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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