Grab Your Pintxo

Private Tour Starting Price

Forget museums, textbooks, and culture lessons, one of the best ways to understand Basque culture is through its food. Join this San Sebastián tour to taste (and drink) your way through the Basque territories with a local guide and learn the most important facts about our culture and history.

Walking Food & Wine Tour of San Sebastián Highlights

  • Discover the beautiful city of San Sebastián through its unique food: Pintxos!
  • Learn about Basque history and local culture on this walking tour
  • Taste award-winning pintxos from a local bar in San Sebastián
  • Mingle with the locals as you nibble on these drool-worthy treats
  • Experience the culture and local life by walking around San Sebastián

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, three glasses of wine or local aperitif and six pintxos (local snacks), and a soft drink for passengers under 18 years of age.

Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, additional food and drink, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Meeting point: Under the arches of the gate near the Kaimingaintxo Plaza at the Marina. The gate is located at the junction of Mollaerdia, Puertu and Mari streets. View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 12.30 PM, 7.30 PM
  • Ending point: You are free to continue exploring on your own or your guide can provide information on how to get back to your hotel.
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  • Pinxtos: Spanish snacks popular in Basque country; more or less Basque tapas. Now we’ve got the definition out of the way, time to get our eating on! Journey through San Sebastián with a local guide on this culture and tapas tour and learn all about the culture of Basque country through its delicious flavors and experiencing the city first-hand.

    Our San Sebastián walking and food tour starts with a wander through the Old Town, absorbing the atmosphere, and learning the need-to-know about the culture and history of the city. It’s imperative that you know the background of what you’re about to experience; for instance, do you know what a sagardotegi or sociedad gastronomica is? Not to worry, your local guide tells you all you need to know, and more!

    Once you’re a master of Basque culture, it’s only appropriate that we dive right in and immerse you in the culture of bars, socialising, and pintxos! We take you out of the Old Town to the bars where locals not only enjoy their pintxos, but also relax and meet with friends. Taste some of the most important flavours of Basque cuisine (including some dishes prepared by pintxo competition winners!), as well as local wines. The pintxos we present to you are the best reflection of modern Basque gastronomy: They preserve the heritage of tastes and flavours of Basque cuisine while the presentation is like a modern piece of art (tasty, tasty art…).

    You finish this San Sebastián city tour full of knowledge with a taste of delicious pintxos. And always remember: Pintxos are not only something that you eat, but the culture of eating them is also a way of socialising and a way of life for the locals – so dig in!

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, three glasses of wine or local aperitif and six pintxos (local snacks), and a soft drink for passengers under 18 years of age.

    Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, additional food and drink, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point.  Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Additional Information: PLEASE NOTE: This tour is a culture + food tour. You will not receive a full meal, but will get to sample six snacks (pintoxs) throughout the tour. In addition to learning about Basque gastronomy and digging in to the pintxos, enjoy a walking tour of the city and get to know San Sebastián like a local — by walking and eating!

    Child Policy: Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this food and wine tour of San Sebastián.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: + 34 633 302 594
    Email address: [email protected]

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  • Mrs. Katrina S. from Australia travelled on 15 Jul 2017:

    Marta was an excellent and enthusiastic guide. She gave us many tips on understanding wine and food of the Badque area. Thankyou

    Mr. Joseph G. from USA travelled on 13 Jul 2017:

    Marta was extremely personable, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She did a phenomenal job and we would highly recommend her and the Company to friends and family.

    Mr. Andrew K. from Canada travelled on 19 Jun 2017:

    Marta was very friendly and knowledgeable about the Basque culture. There was only 4 people on the tour (including us), which was very nice. Food and drink selection was varied and very tasty.

    Mr. Sean O. from Canada travelled on 20 May 2017:

    What a great tour! Tomasz showed us not only the old part of town but as well the new part with a walk thru all the streets trying a tasty selection of Pintxos. Very informative and high quality pintxos and local wine/cider. I definitely recommend this tour for visitors to San Sebastian to understand more about the town, food and wines. Thanks for a fun evening in San Sebastian!

    Mrs. Hiromi O. from Japan travelled on 20 May 2017:

    Your guide was excellent

    Ms. Amy K. from Australia travelled on 14 May 2017:

    If you’re new to the pintxo culture of San Sebastian i would recommend taking this tour. Best to book it on your first night in San Sebastian as it really sets you up for the rest of your stay. Marta was an excellent guild to our group of four female travels, two friends and two solo travellers. After the first drink and pintxo we all felt very comfortable and had a fun night together. We ate some excellent hot pintxos which i would not have know excited without the tour. Some were very innovative. We also learnt about local wine production. I estimate that half the tour cost covers the the guide, if you’ve got the money i’d say it’s worth it as it gets you deeper into the culture right from the beginning. Also, Marta followed up with an email suggesting pintxos to try at other places and a list of the wines and pintxos tried on the tour.

    Mr. Paul T. from Canada travelled on 13 Apr 2017:

    Our guide was absolutely fantastic. We made fast friends that evening. Soo much fun.

    Mr. Geoff M. from United Kingdom travelled on 05 Oct 2016:

    Had a great evening, guided round San Sebastian’s Old Town by Maria, who was able to provide first hand knowledge of the area. Lots of information both cultural and historical. We walked from bar to bar sampling delicious pintxos and local wines and cider feeling ready to return the following evening to our favourites and others recommended.

    Ms. Leslie N. from USA travelled on 26 Sep 2016:

    Maria was an excellent host. I loved her energy and enthusiasm. She is a great storyteller and a lot of fun.

    Mr. Jason L. from Australia travelled on 20 Sep 2016:

    Really well paced and knowledgable tour!

    Mr. Michael L. from Germany travelled on 10 Sep 2016:

    Great job María has done. A lot of background information and very interesting talks and of course great food. Thanks again to María!!!!!

    Ms. Cecilia C. from Spain travelled on 22 Aug 2016:

    Excellent venues. Delicious pintxos. Great drinks.
    A wonderful evening exploring San Sebastian foodie scene!

    Ms. Rebecca S. from Canada travelled on 18 Aug 2016:

    This tour was fantastic. It was an excellent way to learn about and eat the best pintxos in San Sebastian! Also had great info about the Basque culture and history. Our tour guide Oihana was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!

    Ms. Sara M. from USA travelled on 06 Aug 2016:

    I had a great time on the Pintxo tour with Tomasz! We visited three pintxo bars and had two pintxos and one beverage at each. I really thought the choices were excellent – they were better than what I had been managing to pick on my own, and quite delicious and inventive. Tomasz really knew the food scene in San Sebastian! He was also very friendly and easy to talk to about his life in Pais Vasco. He gave us helpful pointers on how to order pintxos and choose a good place for them. His wife was actually due to deliver their first child the very next day, and I hope all went well! Thanks, Tomasz!

    Ms. Teri V. from USA travelled on 03 Aug 2016:

    Ohana was the wonderful guide for The Grab Your Pintxo tour which was an excellent introduction to Pintxo’s and to the food culture in San Sebastian. Ohana was a perfect guide for this tour, she was excellently prepared, friendly, and knew just what to order in terms of the house specialties. I would not have been able to experience the range and quality of Pintxo’s in San Sebastian in the same way with out Ohana’s experience. I highly recommend this tour for travelers new to San Sebastian and who want to appreciate a more local Pintxo experience.

    Ms. Veronica D. from Australia travelled on 02 Aug 2016:

    We were shown the very best pontxos bars and understood how I find the best ones from the information our enthusiastic and fun guide, Tomasz gave us. We also were shown the cultural highlights of the Old Quarter. If highly recommend this tour and to do early in your visit to San Sebastián so you can take advantage of the insider knowledge Tomasz gives you.

    Ms. Correne Q. from Australia travelled on 02 May 2016:

    We were the only ones on the tour which made it very intimate, during the tour we were shown a number of Pintxos we never tasted before. It was excellent to have a local perspective of where to go and what to try. Definitely hit up this tour, if you are limited by time as they bring you to the best places to try out local eats.

    Tamara M. from Australia travelled on 06 Mar 2016:

    I was travelling very late in the season in 2015 and only booked a day or so in advance. Via email Tomasz was very accommodating and arranged for Maria to be my guide, I was the only person on the tour. The food was amazing and we went to many different places. Maria also shared her stories about growing up in San Sebastian and we had lots of laughs. The evening was fantastic and is one of the highlights from my short trip to northern Spain. I highly, highly recommend doing this Urban Adventure.

    Ms. Laura M. from United Kingdom travelled on 29 Feb 2016:

    I had no idea what to expect of the pintxos scene in San Sebastian but couldn’t wait to explore it. Rather than diving in as a total rookie, we decided to take this tour, with Tomasz as our guide, which was fantastic; as someone who’s lived in the town for several years, he knows the scene very well and was able to recommend the best bars, and the best pintxos, along with lots of great info about pintxos etiquette, local life in San Seb, and many other topics that we discussed along the way! A great start to your gastronomic visit, as after that you can go back, armed with more knowledge, and discover it for yourself. Plus Tomasz is lovely, friendly and funny (and even got some of our terrible puns. Offal/Awful!).

    Matt S. from USA travelled on 21 Jan 2016:

    I signed up in the off season, and it was the only one in the tour. Thomasz was very knowledgable and even offer suggestions/information about the town not directly related tot he Pintxo crawl. Highly recommended.

    Mr. Robert P. from USA travelled on 15 Jul 2015:

    Tomasz was awesome and supper enthusiastic. You could tell he really had a love for San Sebastian’s food and people. Great tour with good food and drinks.

    Mr. Maria E. from Spain travelled on 21 Apr 2015:

    Amazing pintxos tour!!!!!
    It was a pleasure for me to enjoy the pintxos tour with Tomasz last night!!!!. He is very enthusiastic talking about the city , the inhabitants and their customs and in just three hours he is able to make you feel as a local !!!
    The variety and quality of the pintxos and drinks is fantastic as you have the opportunity to taste different flavors in different bars and places of the city.
    Tomasz is an excellent and friendly leader and I would recommend it to everyone because it is really worthy.
    Thank you Tomasz

    Mrs. Vasiliki L. from Greece travelled on 21 Sep 2013:

    Such a fantastic night! Amaia took us to the local pintxos bars and helped us taste delicious food and wine that we never would have discovered on our own. We also learnt so much about basque culture and history – it definitely gave us a new perspective on the city. Well worth it for a fantastic night out. Thank you!

    Mrs. Elisabeth M. from USA travelled on 26 Aug 2013:

    Amaya is an amazing guide. She is a wealth of knowledge and a great tour leader.

    Mrs. Ann H. from New Zealand travelled on 24 Aug 2013:

    Guide could not be faulte

    Mr. Warren H. from New Zealand travelled on 24 Aug 2013:

    Excellent and informative guide