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A good chunk of San Sebastian's international foodie fame is credited to its pintxo, so you'll want to put aside some time to explore the city's pintxos bars either on your own or with an organized group. Pintxos (pronounced "peen-chos") are essentially the Basque version of tapas, with a few key differences. Traditional pintxos consist of slices of baguette bread topped with any kind of food, held in place with a toothpick. Another difference lies in presentation. While most other places in Spain serve patrons a plate of tapas with the order of a drink, pintxos are laid out in bulk on the bar, allowing diners to pick what they want.

Pintxos in San Sebastian have significantly evolved over time and bars don't always adhere to the traditional bread or skewer base when serving them. Zeruko chooses to put the contents of its txitxarro dish (chopped fish, sheep's milk cheese and mint) on top of a strawberry wafer. Another popular spot, La Cuchara de San Telmo, also forgoes tradition by not having its pintxos lined out on the bar. Here you can order bits of suckling Segovian pig or veal cheek (a traveler favorite). If you're more interested in sticking to the classics, head to Ganbara, which features gilda, txistorra (cured Basque sausage piled on bread) and savory spider crab tartlets (a San Sebastian specialty).

You can find pintxos bars all over San Sebastian (there are more than 200 establishments), but travelers say Parte Vieja is the best place to start your culinary tour, thanks to the neighborhood's large concentration of pintxos bars. If you'd rather navigate the vast world of San Sebastian's pinxtos with a local by your side, consider taking part in an organized pintxos food tour. Viator, Intrepid Urban Adventures and San Sebastian Pintxos Tours all offer pinxtos tours with both drinks and pinxtos included in the price.

For more information on pintxos and where go to in San Sebastian, visit the San Sebastian tourism board's website.

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#1 Parte Vieja Parte Vieja, also known as the Old Town, is the heart of San Sebastian. Despite its name, it's actually not the oldest part of the city (that honor belongs ... Read more » ibsky / Getty Images

#2 Pintxos Food Tours A good chunk of San Sebastian's international foodie fame is credited to its pintxo, so you'll want to put aside some time to explore the city's pintxos ... Read more » Scott R Larsen / Getty Images

#3 La Concha Beach You wouldn't be able to miss this attraction even if you tried. La Concha Beach (named after its seashell shape) is located a stone's throw away from Parte ... Read more » PocholoCalapre / Getty Images

#4 Monte Igueldo Located on the western end of La Concha Bay, Monte Igueldo is a hit with travelers for its arresting vistas and attractions at the summit (just a few reasons why ... Read more » tichr / Getty Images

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#7 San Sebastian Aquarium If you've got kids in tow, then a visit to the San Sebastian Aquarium should be at the top of your list. That's because the aquarium, appropriately located ... Read more » Courtesy of the San Sebastian Tourism & Convention Bureau

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Parte Vieja is loved by tourists and locals for its attractive architecture, fun atmosphere and plethora of pintxo bars. Travelers and experts say is the best place to go pintxo bar hopping. ibsky / Getty Images

Pintxos, or Basque tapas, were developed in San Sebastian. Unlike Spanish tapas, which are given to patrons after they order a drink, pintxos are displayed on the bar, allowing diners to pick and choose what they want. Locals like to order one or two pintxos at the bar then hop over to the next establishment during nights out.   Scott R Larsen / Getty Images

Arguably San Sebastian's most popular beach, La Concha sits a few blocks west of Parte Vieja and is a gateway to numerous top attractions, including Monte Urgull. PocholoCalapre / Getty Images

Travelers say the views of San Sebastian from atop Monte Igueldo trump what can be seen from atop Monte Urgull. Take the funicular up the hill and you'll find breathtaking lookout points as well as an amusement park.  tichr / Getty Images

Located at the base of Parte Vieja and just a stone's throw from La Concha Beach, Monte Urgull affords incredible views of San Sebastian, including Playa Zurriola, from the top of its peak. Kaisa M?nnik / Getty Images

Zurriola Beach (Playa Zurriola) can be seen from atop Monte Urgull on the other side of the Urumea River in Gros. It is a popular spot for surfing, hosting local, national and international competitions yearly.  OnickzArtworks / Getty Images

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