Give the gift of San Sebastian this holiday season!
We might be biased, but San Sebastian is one of the most unique cities in Spain. Never is that more obvious than during the holiday season. Unfortunately, all vacations must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your unforgettable memories with your loved ones! This San Sebastian gift guide will help you find the perfect delicious memento for everyone on your list.
Perfect for the wine lover on your list, txakoli (cha-ko-lee) is a white semi-sparkling wine produced exclusively in the Basque Country. It’s hard to find anywhere else, which makes it a one-of-a-kind addition to our San Sebastian gift guide. Luckily, here in San Sebastian, you can find it just about everywhere—from grocery stores to gourmet specialty shops. One high quality brand to look out for is Txomin Etxaniz.
2. Idiazabal cheese
Spain loves its cheeses, and San Sebastian is home to some of the best on the peninsula. Idiazabal cheese is aged to perfection for several months and takes on a delicious nutty, buttery flavor. It’s the perfect addition to any cheese plate and to our San Sebastian gift guide!
Northern Spain produces some of the best cider in the world, and no place does it quite like the Basque Country. All throughout San Sebastian, locals pack into cider houses to drink the region’s most famous alcohol with good friends. Bring the spirit of a San Sebastian cider house home with a bottle of high quality local cider—and be sure to show your friends how to pour it the traditional way!
You’ve heard of chorizo, now try its Basque cousin! Txistorra is a local sausage similar to the more popular chorizo, but with a bit of a kick. You can find it all over town on December 21 for St. Thomas’ Day, but be sure to pick some up for the foodie in your life back home! It pairs great with some crisp local cider and idiazabal cheese.
Add some heat to your next cooking adventure! Guindillas, also known as piparras, are the Basque Country’s answer to chili peppers. Although they’re more on the mild side, they still give a spicy-sweet kick to any dish.
If you’re anything like us, you probably keep lots of fellow foodies and travelers in your circle—and they’re all likely drooling over the pictures you’ve been posting of your trip to San Sebastian. Share the love and give them a Devour Tours gift certificate so they can experience Europe’s top gastro destination for themselves (and leave you living vicariously through their Instagram snapshots—it’s only fair).
Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.