Whether you are going to stop here for the day or spend your entire vacation in San Sebastian, Spain (Donostia), let us give you an insight into this unique region and culture during one of our tours.
In Donostia/San Sebastian, much like in the rest of the Iberian peninsula, things follow a certain time line. If you get off that time line or are not aware of it, it can make your visit here less enjoyable. On all our tours, we ensure to get you on the time line and explain to you the why´s and the how to´s. From the markets that close at 14:00 and the Pintxos done before lunch, to the retail closing between 1 and 4 pm and the restaurants opening back up in the late afternoon early evening, everything here is done at certain times for certain reasons.
Our City Sightseeing walking tour and our Pintxos / Tapas food tour, given in English by an expat, will help you experience and understand the differences between the uniqueness of Basque region and the rest of Spain while at the same time touching the history, sights and flavors of this beautiful city by the sea.
You can combine the City Sightseeing Tour with the Pintxo Tour for a great head start on San Sebastian and almost be a local within your first day here. To enjoy this full experience, click on Combo Tour!!!
Follow steps below for booking.
Enjoy both of our famous walking tours for one low price
We will start with a quick history of the Basque people, culture and language and show you why you are not in Spain, but in the Basque Country. We will then set off on our leisurely paced walk through the city exploring the 2 largest markets in San Sebastian as well as the beach area, Paseo, port and Old Town as we point out some of the local landmarks. We will show you many other things that you will find very interesting and possibly helpful for the remainder of your stay here.
Once we have worked up our thirst and appetite, we will move into the 2nd part of the tour. The second part is all about Food and Drinks (non-alcohol drinks are available as well). To come to this Shangri-La of food and not know where or how to do the Pintxo crawl, would be a shame. We help you navigate through what some say, are more bars than in the entire country of Norway.
We will start out at 12:30, contrary to popular belief, this is the traditional pintxo time for locals. We become your flavor guide and provide 5 traditional Pintxos at up to 5 different pintxo bars and pair those with a local wine or cider. This town is famous for Michelin Star restaurants and Pintxos, for the pintxo bars you really need someone on the inside who knows what to order and at what bar on that specific day, because it changes throughout the year, month by month.
We have spent many exploring the pintxo bars with family and friends, and have come up with a variety different pintxos that people from outside of the Basque Country should enjoy. We take you to the best traditional bars and order their house specialty and then we pair those with a local wine or cider. While we are walking from bar to bar, we will also show you the more cutting edge/modern pintxo bars and tell you what they offer. It is more about exploring the different flavors that come from combinations of ingredients that most people think would not work together, or breaking stereotypes of flavors (not all anchovies are salty for example). This is giving you many years of experience in 2 hours to set you up for a GREAT trip.
People, especially visitors, sometimes have a hard time with the pintxos, and will feel intimidated about ordering because it can be very chaotic and they will only get what they can recognize. So, they come here for 2 or 3 days and leave saying "I don't know what all the fuss is about the food in San Sebastian" when all they have eaten is boiled eggs or chicken wings and drank sangria or beer (not typical here and only on the bar for tourist). That’s why we help them get outside of their box. We do not force you to eat them, and of course we don't do anything over the top, (this is not an episode of Crazy foods), its more about the combinations of flavors.
This is all included in the price, we pay for the pintxos and drinks, all you do is enjoy and learn how to do it, so that after we are done you feel more comfortable getting around the Old Town and exploring the Pintxo bars yourself. You will be many steps ahead of the other tourist here if you decide to do your own Pintxo Crawl.
To make your tour reservation, simply click the "BOOK IT" at the bottom of this page.
This will take you to Paypal and from there, you put in your credit card info or if you have a Paypal account you can pay through that. It will charge only 50% of the total to hold your reservation. The remainder of the fee is collected at the end of the Tour.
We do not have the ability to accept Credit Cards while on the street, so cash will be required, but ATMs are available everywhere.
You will receive a receipt from Paypal, this lets you know everything has gone through ok.
The meeting location will be listed on your confirmation email. Please be on time as other people may be on the tour as well.
This is the City where Kings, Queens, Dictators and Nobles from Spain and other parts of Europe spent and still spend their summers! With its unique diversity and lay out, San Sebastian has much to offer. It really depends on your interests! From the proper way to eat pintxos (tapas), modern art works, the aquarium, seeing the various styles of architecture to just relaxing on the beach or the great night life, it is all right here!!
We will get you going in the right direction with a good understanding of the Basque people, language, culture and food and give you other ideas for YOU to decide what interests you and how to get there and enjoy this “Paris” of the South. We want to deliver the best quality experience to all our guests. We keep the number of guests in a group small, so that YOU feel like a visiting friend and not a sheep in the heard. Our minimum size group is 1 and we do not like to get more than 10 (unless there are 10 or more in your party, then email for for more information).
We keep our groups small, so it almost feels like a private tour (normally under 8 people). If you would like a private tour or have a larger group, please contact us for pricing and availability.
Keith is an Expat, that now lives here in San Sebastian, so he has been a visitor here for years, and he knows what information a visitor can use. It is best done on the first morning that you are here. Our phone number is a US number, so please call before 2 pm EST as we are 6 hrs ahead!
To make your tour reservation, simply click on the tour that you are interested in, then click the "BOOK IT". Once there, find the date that works for you and click to add "NEW RESERVATION". Fill in the form, pay your 50% deposit and this will hold your place until you arrive (THE REMAINDER WILL BE COLLECTED AT THE END OF THE TOUR).
You can make a reservation from 1 day up to 1 year in advance!
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