A guide to get you started on your trip to San Sebastian. To download Stoke Maps view this page on your mobile device.
Once just a fishing village and now incredibly modern and popular, San Sebastian is a beachside city in the Basque Country. It’s famous for its surfing, its architecture, its nightlife and its food. The atmosphere during the day is chilled out with plenty of places to explore, beautiful beaches to visit and some of the best food in the world to enjoy. By night, the streets come to life with people outside the bars and clubs and you can spend the night drinking locally brewed cidra and eating pintxos, which is basically just a better version of tapas and San Sebastian’s bars have some of the best of it.
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A bar in San Sebastian’s Old Town famous for having some of the best pintxos in the Basque Country. It’s a small place and always packed. Ordering takes a bit of skill and patience – you’ll have to squeeze through everyone else trying to order and stand your ground but it’s worth it. Their braised veal cheeks with red wine have been called by some Stokies the best pintxos in San Sebastian.
Getting there: Just along Fermin Calbeton Kalea
Price: €3 for kalimotxo and €3 for the veal
Set right in front of Koruko Andre Mariaren Basilika (the old church in San Sebastian’s old town). Atari is another one known for its pintxos. They have a huge range of Basque goodness to enjoy including deserts and damn good coffee. During the day it has a chilled out, buzzy atmosphere and you’ll often find musicians playing on the steps of the basilika outside. At night the whole place lights up, the bar is backed and its overflowing customers cover the basilika’s steps.
Getting there: Make your way to Koruko Andre Mariaren Basilika and then turn around
Price: €2.50 for vino tinto & €4-€5 for pintxos and deserts.
DGC is a strange underground gin club and one of Stoke’s favourites. It has a small dance floor with all the best Spanish pop songs to dance to and a bar which, being a gin club, has some pretty great gin. If you look closely you’ll notice a patched up hole in the ceiling. This is the result of a Stoke tradition of running up the wall and kicking the ceiling, which eventually went too far. We bought them a cake and promised not to do it anymore though so we’re still welcomed with free shots of Jägermeister every time.
Getting there: Head to the door with the security guard outside on Enbeltran Kalea.
Price: €7 for a gin and tonic.
Best known for it’s two-for-one beers on Saturdays and it’s artistic pintxos presentation. Mendaur is a bright, shiny white bar with a more modern feel than others in the area. Previously more of a party bar perfect for a sloppy night out, now Mendaur is more on the classy side, which at first upset us but the food is really good so we’re cool with it now. We definitely recommend the calamari wrap.
Getting there: Along Fermin Calbeton Kalea.
Price: €3.50 for pintxos
For more to do around the Basque Country, check out our surf camp located in the mountains surrounding San Sebastian
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