Visiting Basque Cider House near San Sebastian was one of the most unique foodie experiences of my recent trip to Northern Spain. Booking a cider-tasting tour with a local guide is a travel plan that I can highly recommend to anyone heading to San Sebastian or The Basque Country.

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Visiting Basque Cider House near San Sebastian

Traveling to San Sebastian

One of the biggest discoveries of my recent trip to San Sebastian was a delicious homemade lunch & tour at the local Basque Cider House. While I have previously visited Northern Spain quite a few times, it was my first ever cider-tasting experience in the Basque Country.

You can check out my past trips in the region under the Basque Country hashtag.

Cider & The Basque Country

Cider is one of the most traditional drinks in the Basque Country. Locals call it sagardoa, where sagar stands for apple and ardoa means wine.

Through the Middle Ages, the Basque cider was often taken instead of water to prevent diseases or as a sailor´s drink rich in vitamin C. These days 90% of the Basque cider is produced in the area surrounding San Sebastian, so visiting Basque Cider House is an amazing San Sebastian day trip idea.

Currently, the popularity of cider in the Basque Country is growing and the drink itself has turned into an unmissable attribute of local festivities.

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My Tour with EatWith

If you plan to spend a few days in San Sebastian, visiting Basque Cider House is one of the most unique things to do in the Basque Country.

Eatwith is an ultimate platform for foodies, which offers dinners with locals, cooking classes & food tours around the world, while establishing connection between travelers and locals – you can read more here. Here´s the link to the unique Eatwith tour I was joining:

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Tastings at the Traditional Basque Cider House

Visiting Basque Cider House

Basque Cider House Tour

For visiting Basque Cider House a local guide picked our mini-group up in the city center of San Sebastian (which was so comfortable given the fact that we did not need to search for the place on our own).

During the tour, we walked around the apple orchards, the production areas, the original press, and the old cellar, while learning more about the traditional cider-making process in the Basque Country. Afterward, we got a chance to taste local cider with a few tapas.

Pouring cider into the glass straight from the barrel made us all feel so clumsy (and spill out, of course), but following this local tradition ( called “Txotx“) was so much fun.

While I have previously tried Spanish cider in Asturias and visited one of the biggest Basque cider houses, Petritegi, this family-owned cider house tour was an entirely different experience.

Firstly, since we were a group of 8, it all felt way more local & personal. Secondly, the tour ended up with a delicious home-made lunch (which has turned out as one of the highlights of my recent culinary experiences in the Basque Country). Thirdly, the Basque Cider House we visited was founded in 1563 (so it partially felt like a museum tour).

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The Basque Cider House Tour: The Original Press Used as a Cellar
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The Basque Cider House Tour: Cider Barrels
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Visiting Basque Cider House near San Sebastian

The Traditional Cider House Menu

After the tour and brief tastings, it was time to gather around a huge table to share the traditional Cider House Menu – one of the most delicious meals I have ever had in the Basque country.

It´s no secret that sharing food has been one of the most sacred bonding rituals around the world. In our case, we had people from 7 different countries raising and clinking the grasses together while saying “osasuna” (e.g. Cheers to health in Basque).

It is incredible how easily you can connect with strangers over a delicious meal. In our case, despite English being the main cultural bridge, the words of Basque, Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Russian we casually spoken out at the very same table.

The Traditional Cider House Menu included a cod omelet, a baked cod, a local steak, and Idiazabal sheep-milk cheese (with apple jelly & nuts) for dessert. Everyone felt so full by the moment those 3 huge Grilled T-bone steaks were brought to the table: the waiter cheered us up with the Spanish “ole” lol.

While the traditional Basque Cuisine is all about meat & fish, we had a few vegetarians at the table too (their plates looked so good as well).

You can check out more fun videos from my visit to this traditional Basque Cider House via this IG Highlight.

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Visiting Basque Cider House: The best cod omelet I´ve ever had
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Was great to meet @kimtastestheworld (who currently lives in Galicia)
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Baked cod – one of my favorites while Visiting Basque Cider House
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Visiting Basque Cider House – trying local meat
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Idiazabal cheese – one of the best local food souvenirs from Spain
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The vegetarian alternatives while visiting Basque Cider House

Other Foodie Experiences in San Sebastian

Being known as one of the world’s top dining destinations, San Sebastian is a great place to search for new culinary experiences in Spain.

Sharing food with locals is one of the best ways to make new friends and learn the culture first-hand. Here are a few other unique foodie tours to enjoy in San Sebastian:

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