Hondarribia and gastronomic society day tour
Activities

Hondarribia and gastronomic society day tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 6 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the fishing port of Hondarribia and dive into the history of local sailors, pirates and explorers
  • Take a pleasant walk to the fortified part of Hondarribia
  • Participate in local culture – cook, eat, sing and laugh just as you were Basque for a day
What to expect

Go beyond the obvious and enjoy this delicious two-in-one experience that combines a cultural journey to the medieval times of fortified Hondarribia and the quintessence of the Basques’ affection for food – Gastronomic Society!

You will begin your journey in San Sebastian and drive through one of the most scenic roads along the Basque Coast, where the harsh landscape of Mount Jaizkibel cuts into the ocean.

First, you will stop in the fishing port of Hondarribia and dive into the history of local sailors, pirates and explorers to understand the intimate relationship between the Basques and the ocean. You’ll also immerse yourself in some of the oldest fishing traditions and find out what are our favorite seafood delicacies. You will continue towards the fishermen’s village called Marina, where the elderly congregate on benches along packed with bustling pintxo bars San Pedro Street. Colorful buildings located along this promenade used to be old fish markets and fishermen’s huts. There is no better place than Marina to stop for a drink – ‘topa’(cheers)!

From Marina, you will take a pleasant walk to the fortified part of Hondarribia that sets the stage for some of Basque Country’s most glorious battles. Its narrow streets, flowers draped from the balconies and medieval charm creates an extraordinary atmosphere and cultural context. You will also take time to discover a hidden collection of tapestries by Rubens in the castle of Emperor Charles V.

Hope you are hungry because it’s high time to head to shrouded in secrecy, Basque gastronomic society! ‘Txokos’ – as they're called in Euskara are not just places to cook and eat but most of all they play an enormously important part in the social life. You will be welcomed by a friend and an excellent chef – Fernando who, apparently fell into a clay pot with Basque fish stew ‘marmitako’ as a child and since then can’t live without cooking….and eating!

Fernando will prepare you for an authentic Basque dinner using the highest quality products from the local garden and fishing port you have visited earlier that day. Your plates will sequentially fill up with mouth-watering anchovies, Basque tomato salad with home-marinated tuna fish, baked monkfish and ‘pantxineta’ – vanilla custard, puff pastry and roast almond dessert! Gastronomic society is a unique opportunity to actively participate in local culture – cook, eat, sing and laugh just as you were Basque for a day! At the end of the evening, your private transport will take you back to the hotel.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • What's included
    • Professional local guide and driver
    • 4-course traditional Basque dinner
    • Cider, wine or beer, water
    • Transport
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    What's not included
    • Gratuities (optional)
    Reduced price
    • Child (0-9 years old): free
    • Youth (10-17 years old): reduced
    Where
    Meeting point:

    Hotel pick-up and drop-off

    During checkout, you'll be asked to provide the name and address of your hotel for pick-up

    What to remember
    • Minimum number of participants: 4
    • During checkout, you'll be asked to provide the name and address of your hotel for pickup
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    When
    • Daily at 10.00am and 5.00pm
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    Provider
    Ikusnahi Tours
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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