San Sebastian

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Page from my personal travel journal, recorded while in Northern Spain. This one show our visit to San Sebastian

Arriving in San Sebastian was like Bilbao a bit of a hassle, since the traffic was terrible, but as soon as the car was parked the city was a delight. We stayed at the cozy and homily Pensión Amaiur, which we warmly recommend. Great place with a kitchen and it is located right in the middle of the tapas district!

Page from my personal travel journal, recorded while in Northern Spain. This one show our visit to the tapas bar A Fuego Negro San Sebastian

Our exploration of the city took us along the iconic La Concha beach, the weather was unfortunately a bit too windy and cold for a day at the beach, but there is so much more to see in this city, that it was not a problem. At the end of the beach’s walkway stands Eduardo Chillidas’ “El Peine de los Vientos” statue that looks like metal claws fighting the ocean, a marvelous peace of art. We then walked through the town center and went to see the surfer at Playa de la Zurriola.

But most of our stay in the city was spend wallowing in the pintxo (that’s what they call tapas) district. Our favorite place was the hip, where we enjoyed great wines and the trips best tapas including goat cheese with iberico ham, sun dried tomatoes and honey, hearts served with heart shaped beets and mini kebab.

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2 thoughts on “San Sebastian

  1. Midmorning departure for a delicious day trip to to Spainʼs most famous wine region La Rioja including a unique experience….a visit to an underground wine cellar in a medieval hill town. Laguardia is perched on a hill overlooking the vineyards and craggy mountains of Rioja Alavesa. Surrounded by a 15th century defensive wall, inside shops with hundreds of local bottlings, a lively cafe scene, and a old world tradition. Hundreds of years ago tunnels were dug into the hillside, under the city’s structures, to keep the inhabitants safe from harm during battles. Over time, these tunnels were converted into wine cellars and wineries. Later we visit a top winery for lunch before a late afternoon return to San Sebastian. We are happy to make reservations for a gourmet dinner or the tapas / pintxos scene a few blocks from your hotel is world class.

  2. Another traditional area of the city to try tapas is the La Latina district . This area, close to the Rastro , is particularly cosmopolitan with a large concentration of immigrants, and many small bars and restaurants offering good cheap food.

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