¡Bienvenido 2020! Best Tips for New Year in San Sebastian

Eating the 12 grapes at midnight is an essential part of celebrating New Year's Eve in San Sebastian!

About to travel to the north of Spain after Christmas? There’s no better plan than celebrating the new year in San Sebastian! Wondering where to eat dinner on New Year’s Eve and where to head on New Year’s Day? Whether your preference is loads of glitter and bubbly, or a cozy dinner with some amazing […]

Kaixo, 2020! Spending New Year’s Eve in San Sebastian

The last of all the many festivals in San Sebastian: the one and only New Year's Eve!

This blog post was originally posted on November 23, 2017, and was updated on November 28, 2019. Out with the old, in with the new—and there’s no better place to celebrate than San Sebastian! With its glamorous beaches and winding streets filled with bars and restaurants serving the best food in Europe, it’s no wonder why […]

An Anthony Bourdain-Inspired Trip to San Sebastian, in 5 Steps

Arzak, one of the restaurants that's perfect for eating alone in San Sebastian.

Even if you can’t claim to consider Juan Mari Arzak a father figure in your own life, you can still explore San Sebastian Anthony Bourdain-style. The late chef, author and travel documentarian visited the Basque Country and San Sebastian many times over the years. A couple of times, he also brought cameras along. In his […]

Where to Eat on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in San Sebastian in 2019

The Dry Bar at the Hotel Maria Cristina, pictured here, is one of our favorite restaurants for Christmas in San Sebastian.

Make your winter holidays unforgettable with these options for delicious Christmas Day and Christmas Eve dinners in San Sebastian. The town slows down during the Christmas holidays when local shops and restaurants close up and donostiarras get ready to spend the holidays with their families. But no worries––there are still plenty of excellent restaurants for […]

Winter Wonderland: Visiting San Sebastian in December 2019

The annual Christmas market is a must when visiting San Sebastian in December!

This blog post was originally posted on November 27, 2017, and was updated on November 6, 2019. Basque traditions, familiar holiday celebrations and delicious food converge to create a winter wonderland here in San Sebastian in December. Most people might flock to the city’s sunny shores in the warmer months, but that just means that the […]

A Complete Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in San Sebastian

Convent Garden hosts one of the best Christmas markets in San Sebastian for holiday decor and mementos, like ornaments

At Christmas time, San Sebastian turns into a fairytale land full of beautiful lights and magical Christmas markets. If you’re planning a trip to this northern Basque city around Christmastime, you can’t avoid the contagious holiday atmosphere that takes over the town in December. San Sebastian is known for the many local Christmas markets where […]

5 Great Spots to Try Vermouth in San Sebastian

Drinking vermouth in San Sebastian among friends

Waking up your appetite like a local with a marianito among friends is a must when in the Basque Country. Trying out this controversial drink may not be the first thing on your to-do list when traveling in Spain. After all, for many of us, the word “vermouth” brings back images of that old Martini […]