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-We will do as the Basques do! A bar hopping tour of the old part of Bilbao with a local born and raised in Bilbao. This unique gastronomic experience is an absolute must when visiting the Basque Country!

-A pintxo is the Basque version of the Spanish tapa accompanied with typical drink (usually wine or a small beer!). The Basque people demonstrate their love of gastronomy with these tasty little gourmet bar snacks that are found throughout the city.

-The pintxos can be very elaborate or quite simple, and there is something for every taste! We will also be sampling some great wines along the way!

-We know the best bars in the city! There are many mentioned online, but you are sure to experience some of the best lesser known local establishments on a Bilbao pintxo tour! We know the best pintxos to order in each bar!

-We will also take you on a private guided tour of the Casco Viejo or Old Part of Bilbao which dates back to the 1300s.

-In between stops at the bars we will point out sites such as the Santiago Cathedral, San Anton Church, the Ribera Market, etc...

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The Best of Basque
Learn all about traditional pintxos (the Basque version of Spanish tapas) on a guided walking tour of Bilbao's bars. At each stop, sample one or two of these delightful little bar snacks accompanied with a glass of wine, beer, or hard cider. Get an insider's perspective of the ancient part of the city that dates back to 1300. Consider booking this tour at the beginning of your Bilbao vacation so you can return to your favorite hotspots for more pintxo sampling.
  • Guided tour of Bilbao’s bars is a great introduction to pintxos, Basque tapas

  • Sample one or two bar snacks and enjoy a glass of wine or beer at each bar

  • Your guide shares the history of the old part of Bilbao, dating back to 1300

  • Get an insider’s perspective of Bilbao’s culinary scene and nightlife

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All reviewshighlight of our tripold townmy wife and idishespintxosumbrellascafesenjoymentknowledgezack
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Pintxos Perfection

What an amazing night we had bar-hopping in the old town of Bilbao with a true Basque local in Irene. Terrific tasty food and delicious beverages including local Basque wine, cider and beer. All delivered with local history, stories and anecdotes. We had a ball...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Authentic and personal

I called Zach shortly after landing in Bilbao and he picked up right away. I asked for an evening food tour the same day (was only in town for one night) and he had me meet Irene in Casco Viejo (old town). The tour was...More

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Zachary S, Owner at The Best of Basque, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jason, Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Irene and I greatly appreciate it! Thanks again and glad you enjoyed your time with Irene! Regards, Zach

Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile
Great way to tour the city

What better way to tour the city than to take a private tour on foot with a local. I met up with Irene at Arriaga Theatre, and she took me on a 3.5 hour walking tour on both sides of the Ria del Nervion O...More

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Zachary S, Owner at The Best of Basque, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

Hola John, Thanks for the nice review! I am so happy you enjoyed my city and our pintxos! Thanks again! Irene

Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

What a magic experience. Irene and Zac are wonderful people and are so passionate about Basque food, wine and culture. The food was amazing. A highlight of our trip! Eskerrik Asko!!!!

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Zachary S, Owner at The Best of Basque, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2018

Hola Courtney! You and your Dad were a blast to hang out with the other night. Irene and really enjoyed meeting you and showing you around. Always fun to be with people so enthusiastic about food. Thanks so much for the review! Take care. Zach

Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile
The highlight of our trip!!!!

What a gem of a tour!! I absolutely loved Irene and Bilbao! The food and wine tour was so much fun and it was like we were hanging out with a friend while she took us to all the hot spots. Irene was so amazing...More

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Zachary S, Owner at The Best of Basque, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Muchas gracias!!! So nice to meet you as well! Thank you for the review. Happy that you liked my city and the pintxos! Irene

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For our tour, there were only 2 of us. So it's a private tour.
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