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Dec 7, 2013 10:56 AM

Cider Houses Near San Seb in December?

I've got some friends who will be in San Seb for a week just before Christmas. I've given them my list of pintxos bars from when we were there. I remember people telling us at the time that next time we are back, we should check out the Cider houses, as a uniquely Basque experience. True? Worthwhile? Which ones?

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  1. To build on my earlier question, the looking I've done would suggest that the Sidrerias may not open until January? Would there be any open in December where one could get the traditional experience? I read about both Astarbe and Gurutzeta in a post from 2 years ago. But both look like they open in January. Thoughts?

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    1. re: WillinTO

      The new "cosecha" won't be available until around mid January, which is when the cider season really picks up (and goes until late spring) and you can drink it from the barrel "txotx" style. You can get bottled sidra all year round.

    2. If not open look for Christmas fairs. I was in Bilbao just before Christmas a few years ago and they had a great fair which consisted of cider stalls interspersed with wine stalls and stalls selling great snacks like plates of morcilla. It was in the old part of town so easy to stop off into the odd tapas bar.

      It got pretty messy pretty quickly as the cider was going down very quickly - not too many tourists but tons of young locals getting into the Christmas spirit.

      See if SS has something similar - it is also very a Basque.


        Check the best located for you. Some are open all year round

        1. Thanks for the input everybody. I have passed it along to my friends who arrive in san Seb in two days. Sadly I am living vicariously through them, stuck as I am back here in Ontario.

          1. I believe that the Santo Tomas will be coming up in a couple of days on the 21st. There is definitely going to be stalls pouring cider which you can drink along with chistorras wrapped with a tortilla like crepe. I was there last year.

            Advice: Go to the festival early when the crowd is still relatively thin. Towards the afternoon and the night the party has gotten too rowdy for my taste. Make plans outside the old town for the evening.

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