Pack Your Bags: Top Day Trips from San Sebastian

Not sure what there is to do in San Sebastian on Sundays? Take a day trip to a charming nearby town, like Biarritz!

This blog post was originally posted on June 12, 2018 and was updated on July 12, 2019. With rugged mountain landscapes and stunning sea views, it’s easy to fall in love with San Sebastian and the surrounding region. We might be biased, but we like to think San Sebastian—or the Basque Country in general—is one […]

Behind the Bite: Idiazabal Cheese

Idiazabal cheese with quince paste and walnuts is one of the typical Basque desserts.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. Drive from San Sebastian out to the idyllic Basque countryside beyond city limits, and suddenly you’ll find yourself in another world. As the landscape gets even more lush and green and the sounds of Spanish […]

How to Enjoy San Sebastian in August 2019

When it comes to festivals in San Sebastian, Semana Grande is a must!

This blog post was originally posted on July 6, 2018 and was updated on July 1, 2019. If you plan on coming to San Sebastian in August, good choice—you couldn’t have picked a better time of year to visit. Gorgeous weather: check. Beaches: check. Lots going on: check. Suffice it to say that if you […]

The Ultimate Day Trip to Pamplona from San Sebastian

Historic Plaza del Castillo is a must-visit on your day trip to Pamplona from San Sebastian.

If you’ve seen or heard anything about Pamplona, it probably has to do with the famous Sanfermines festival—but the Navarrese capital has much more going for it. We’re talking a lively restaurant and bar scene, a stunning medieval old town, breathtaking natural landscapes and more—all just an hour south of San Sebastian. A day trip […]

Where to Eat in San Sebastian’s Centro Neighborhood

Carrillera, or Iberian pork cheek, is one of our favorite dishes at La Fábrica.

It’s no secret that San Sebastian is a foodie paradise if there ever was one. Whether you’re splurging at one of the myriad Michelin restaurants in San Sebastian or rubbing elbows with the locals at your neighborhood pintxos bar, this is a city meant to be experienced through taste. And no neighborhood embodies the essence […]

Behind the Bite: Txakoli

What is txakoli? Come to Elkano, a family-run vineyard in Getaria, and learn all about this fascinating Basque wine.

This post is part of our Behind the Bite series: deep dives into the dishes that we can’t stop thinking about. No drink captures the essence of the Basque Country as perfectly as txakoli does. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spanish wine, txakoli (pronounced “cha-ko-LEE”) […]

Welcome Summer: What to Do in San Sebastian in June

Going to the beach is easily our favorite thing to do in San Sebastian in June.

Summer is here, and the sunny shores of San Sebastian are calling your name. We’re kind of obsessed with the fabulous weather and great vibes present throughout San Sebastian in June, so it probably comes as no surprise that it’s one of the best times of year to visit. Yes, a lot of other people […]

Behind the Bite: Basque Cider

Basque cider is a true social experience that goes far beyond the drink itself.

In the midst of the animated chatter that fills any Basque cider house during the high season, only one word truly matters: “¡Txotx!” That lone syllable—pronounced “choch”—is enough to empty every seat in the room as diners make their way to the massive barrels that hold the Basque Country’s single greatest alcoholic treasure. The interjection […]

Grocery Stores in San Sebastian: The Complete Foodie Guide

Grocery shopping in San Sebastian means skipping the big chain stores and heading to a locally owned gourmet shop to find the best quality products.

As the unofficial yet undisputed foodie capital of Europe, it’s no surprise that San Sebastian is home to every kind of grocery store under the sun. Yes, you could just pop into any chain supermarket and find whatever it is you need and then some. But where’s the fun in that? Throughout southern Europe, specialty grocery […]

Menús del Día in San Sebastian: 5 Great Lunch Specials

Here in San Sebastian—and throughout Spain, actually—we take the menú del día pretty seriously. We mean, what’s not to love about a delicious lunch that leaves you feeling comfortably full and barely makes a dent in your wallet? It’s one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to eat like a local here in the […]

Our Favorite Wine Tastings in San Sebastian

Northern Spain is home to some of the absolute best wine in the country—which makes chic San Sebastian an ideal spot for a wine tasting. You’ve got your crisp Basque txakolis, classic riojas, underrated gems from nearby Navarra—when it comes to wines to order in San Sebastian, you’re spoiled for choice. But why limit yourself […]

Spring Has Sprung: What to Do in San Sebastian in April 2020

If you're visiting San Sebastian in April, you're in luck. It's such a gorgeous time of year to enjoy the great views!

San Sebastian is gorgeous at any time of year, but there’s something special about the way the city brightens up in April. After a dreary, drizzly winter, spring is officially here, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s still a bit too chilly to enjoy the fabulous beaches in San Sebastian, but with temperatures reaching […]

Top 13 Festivals in San Sebastian You Won’t Want to Miss

When it comes to festivals in San Sebastian, Semana Grande is a must!

Anyone who knows anything about Spain knows that we’re always ready to party. And while Basque culture is quite different in many ways, the same rings true. As a result, there are so many great festivals taking place in San Sebastian throughout the year. If you’re looking to get immersed in Basque culture and celebrate […]

Euskal Jaiak: Why This Exciting Basque Festival Should Be On Your Radar

Euskal Jaiak is a week celebrating Basque traditions and culture. It's one of our favorite festivals in San Sebastian!

If you’re looking to experience the ultimate in Basque food, culture, sports and more all in one week, you won’t want to miss Euskal Jaiak. This weeklong event (the name of which translates to “Basque Festivities” in English) typically takes place at the beginning of September, not long after the epic Semana Grande celebrations in […]

What to Drink in San Sebastian: An Insider’s Guide

When learning Basque phrases, pronunciation is key. The tx, like in "txakoli," is pronounced like the "ch" sound in English.

When you’re in Spain, it might be tempting to eschew every other drink on the menu and just go for sangria. After all, that’s what Spain is famous for…right? Surprisingly, no! Drinks in Spain are widely varied (but you’ll rarely see locals sipping on sangria), and in the Basque Country, choices become even more diverse. […]