The Asociación de Sidrerías de Gipuzkoa and the Factoría Marítima Vasca de Pasaia (Albaola) offer with this tourist package the opportunity to discover Basque culture linked to cider and the sea. Visit Albaola and enjoy a delicious cider house menu!
A perfect day out to discover the adventures of the Basque whalers, a seafaring culture completely tied to the world of cider. In the 16th century thousands of Basque sailors headed every year to Newfoundland in ships such as the San Juan, which had cider as their main tipple. They would calculate 3 litres of cider per day and crew member, meaning that supplying those ships made cider the major produce of our land.
At the Albaola Maritime Museum you can take a first-hand look at construction of the San Juan, replica of the 16th century Basque whaler that went down in Canada in 1565. This is a new concept of a dynamic, living and human museum housed in a renovated shipyard, one of its kind, which never closes and is accessed from the sea. It is a unique opportunity, given that the construction process is constantly progressing, meaning that every visit takes place at an unrepeatable moment. Observing construction of the San Juan, symbol of UNESCO and one of the most singular projects of San Sebastian, European Capital of Culture 2016, is a chance to be grabbed at; it is one of these magical moments that only happens once in a lifetime.
After this voyage to the 16th century and learning about the adventures of the Basque whalers, we invite you to taste a variety of ciders, made with care and know-how, pouring your own glass of cider directly from the kupela, or barrel, in pure txotx ritual fashion. All accompanied by the traditional cider house menu. You can also chat to the cider maker about the apple maturing process.
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Price: €38 per person. For children contact us.
Albaola: from tuesday to sunday 10.00 - 14.00 and 15.00 -19.00 (in winter until 18.00)
Petritegi: everyday 13.00 - 15.30 and 20.00 - 22.30
Languages: Basque, Spanish, English and French (on previous request).