This is a magical land, half French and half Spanish where they burst into song at the drop of a hat. The Basques are warm and friendly - half mountain people and half sea people. The scenery is fabulous and the food divine. Peta Mathias' mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences, far from the well-trodden tourist circuits and into the homes, restaurants and kitchens of people with real food soul. She samples everything, from the chic to the humble because variety is the spice of life! As usual the most difficult task has been to choose between all those delicious recipes, those tempting wines, those magical interiors, those overflowing markets. Someone's got to do it - why not you?
In San Sebastian, you will be staying at Hotel Astoria7. In St. Jean de Luz, you will be staying at La Devinière.
La Devinière was the house of writer François Rabelais, a symbol of French spirit, and above all a French "ideal of living." This is why the house was named so. You'll find La Devinière in a quiet pedestrian street leading to the main beach, in the heart of the old city. The rooms' terraces look out onto the garden and Saint-Jean-Baptiste church tower, which saw, on year 1660, the wedding of French King Louis XIV with the Spanish Infant, whose house is still today reflected by the port's seas.
You start your tour in the perfect gastronomic city of San Sebastian, where we spend 4 nights exploring, eating pintxos (the most sophisticated tapas) and drinking Rioja. You kick-off with a Ciderhouse welcome dinner, visit the Guggenheim, go on a pintxos tasting tour of the Old Town, visit the medieval town of Gaetaria, take a boat ride to the freshest seafood lunch you've ever eaten, and visit a txakoli vineyard for bubbles and lunch, to name but a few things.
On the morning of day 5 you head to the beautiful fishing town of St. Jean-de-Luz (about an hour away) where you spend the next 3 days eating yet more seafood, drinking Irouléguy and exploring the area. You will have a guided tour of the town and market, visit the famous village of Espelette, eat in starred restaurants and shop 'til you drop. St Jean is both enigmatic and welcoming with dramatic green mountains, white washed houses and fabulous beaches.
Boat ride to the freshest seafood lunch
Guided tour of St. Jean-de-Luz town and market
Pintxos tasting tour of the Old Town
Visit a txakoli vineyard for bubbles and lunch
Visit the famous village of Espelette
Visit the Guggenheim
Visit the medieval town of Gaetaria
San Sebastian has the most 3-star restaurants in the world and St. Jean-de-Luz is possibly the most beautiful seaside town in France. The Basque Country is a foodie's paradise. Come and experience it with Peta Mathias.