This small fishing village on the Spanish border is home to the best pintxos in the entire Basque region. For a more folklorico excursion, take the boat to Hendaye, which drops you off right at the port.
Elbow your way up to any bar in the bustling streets of this small pueblo, and share small dishes of chipirones or jamòn Bellota, washed down with a glass of Rioja. Each institution has its specialty, often derived from secret family recipes.
The atmosphere in San Sebastian's Casco Viejo district is always festive. The best strategy: visit the old town in the afternoon, including the full length of the pier and the Museo de San Telmo, and then hit the tapas bars.