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Our most recommended Basque Country Pub Crawls & Bar Tours

Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

1. Bilbao: Guided Pintxos Tour

Take a journey to mix with the locals. Take a tour through the bars of the old town of Bilbao with a local guide, who was born in Bilbao. This unique gastronomic experience is a must when visiting the Basque Country. Delve into the lifestyle and traditions of the inhabitants of Bilbao, explore the old part of the city and taste the most traditional pintxos.  Learn about the origin and development of the city by visiting four traditional places to taste typical pintxos, one of the specialties of the exquisite Basque cuisine. The pintxo is the Basque version of the Spanish tapa and is taken with a typical drink, usually wine or txakoli. They are delicious gourmet sandwiches that you can find everywhere.

Bilbao: The High End Food Walking Tour

2. Bilbao: The High End Food Walking Tour

Bilbao has evolved into a true gastronomic and architectural hotspot. It's a city with hundreds of bars, each with their own set of traditions and specialties. On this Bilbao food tour, one of our guides will accompany you, taking you to the unique places in town, away from the tourist traps. During our Bilbao Food Tour, you'll learn which pintxos (Basque tapas) to order in each location, how the Basques serve their dishes, and, of course, the most traditional plates and drinks. Your Bilbao food tour will be led by an expert culinary guide, allowing you to sample the best Basque cuisine. You will sample high-end Basque cuisine, including the number one pintxo, the gilda, the best cod, and the super tasty Cantabric crab, among many others. Your guide will also help you understand the origins and ingredients of each dish you try. We will recommend various local drinks to pair with your food in each location, ranging from red wine and Basque cider to Txakoli white wine and craft beers. If you prefer, you can always substitute non-alcoholic beverages for the drinks recommended in each bar. Bilbao is a very walkable city, and our Bilbao food tour will allow you to explore the city's hidden corners on foot. Depending on the day, the itinerary may include visits to the Old Town, markets, or the expansion's newer areas. We will stop in bars and cafés along the way as you learn about the city's history, culture, and customs.

San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

3. San Sebastián: Guided Food Walking Tour with Wine Tasting

Immerse yourself in Basque culture as you sample pintxos and light drinks around San Sebastián. Learn how to eat pintxos like a native as you tour some of the best local spots. A Basque Gastrodictionary Txikiteo: An approximate definition of ‘txikiteo’ could be: going from bar to bar, eating a pintxo and drinking a glass of something (the usual is a low-alcohol beverage, not cocktails!) in each. The txikiteo is done standing up, in front of the bar full of pintxos and surrounded by people you don't know (but that you could end up meeting.) And this is precisely what you’ll do with us: pure txikiteo, flying from bar to bar, tasting the most renowned specialty of each in a genuinely Basque environment and surrounded by locals that, y’know, you don't know...but that you could end up meeting. Pintxo: A piece of miniature cuisine that started off as something simple (a portion of potato omelette, a slice of ham on bread...) and that the bars of the Basque Country improved upon over time, making it more complex in order to attract more customers. The story is exciting and there are as many versions as there are historians. On our tour you’ll get to know some of them, as well as many other curiosities about the cult of the stomach that exists in the Basque Country. Drinking: This is the other great religion (along with Eating) in the Basque Country. Wine and cider have been favorite drinks of the Basque people for the last five centuries, although beer has been prevailing in recent years. Did you know that in the 16th century, Basque sailors hardly suffered scurvy on long sea voyages, thanks to the cider they drank? Txakoli: Typically Basque dry and sparkling white wine whose grapes are grown in vineyards near the Cantabrian Sea. It is ideal to accompany fish dishes...or pintxos. Nothing more to add. Cider: Low-alcohol beverage obtained from fermented apple juice. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, it has only one danger: it is drunk as easily as water. Zurito: Short drink of beer (about 20-25 cl.) Ideal to accompany pintxos. The term ‘zurito’ is exclusive to the Basque Country. If you go to Madrid and ask for a 'zurito' no one will understand you (unless the bartender is Basque, of course). San Sebastián Cheesecake: If God were a cake, He would be a San Sebastián Cheesecake. Did you know that San Sebastián Cheesecake is global cheesecake royalty, right up there with New York Cheesecake? Did you know that, as a result of this success, the Thermomix kitchen robot includes the recipe for 'San Sebastián Cheesecake' in its programs? Okay. Today you’ll taste the authentic, the mother of everything, the origin, the Big Bang.

San Sebastián: Basque Craft Beer & Food Walking Tour

4. San Sebastián: Basque Craft Beer & Food Walking Tour

For some years now, beer making has been a powerful trend in San Sebastián. Learn about the city’s beer culture as you taste 10 or more local craft beers paired with local food. Walk to local bars and discover the best-kept secrets of the beer-making process. Start the evening out at one of the most unique spaces in San Sebastián that combines a Basque bar, modern restaurant, and brewery. Taste three different homemade beers and visit the closed-to-public elaboration area to learn insider secrets behind beer making. Next, stroll down the streets of the relaxed surfing district, Gros, to reach the next stop: a small, family-run bar that has been open for over thirty years. This is the only place in San Sebastián where you can try the best local and imported artisan beers and lambics. Sample recommendations are carefully chosen by Gorka, beer freak and the family-run bar’s proud owner. Enjoy your drinks alongside hot pintxo. Then, head to the third bar on the agenda. Though this bar is a new addition to the city’s craft beer scene, the initiative behind it dates back to 2014 when a couple of American expats decided to challenge Basque breweries with their West Coast style pales and India pale ales (IPAs). Discover one of the most recognizable Spanish breweries in the European craft community that was founded by Americans. Taste three of their flagship beers including pale ale, session IPA, and IPA. Continue along Zurriola Beach to round out your evening at the “sea and wind” flavored bar that has around 150 beers on their menu including the owner’s own brews. Enjoy this simple, minimalistic space that’s always filled with a hip clientele. Finish your tour with tasting four carefully selected beers paired with local selections of cheese and ham, a 100% Basque beef burger, and chocolate.

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What people are saying about Basque Country

We were 2 groups of 8 people and meet at the end of the tour in the same bar. The price per person is relatively high, but the convenience of not having to arrange anything and pay is counter to this.

very nice tour in the old town

We were just a small group, it was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable - great pinchos