Basque country's picturesque beach town best known as the gastronomical capital of Spain for its vast number of Michelin-starred restaurants and world famous pintxo bars.
San Sebastián (also referred to Donostia in the Basque language), is a culturally rich city in Northern Spain’s Basque Country. It’s a panoramic resort town blessed with an alluring coastline and is located a mere 12 miles southwest of the French border.
Living up to its international reputation for being one of the world’s greatest dining destinations, you can expect an unforgettable culinary adventure in many forms.
Whether you’re looking to dine at top Michelin-starred restaurants or hop around all the pintxo bars (Basque tapas) lining the city’s cobblestone streets. . . Imbibe in Riojas and Txakoli (the regional sparkling white wine) at a seaside cafe or pick up provisions at the local markets offering the best seasonal produce available. . .
San Sebastián’s gastronomical scene is nothing short of sensational.
Pato Anaranjado at Michelin-starred Arzak (photo: José lópez)
It embodies the spirit of its cultural roots, combined with world-class ingredients from the surrounding coast and countryside. The flavors of the region are only improved by the culinary creativity of the chefs that call it home.
Beyond the food, San Sebastián is a city filled with outstanding architecture, regal history, scenic lookouts, art museums, and many cultural festivals.
The pedestrian-friendly streets of Parte Vieja (old town) sits between three grand beaches attracting locals, tourists, and surfers alike.
WHAT TO PACK
San Sebastián is a walking city, so comfortable sneakers are a must. Dress for the dining experiences you have planned, formal clothing for Michelin meals, Casual, chic resort wear for pintxo bars. Aside from summer, an umbrella is always recommended.
Walking is the best way to get around, however there are buses, taxis and a bike rental systems throughout the city
Tipping: Not necessary, but if you are pleased with your service, 5% is good.
Language: Euskara (Basque) &
Spanish is also used.
Adheres to Spain's cultural norms (think midday siestas & late night dinners)
.There are two major international airports nearby San Sebastián, Bilbao Airport (BIO), located 62 miles west, or Biarritz Airport (BIQ) in France (30 miles east). If you are coming from another destination within Spain, San Sebastian Airport (EAS), is located about 12 miles away from the city center.
October is rainy season & the summer months are typically very warm in the mid 70's. Spring and Fall average in the high 50's .
WHEN TO GO
The best time to visit is from May to July. Although this is considered peak tourist season, it offers the best temperatures and least amount of rain.