Hondarribi Town and Basque Sports Tour

    • 6 hours
    • ESUD
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $138
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What makes a place unique? Is it their food? Maybe their language? What about their local sport? Well, on this Basque tour, you’ll learn that it’s all three! Visit the undiscovered, yet picturesque city Hondarribia (but shhhh, don’t let the secret out!), and immerse yourself in the local life and sports culture. Experience the atmosphere of the “fronton”, where you’ll bet with locals on the best team of the Jai-Alai match, and learn to play this local sport from lessons with professionals. Finish the day with a little Basque food tasting, and we bet you’ll never want to leave. 

Highlights

* Explore the picturesque city of Hondarribia and learn about its unique popular culture

* Learn to play one of the quickest sports in the world – the ball moves at 300 km/h!

* Savour the diverse and famous local tastes of Basque cuisine

* Experience the atmosphere of a “fronton” and cheer with locals for the best team of the game

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Gipuzkoa Plaza, in the centre of the square, next to the sundial.
  • Finish:

    Gipuzkoa Plaza, in the centre of the square, next to the sundial.
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
 
  • Inclusions:

    Local English-speaking guide, return transportation between San Sebastian and Hondarribi, Jai-Alai game lesson with professional players, entrance to the Jai-Alai match, all local food tastings. 
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature and tips and gratuities for the guide.

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Confirmation of booking

Please contact San Sebastian Urban Adventures to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.

Dress standard

Comfortable shoes and clothes.

Child policy

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.  Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Language

English

Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

Itinerary

We’ll start the day in San Sebastian, where we’ll catch the local bus to Honadrribi, a fantastic Basque city. Once there, we will walk and discover the beautiful streets and walls of this border town, visiting the castle of the Emperor Charles V and listening about the tough history that the inhabitants of the town have weathered.
We’ll continue along our Basque tour and head to the fronton Jostaldi, where professional Jai-Alai players will teach us how to play this Basque sport, showing us how to use the baskets and the balls, in an attempt to play just like them. In professional games, the ball can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h…are you ready for a quick game?!
Once you’ve gained a new appreciation for this crazy fun local sport, we’ll swap places and watch our instructors compete in a Jai-Alai. The atmosphere inside the fronton is something to be experienced, where betting is part of the culture of the game. After the excitement of the game, we’ll wind down at the fishermen’s district and experience the evening “poteo”, which means meeting in bars with locals. During poteo, you’ll enjoy a tasting of some typical Basque foods (like pintxos), some incredible paella cooked by a champion, and try the refreshing white wine of the region called txakoli.
After our exciting experience of Basque culture, sport, and food, we’ll catch the bus back to San Sebastian (unless somebody has been charmed so much with Hondarribi that wants to stay for longer…).

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