Hemingway was charm… had enthusiasm for life & a grand breadth of abilities and aptitudes

Hemingway was a man of big appetites — for life, adventure, sports, and for food and drink. Hemingway had larger-than-life magnetic appeal that allowed people then, and now, to overlook his considerable flaws.        

Hemingway the Writer

“You have to work every day,” he said. “No matter what has happened the day or night before, get up and bite the nail.” – Ernest Hemingway Being a writer was all Hemingway really wanted in life, and it wasn’t enough for him to be simply good, or even great. He wanted to be the best there ever was; with each new work he strove to surpass his last, as well as everything else in the cultural canon. As he said when accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature, to be a writer of any ambition is a lonely, solitary pursuit — single combat:

“For he (the writer) does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day. For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed. How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.” – Ernest Hemingway

He aimed to hit 600-1,000 words a day of the “really good,” and after six or seven hours of intensely focused work, would knock off around lunchtime, feeling absolutely exhausted. He relaxed with a drink and the only activity his “emptied” mind could handle — perusing newspapers and magazines. By late afternoon he began to get his energy back, and would fish and socialize with friends and family. Hemingway persevered, and even when his first novel became a big success, kept to a very strict writing regimen; rather than waiting for inspiration, he courted it through discipline.

HEMINGWAY – Interesting Facts and Trivia

Hemingway was a legendary drinker. According to one biography, he would drink two or three bottles of liquor a day and also wine with meals. A friend in Paris once said, “you could see the bulge of [his liver] stand out from his body like a long, fat leech.”

«I drink to make other people more interesting.»

                                                                Ernest Hemingway

Up until his suicide, Hemingway had been the consummate survivor. He lived through a mortar strike in the First World War, a case of malaria in Turkey, dysentery in Africa, multiple car crashes–including one so severe he leaked cranial fluid, two plane crashes, a hurricane in which he was stranded for 17 days, and various other freak accidents that left him with multiple scars.

As an infant, Hemingway’s mother would often dress him as a girl and force him to play with dolls with his older sister. According to reports, his mother wanted a girl and was disappointed when she gave birth to Ernest. In the course of his lifetime, Hemingway lived in Oak Park, Kansas City, Italy, Toronto, Chicago, Paris, Key West, Cuba, and Idaho. He frequently took trips to Austria, Spain, Africa and the American West.

Hemingway In The Tub

One of the biggest superstars of the English literary scene has a legacy that’s gone on for a century after his death. Ernest Hemingway is most known for his amazing novel The Sun also Rises or The old Man and the Sea. What you may not have known about the iconic author, however, is that rather than sitting at a desk, one of his favorite places to come up with ideas for stories was actually in his bathtub!

“It is good to have an end to journey towards;

but it is the journey that matters in the end”

                                                                        Ernest Hemingway


San Fermín Hemingway Exclusive

We design packages that entice your curiosity, open your eyes to diverse cultures, give you the opportunity to savour the rich gastronomy of the region, and take you to spellbinding places, with breathtaking landscapes. Our San Fermin Hemingway Exclusive is just such a package, offering an out of the box San Fermin adventure with a Hemingwayesque touch. This package features 3 nights accommodation, with the option of spending 1 of the 3 nights in San Sebastian. Experience the first days of San Fermin, with access to low to middle level locations to watch the Running of the Bulls. Watch a bullfight from premium locations, or if that is not up to your preference, you can opt for our VIP fireworks cocktail dinner with views to the citadel. Join us on an intrepid Hemingwayesque adventure to the Basque Coast into the heart and soul of Basque culture. Sail the Basque Coast on a magnificent sailboat built in the 1920’s and enjoy exquisite regional cuisine in the city known for its ‘pintxos’; San Sebastian. Fall in love with this noble city while you taste exquisite pintxos and wine pairings and find out why Hemingway found this region so enchanting. Begin San Fermin right with our welcome gift – an NST white shirt, red bandana (pañuelo) and take-home souvenir.


Running of the Bulls Balcony Event 06:30 – 08:30

Spectacular balconies: Low to middle levels


Chaperon to your balcony


Morning Gastro Tour 08:30 – 11:00 or Mid-morning Gastro Tour 11:30 – 13:30

Traditions & Music Promenade

Visit a Peña – a private gastronomic society

A traditional beverage

A pintxo + drink in the oldest bar in the city

A visit to San Fermin in the Chapel


Fireworks Cocktail Dinner Party 21:30 – 01:30

Bird’s eye view terrace  

Navarre Tapas and pintxos

Drinks and Cocktail

Dance the night away with DJ and dance


Hemingway Route to the Basque coast 09:00 – 22:00

Guide + Transportation

Train ride to Larrun + Gastro Experience

Visit to Victor Hugo Museum + Gastro Experience

2 / 3 hour sail boat trip to San Sebastian

Gastro tour in San Sebastian 3 pintxos and 3 drinks