As a short-term tourist you can very easily ignore a place's shortcomings and convince yourself that you're in paradise, but as a long-term resident you have to face up to the inevitable faults.
At Bar Rocardo in Gros, there's sawdust on the floor and precious few snacks on display in the cabinets.
Ancient Basque culture springs to life each Saturday in Tolosa as farmers sell their cheese, meat and vegetables like they have for centuries.
Plan your pintxos, don't get drunk and never split the bill, advises chef Dan Hunter.
If you're interested in Basque cooking, San Sebastian really is the place to be.
We're travelling from Barcelona to San Sebastian in 2017, we're looking for suggestions for accommodation and restaurants.
We'd like to see the sights of San Sebastian and take in a leisurely luncheon as well. What are our options?
Decisions, decisions. It's a big world out there, and it's begging to be explored. The question is: where do you go next?