where to stay:
Hostel San Fermin: You could say that the Hostel San Fermin has the perfect venue, located in the old town of San Sebastián between two gorgeous beaches. A surfer’s European paradise, the hostel is swarming with visitors from around the world looking to take in the sun and surf. The interior decor of the hostel is sleek and modern, nothing too flashy as it is an affordable place for young travelers with private bathrooms, WiFi, a kitchen, and hot showers. Kind staff and a social atmosphere make this the perfect stay for the young backpacker crowd. Prices start at $27USD/pp a night. http://www.hostelsanfermin.com/
Villa Soro: A historic boutique retreat on the beaches of San Sebastián, Villa Soro offers travelers a bit of colonial history and luxury that was so quintessential during the city’s prime in the early 19th century. The masterfully restored mansion offers perfectly picturesque decor and is a quick car ride from old town, or take a complimentary bike to get around town. The delicious breakfast buffet will prepare you for a day in old town or down at the beach. Prices begin at $93USD/night for a single room. http://www.villasoro.es/en
where to eat:
La Mejillonera: A local spot for mussels, La Mejillonera is a great food staple in the city and place to grab a quick seafood pinxtos, the Basque version of tapas (appetizers). We recommend going before dinner and trying calamari or mussels with a beer. http://lamejillonera.es/
Bar Ibai: This quirky, cash only restaurant is a diamond in the rough, known by foodies as a place for some of the freshest seafood dishes in San Sebastián. The focus at Bar Ibai is truly on the food here, with only a few tables available within the restaurant. Dishes run more on the expensive side, but are well worth the price. Live Worldly recommends getting the hake cheeks in green salsa . Open lunch hours only, call ahead.
who to tour with:
Basque Tours: This private, guided tour operated based in northern Basque country is not only the top rated activity in San Sebastián but offers a luxe, one-of-a-kind view of the country. Basque Tours receives rave reviews for professional and knowledgeable guides, unique adventures, and well-organized experiences. We recommend taking the San Sebastián City + Pinxto Tour with a walk through the city and samplings at five of the most popular pinxto bars in San Sebastián. Price of the tour is $445 USD for two people. http://basquetours.com/sscitytourpintxo.html