We are embarking on a 8 day roadtrip beginning in Madrid July 16th and driving straight to San Sebastián for 3 nights, then onto Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle (France) where we will be staying at L'auberge Basque for 3 nights, and then down to Madrid for 2 nights.
Obviously there are endless options when it comes to exceptional pintxos in San Sebastián. On the long list so far is Casa Gandarias, La Cepa, Fuego Negro, La Cuchara de San Telmo, Zeruko, Bodegon Alejandro. Not sure at all if these are tourist driven places, which is what we would like to avoid. Tips on which places are not to miss and which ones to avoid would be great. Please feel free to add more to the list.
Is it worthwhile to stop in Hondarribia on the way to Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle? And if so where would you recommend grabbing a bite?
We will have dinner at the restaurant at L'auberge Basque one of the evenings we are there. We also plan on heading into St-Jean-de-Luz, Biarritz, and Espelette (or other towns you think are worthy of visiting) so any guidance on where to dine in those towns is appreciated.
Lastly, we would like to stop in Rioja either on the way from Madrid to San Sebastián or on the way back. Will a couple hours in Rioja be sufficient? Our way in will be a Monday and return will be on a Sunday (in case the wineries and local restaurants are closed on either day).
Thank you for your tips in advance! Will post a follow up once we're back.