is a brilliant guide. He picked the best Pintxos at the best bars - things we would never have found ourselves and was charming and informative. For the amount we ate and drank it is superb value. Really couldn’t have asked for anymore

Begonia was lovely and knowledgeable. She shared information in a way that was informative but did not seem rehearsed. The food was delicious. I did find it expensive.

The guide was really informative and so helpful guiding us around the maze of bars. Especially gracious and clear when dealing with the need for gluten free food.