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San Sebastián, Pays Basque (Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Espelette, Hondarrabia) Suggestions

Thank you for the tip Luna, sounds and looks fantastic. Hope to eat there while in Biarritz for the day!

Jul 15, 2012
golgourmand in Spain/Portugal

San Sebastián, Pays Basque (Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Espelette, Hondarrabia) Suggestions

Thanks Hoc, Cuchara and Zeruko are on the definite list. Leaving tomorrow morning, can't wait to try it all and post a follow up :)

Jul 15, 2012
golgourmand in Spain/Portugal

San Sebastián, Pays Basque (Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Espelette, Hondarrabia) Suggestions

Thank you for your tips. Bar Astelehana has been coming up and looks fantastic, will definitely check it out. I've also heard that the croquettas at Casa Senra are the best in town. Will definitely be in Gros and will stop in.

I think I've concluded that we should try as many places as possible and while inevitably there may be some misses, and in that event we'll move on to the next place!

Thanks again :)

Jul 10, 2012
golgourmand in France

San Sebastián, Pays Basque (Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Espelette, Hondarrabia) Suggestions

Feeling more and more pressure to go to Etxebarri as you're the 68957th person who has recommended it. As of yet we're focused on tackling all the pintxos San Sebastian has to offer in the less than 3 days that we'll be there. If the case to try one of the Gastronomic restaurants wins it will certainly be Etxebarri at lunch.

Jul 09, 2012
golgourmand in France

San Sebastián, Pays Basque (Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Espelette, Hondarrabia) Suggestions

Thanks for your detailed reply! We chose Auberge Basque mainly because it appears to be be a beautiful property and centrally located so that we can drive to neighboring towns. Booking last week was also a factor due to lack of availability during peak Summer. Will certainly drive into St. Jean Pied de Port. Arrambides and Olhabidea are now on our list.

Ciboure seems to be where we'll go while in St. Jean de Luz. Not really dead set on going to Biarritz but since we'll be close we might stop in if there's time.

Hotel Londres y de Inglaterre was sold out for our dates (booked last week) as was Villa Soro and other top picks. We'll be staying at Astoria7. I absolutely agree that with the selection of pintxos bars to hop around at, we won't be lacking in fantastic food. That combined with limited time in the city, we will probably not make it to the gastronomic/michelin restaurants on this trip. "A moveable Feast," that's perfect!

Thanks again and will surely post a follow up.

Jul 09, 2012
golgourmand in France

San Sebastián, Pays Basque (Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Espelette, Hondarrabia) Suggestions

We are embarking on a 8 day roadtrip beginning in Madrid July 16th and driving straight to San Sebastián for 3 nights, then onto Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle (France) where we will be staying at L'auberge Basque for 3 nights, and then down to Madrid for 2 nights.

Obviously there are endless options when it comes to exceptional pintxos in San Sebastián. On the long list so far is Casa Gandarias, La Cepa, Fuego Negro, La Cuchara de San Telmo, Zeruko, Bodegon Alejandro. Not sure at all if these are tourist driven places, which is what we would like to avoid. Tips on which places are not to miss and which ones to avoid would be great. Please feel free to add more to the list.

Is it worthwhile to stop in Hondarribia on the way to Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle? And if so where would you recommend grabbing a bite?
We will have dinner at the restaurant at L'auberge Basque one of the evenings we are there. We also plan on heading into St-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz, and Espelette (or other towns you think are worthy of visiting, Sare perhaps?) so any guidance on where to dine in those towns is appreciated.

Thank you for your tips in advance! Will post a follow up once we're back.

Jul 08, 2012
golgourmand in France

San Sebastián, Pays Basque (Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Espelette, Hondarrabia) Suggestions

We are embarking on a 8 day roadtrip beginning in Madrid July 16th and driving straight to San Sebastián for 3 nights, then onto Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle (France) where we will be staying at L'auberge Basque for 3 nights, and then down to Madrid for 2 nights.

Obviously there are endless options when it comes to exceptional pintxos in San Sebastián. On the long list so far is Casa Gandarias, La Cepa, Fuego Negro, La Cuchara de San Telmo, Zeruko, Bodegon Alejandro. Not sure at all if these are tourist driven places, which is what we would like to avoid. Tips on which places are not to miss and which ones to avoid would be great. Please feel free to add more to the list.

Is it worthwhile to stop in Hondarribia on the way to Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle? And if so where would you recommend grabbing a bite?
We will have dinner at the restaurant at L'auberge Basque one of the evenings we are there. We also plan on heading into St-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz, and Espelette (or other towns you think are worthy of visiting) so any guidance on where to dine in those towns is appreciated.

Lastly, we would like to stop in Rioja either on the way from Madrid to San Sebastián or on the way back. Will a couple hours in Rioja be sufficient? Our way in will be a Monday and return will be on a Sunday (in case the wineries and local restaurants are closed on either day).

Thank you for your tips in advance! Will post a follow up once we're back.

Jul 08, 2012
golgourmand in Spain/Portugal