A long weekend in San Sebastián

A long weekend in San Sebastian
weekend in San Sebastian
La Concha – San Sebastian

Because of the oceanic climate of the province of San Sebastian, it reflects an intense green scenery which attracts a huge number of tourists around the world. Because of the fantastic views, the second source of income of San Sebastian is tourism and, the first is commerce. tourism. It attracts huge numbers of visitors every year.

The amazing San Sebastian is located in the Basque Autonomous Community in Spain. As a coastal city, it is along the boundaries of the Bay of Biscay, a couple of kilometres away from the French Border. The capital city, Gipuzkoa, is considered to be the smallest province in Spain. There are several ways to get to San Sebastian by trains that come from many parts of Portugal, Spain and France. Air travel, airports such as San Sebastian, Biarritz, Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Santander Airports are within easy reach.  If coming from the UK Bilbao airport then bus/car/taxi is about 1 hours away. I was told that in the Summer there are direct flights to San Sebastian airport. Or you can fly to Madrid and get internal flight to San Sebastian about 45 minutes away.

San Sebastian was the European Capital of Culture last year,  2016. It offers more than just beautiful scenary.  To start with, you can visit the Monte Igueldo, located at the West end of the La Concha Bay. From here, you will see breathtaking views of the entire town, harbour, and the lighthouse.
 

Plaza de Gipuzkoa

Plaza de Gipuzkoa – Romantic and charming green space in the city centre. It was designed by the prestigious French gardener, Pierre Ducasse. Home to a large number and variety of trees, flowers and plants, it also has a pond where ducks and swans swim around.

Another area to visit is the Miramar Palace, also known as Palacio Municipal de Miramar of Palacio Real. This 19th-century palace was built and commissioned by the Spanish Royal Family with its English style and impeccable architecture, the Palace is a must see!

The famous art piece by the sculptor Eduardo Chillida, known as the Peine del Viento or the Wind Comb is worth a visit. Located at the end of Ondarreta Beach.  Somewhat a symbol for the town, this installation of steel and granite is anchored to the rocks along the water.

 If you have time pay a visit to Victoria Eugenia Theatre, Maria Cristina Hotel, Port of San Sebastian and the Igeldo Lighthouse.

Peine del Viento

Porto San Sebastian
Zurriola Beach – Waves, surf and youngsters

Plaza de la Constitución – Old Town San Sebastian

 Eating in San Sebastián


 This is where the fun begins. San Sebastian is considered one of the world’s top food spot. Though small in size, this town has more Michelin stars per capita than any part of the world. It also houses two of the top 20 restaurants – Arzak and Mugaritz- according to the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Another good news for  foodies and travellers is that within driving distance, you can also visit other Michelin star establishments like  Asador Etxebarri, Azurmendi,  Alameda, etc.  the list is long. Talk about food heaven! Read all about :  Alameda

If you don’t speak the lingo and want to find out more about the local food it’s worth going on a foodie tour during the high season.  Low season there are many tours happening.

 Food worth trying in San Sebastián

Txuleta

 

Breakfast at Mercado La Brexta  – Bar Azkena

Bar Azkena

Croquetas, crab cream, gamba gabardina and glass of Vermut

Vermut and pintxos

Gildas ( Gilda means lollipop, and the classic Gilda is a simple assembly of a guindilla (Spanish chilli pepper), olives,and anchivies,  bocadillhos and vermut

Squid in its own ink sauce

Kokotxas  – cod or hake cheeks





eggs and Hongos (local mushrooms)





Pan tomaca –
is a traditional Catalan breakfast dish that is also loved in other parts of Spain – I love it!  Brunch at La Madame is good!
Torrija – Spanish  sweet egg bread

finding some offal on offer at the bar at Martinez

 Pintxos
More Pintxos  at Martinez

Pastel Vasco:  dense cake crust, soft  crème pâtissière, cherries or blueberries

bocadillos de tortilla

bocadillos de Jamon

Local Sidra (cider)
Croquetas – I love them!
Anchovie and crab cream and cava  at Bar Txepetxa in the Old town

More anchovies

Other dishes : Bacalao Pil Pil, Txistorra (sausage), txagurru  (local crab meat) and  percebes.

For Michelin suggestion in the region:  Hot&Chilli, Restaurant Alameda
With that, make sure to put San Sebastian in your next travel destination! Pack up your bags, shades and enjoy!

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8 Comments

  1. July 26, 2017 / 8:38 am

    The photos look great and the food looks absolutely stunning! I would love to visit one day!

  2. July 26, 2017 / 10:11 am

    This looks like an incredible place with some truly delicious food. Definitely somewhere I would like to visit.

  3. July 26, 2017 / 6:44 pm

    This really looks like my kind of place! Omg, amazing, I'm putting it on my list for sure!

  4. July 26, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    This looks like an incredible place. Definitely putting it on my travel list!

  5. July 26, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I hadn't heard of this place before but it looks lovely.

  6. July 26, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I have never been to Spain. I am surprised by the huge buildings, I am not sure why but I didn't expect them.

  7. July 27, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I haven't actually heard of San Sebastián before. It looks such a pretty place to visit and food all looks amazing!

  8. July 27, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Looks amazing. It must have taken you ages to upload all of those photos. Thankyou for sharing.

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