Behind the Bite: Basque Cider

Basque cider is a true social experience that goes far beyond the drink itself.

In the midst of the animated chatter that fills any Basque cider house during the high season, only one word truly matters: “¡Txotx!” That lone syllable—pronounced “choch”—is enough to empty every seat in the room as diners make their way to the massive barrels that hold the Basque Country’s single greatest alcoholic treasure. The interjection […]

What to Drink in San Sebastian: An Insider’s Guide

When learning Basque phrases, pronunciation is key. The tx, like in "txakoli," is pronounced like the "ch" sound in English.

When you’re in Spain, it might be tempting to eschew every other drink on the menu and just go for sangria. After all, that’s what Spain is famous for…right? Surprisingly, no! Drinks in Spain are widely varied (but you’ll rarely see locals sipping on sangria), and in the Basque Country, choices become even more diverse. […]

Start 2019 Off Right: What to Do in San Sebastian in January

One of the most fun festivals in San Sebastian is the feast day of St. Sebastian himself, which consists of a nonstop drum parade!

The new year has arrived, and in most places, that means it’s time to settle back into everyday life after the holidays. But not in San Sebastian! In a city famous for its unique blend of Spanish and Basque cultural celebrations, it should come as no surprise that the fun continues straight through the start […]

Winter Wonderland: Visiting San Sebastian in December 2018

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 1, 2018. 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 […]

How to Eat Like a Local in San Sebastian: 6 Insider Tips

End your day trip to Pamplona from San Sebastian with plenty of pintxos and local wine.

As home to one of the world’s best gastronomic scenes, San Sebastian’s culture revolves largely around food. This beautiful beachside city is foodie heaven. From classic pintxos bars to Michelin-starred locales, the city itself is a true feast. To get the full experience, you definitely have to try to eat like a local in San […]

San Sebastian Gift Guide: 5 Foodie Gifts Everyone Will Love

Basque cider is one of the region's most beloved drinks for good reason.

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 […]

San Sebastian in Winter: Weather, Festivals, Food and More!

Forget Santa Claus - you'll be seeing a lot of Olentzero in San Sebastian in winter! He and his wife Mari Domingi visit the children on December 24, one of our favorite festivals in San Sebastian.

From cozy comfort food to fun-filled Basque holiday traditions, a visit to San Sebastian in winter is full of pleasant surprises. While many residents of southern and central Spain flock to San Sebastian in the summer to escape the infernal heat, we here at Devour San Sebastian think it’s the perfect place to spend the […]

Osasuna! Check Out Our Tips On Where To Drink in San Sebastian

Cheers to delicious Basque Cider! When planning out where to drink in San Sebastian, you must include a sidrería (or cider house)

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing drink to round off your evening. If you’re unsure where to drink in San Sebastian, check out our expert neighborhood guide. San Sebastian comes to life at night as people flood the streets to enjoy a social drink. When you’re visiting the city, you can’t miss the opportunity to mix with […]

Txotx! Discovering Basque Cider Houses in San Sebastian

San Sebastian tapas tours and food tours.

If you are a foodie heading to San Sebastian, there’s one tradition you need to know about: the Basque Cider House. Called sagardotegi in Basque, these temples to great food and drink are open from late January to the beginning of May. Visiting the cider houses in San Sebastian is one of the best ways to witness […]