Caldereros de la Hungria in San Sebastian.
Before the beginning of the carnival, the Hungarian boilermakers are celebrated. The inhabitants of the city disguise themselves as boilermakers to commemorate their arrival in San Sebastian in the 19th century, and announce the carnival. The first procession by the original troop took place in 1884.
Location: San Sebastian, Guipuscoa.
Date: Depending on the year, the last Saturday in January or the first Saturday in February. February 1, 2020.
Type: parade, singing, dancing, traditional music, outdoor.
Don’t forget to try the best culinary experience in the world according to Lonely Planet: pintxos, Basque tapas, in the bars of the old town.
Experience them in the Basque style: enter a bar, choose one or two tapas and enjoy them with a glass of txakoli, the slightly sparkling local white wine and then start again in a 2nd bar until you are full. Don’t worry, the waiters have excellent memory. Just enjoy the moment!
If you want to try one of the best restaurants in the city, I recommend Akelarre – 3 Michelin stars 2018.
For a gastronomic menu of the day at a low price, I recommend the Ikaitz restaurant.
In terms of accommodation, Maria Cristina is the most famous 5-star hotel in the city. Ideally located on the waterfront, in front of the theatre and 400 metres from the historic district, this magnificent building has welcomed many celebrities such as Woody Allen and Liz Taylor. The famous French chef Hélène Darroze welcomes guests to the ephemeral restaurant from June to October.
The famous Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra, also on La Concha, often offers very attractive promotions.
If you are travelling with a family or small group (up to 8), I recommend Amara Astoria-luxury Apartments, in the Amara district. This 3-bedroom apartment, with a surface area of 105m², is the best plan for families and groups.
If you wish to stay outside the centre of San Sebastian and prefer a more rural atmosphere while retaining the charm of the old, I recommend the Heredad de Unanue.