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San Sebastian: Guided Food Tour with Pintxos Tasting

San Sebastian: Guided Food Tour with Pintxos Tasting


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Enjoy the flavours of San Sebastian with a fresh cut ham tasting, a selection of the city's favorite pintxos, and a good time trying to speak the local Basque language. This tour has everything!

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Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
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  • Savor samples of ham, olives, and Gilda at a variety of bars in the city
  • Discover Basque's ancient language and traditions alongside locals
  • Try some of the best pintxos, wine, and cider San Sebastian has to offer
  • Travel through time from the origin of La Gilda to the most modern pintxos
  • Meet new people as you dine and drink across San Sebastian like a native
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Take a guided tour through the old town of San Sebastián and see why it’s known for having some of the world’s best pintxos, the local word for small snacks. Witness the spectacle of pintxos being served in a selection of bars, each in their own special way alongside Spanish cider and wine.

Begin with a stroll through the market full of delectable local produce and stop for a ham tasting. Visit an olive shop to hear the history behind La Gilda, one of the oldest known pintxos, and meet a local vendor who is in the world’s top 4 olive oil shops.

Next, head to the old quarter and go bar-hopping like a Basque native. See some landmark buildings and learn about private cooking clubs as you make more stops to taste the most avant-garde pintxos, Rioja Wine, and natural apple cider.

Enjoy stories about Basque’s fascinating dishes, language, and heritage as you meet locals in the market and bars.

  • Ham tasting
  • Best gilda and olives tasting
  • 4 other pintxo dishes bigger than tapas
  • 4 glasses of Rioja wine, natural apple cider, water, or soda
  • Another some local food tasting such as peppers, mushroom or some seasonal veggie
  • You will have enough food to get satisfied.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips

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Meet your guide between McDonald's and Forum Sport store.

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  • This tour will take place rain or shine
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We had a great time with John. He had come highly recommended through our contacts at London Restaurant Festival, who used him on a tour to San Sebastián with a celebrity chef. Communication was excellent via WhatsApp and the meeting point so easy to find. We normally try to book a food tour on our first night but John was only able offer the following evening. This meant we revisited 2 places we had stopped by already. However this was not an issue, as in the first place we had something we would never had thought to order and the second (the most famous place to get cheesecake) he served in a way that changed the flavour and boosted the experience - the perfect way to finish the tour. The tour starts in the underground market for snacks, before moving to a few Pintxos bars to try various local delicacies. Some more challenging than others but our group was happy to try everything and it was all delicious. Food was paired with cider or wine and not a single bad dish.

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September 15, 2022

A Feast for the Palate! The Pintxos Tour and the tour of the San Sebastián market was excellent, pleasant and very entertaining. Jon captivated us with his interesting information and infected us with his joy and passion for Gastronomy. It was an extraordinary experience that I would repeat with great pleasure. Highly recommended. thanks jon

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September 12, 2022

I just finished my pintxos tour with Jon and to say that I had an enjoyable experience is an understatement. I was fortunate enough to be johns only guest for the evening so I had his undivided attention. We hit it off immediately, and after exchanging pleasantries we began our tour in the local market where he introduced me to the local meat selections and educated me about the region. After trying some delicious locally sourced olives and tapenade from a lovely couple we made our way through the streets of the old town where I was blown away with Jon’s selections and education on all things San Sebastián. Our evening ended with a visit to a world renowned cheese cake bar that conveniently was located right across the street from my flat. I made my first friend in San Sebastián with Jon during an experience that I won’t soon forget. This tour is a must for anyone visiting for the first time, and even for those more experienced visitors looking to expand their palette. Thank you Jon!

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August 10, 2022

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