I've read here and elsewhere about the cider houses in the Basque country and was considering a visit during an upcoming trip to San Sebastian, especially since I love the cider itself. That said, I was looking for thoughts on a few questions:
First, are these houses an actual part of local culture or more tourist "spectacles." I don't want to skip a night of tapas in town to find myself in what is really a theme park attraction.
Second, any specific recommendations among the houses? Something that we could get to from San Sebastain on public transport or via a taxi would be ideal, but I could work things to cover this before returning a rental car.