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Secrets of San Sebastian

Learn the secrets of Basque cuisine and culture through a market visit, local hidden gems and a delicious lunch at some of our favorite San Sebastian pintxos bars!

Light Breakfast & Lunch
Morning Tour
3 Hours
7 Food Stops
Expert Guide

What's Included

  • Tour the local market, meeting passionate vendors and trying their high-quality products
  • Visit a famous chocolate and churros joint that has been operating for more than 60 years
  • Sample San Sebastian’s wide range of pintxos on offer—from the most traditional ones to modern, gourmet favorites
  • Explore the beautiful old town of San Sebastian alongside an expert guide
  • Meet the proud families who cook, serve and love Spanish food in the bars they've been running for generations
  • Learn how to do pintxos like a local—from choosing an authentic pintxos bar to the unwritten rules of ordering and paying!

Foodie Highlights

  • Discover a unique gastronomic tradition that’s centuries old and still practiced in San Sebastian!
  • Hear the stories behind different Basque traditions—unlike anything else Spain!
  • Watch the city come to life as you learn how San Sebastian came to be what it is today
  • You'll Eat

    • Freshly cooked churros dipped in thick hot chocolate
    • Two styles of Spain's famous cured ham
    • Unique local cheeses from the Basque Country
    • Selection of local olives
    • Grilled prawn skewer drizzled with a tangy vegetable-based sauce
    • Freshly prepared and elaborated modern-style pintxos
    • A much-loved Basque pastry

    You'll Drink

    • Piping hot coffee
    • Local white wine called txakoli
    • Red wine from the famous Rioja wine region
    * Actual tastes may change depending on season or availability.
    This tour is adaptable for...
  • Vegetarians
  • Pescatarians
  • Gluten free (not celiacs)
  • Dairy free
  • Non-alcoholic options
  • Pregnant women
  • Dietary restrictions
    We love providing delicious options for those with dietary needs. If you have a dietary requirement or food allergy, please note it when booking. This tour is not recommended for vegans and, due to the risk of gluten cross-contamination, this tour is not recommended for those with celiac disease.

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    With beautiful beaches, Belle Epoque architecture studding the streets and world-class food around every corner, many people don’t know where to start when it comes to San Sebastian! Join us on our three-hour food and market tour to go beyond San Sebastian’s stunning surface. In fact, you’ll discover a side of San Sebastian few visitors get to see! Learn the secrets behind the city’s food, market tradition and pintxo culture while hearing stories of Basque traditions and history that will bring San Sebastian’s past to life.

    Kick things off with churros and chocolate breakfast at an iconic local favorite—it’s been in business since the 1950s, and they serve the best churros in town! You’ll then stroll around the Old Town where you’ll hear the stories behind San Sebastian’s fascinating history, bringing the very streets you’re walking on to life.

    Next up is a visit to a stunning local market to learn about Spain’s rich market tradition! Not only will you meet friendly local vendors who are passionate about their products, but you’ll also try delicious local bites, including acorn-fed Iberian ham and artisan cheese.

    In true Basque fashion, you’ll finish off with some delicious pintxos for lunch, visiting two well-loved pintxos bars in the historic center. To experience the full spectrum of San Sebastian’s pintxos scene, you’ll visit one traditional favorite, as well one with a more modern twist. In addition to tasting some of our favorite bites in San Sebastian, you’ll also learn the tips and tricks of doing pintxos like a local, all of which comes in handy during the rest of your stay!

    As with all Devour San Sebastian tours, you’ll receive our Devouring San Sebastian Guide! Packed with all our favorite places to eat, drink and shop, it’s the perfect guide to discover even more of the city!

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    About Our Expert Guides

    Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides. They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!

    Meet them here!

    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Across from the San Sebastian tourism office in the Alameda del Boulevard.
    Places we'll visit San Sebastian's historic center

    Explore San Sebastian's most famous historic squares and hidden alleyways in the old-town.

    Ending point Alameda del Boulevard (city center)
    Great question! A Devour San Sebastian food tour is a fun, fascinating and (most importantly!) delicious introduction to the majestic city of San Sebastian. Our food tours visit some of the city’s best traditional eateries, including tapas bars, local markets, taverns and shops, and hidden gems that few even know exist! You’ll taste some of San Sebastian's best local food, and gain fascinating insight into its age-old traditions. We keep our groups small and every tour is led by an English-speaking guide who knows San Sebastian like the back of their hand, and loves it to bits.
    You’ll visit 4 unique food tasting locations as well as 2 additional pintxo locations, trying a delicious assortment of local food including some of Spain’s best acorn-fed Iberian ham, the Basque Country’s most famous local cheeses, freshly cooked churros, homemade meat and seafood pintxos, and delicious local pastries. You’ll try at least 10 bites, enough for a light breakfast as well as satisfying lunch. And of course, at each pintxos bars you’ll pair your food with a delicious drink (Spanish wine, local cider or beer). All tastes are subject to change based on seasonality and our vendors’ holiday schedules, but we guarantee they’ll always be delicious! You’ll be led by a knowledgeable and fun English-speaking guide and San Sebastian expert. Between food tasting locations they will lead you through winding streets and grand squares, giving you a fun, interesting historic walking tour of the old city, as well as a tour of the local food market. Plus, when you book you’ll receive a link to our Devouring San Sebastian mini-guide, packed with recommendations so you’ll eat well before and after your tour! Our guests love this tour because it’s both a food tour and a walking tour – the perfect 2-in-1 to get your head (and your belly) around San Sebastian!
    The tour lasts approximately 3 hours (give or take 15 minutes). The tour covers approximately 1.8 kilometers (1 mile) and there is very limited seating (not guaranteed, due to the nature and size of the bars visited). Please note that it is traditional and authentic in San Sebastian pintxos bars to stand and eat at the bar, and most of the taverns we visit do not have tables or seating.
    Don’t worry, you won’t be part of a massive hoard following a guide with a flag or a flamenco fan! We keep our groups small and intimate, so the tour can squeeze into small, hidden places and you get personal time with your guide. The maximum number of guests on this tour is usually 8 people and we only require two guests to operate a tour.
    We want as many people to be able to enjoy our tours as possible. Scroll up the page a little to see what dietary restrictions this tour is adaptable for.
    Families love getting a true taste of San Sebastian together on this tour. The tastes are suited to kids and teens, and your guide will bring a fun worksheet full of games and puzzles for younger kids to complete during the tour. Non-alcoholic drink options will be offered in the pintxos bar, and we also offer child and teen pricing. We look forward to having your family along!
    The tour does not include transport to the meeting place, or from the ending point (ask your guide for guidance at the end of the tour if you’re not sure where you are).Also, please feel free to tip your guide if you think they did a great job! The standard gratuity in the tour industry is 10-15%.
    Also, keep in mind that tours take place rain or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain. Also, we recommend you wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking a few kilometres. Finally, while we do serve water on the tour at some stops, we recommend you bring a bottle of water.
    Of course! We regularly offer private tours to families, groups of friends and corporate groups. Email us your group size, the date you'd like the tour and anything else you'd like us to keep in mind, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.

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