San Sebastián

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  • Day55

    Donostia-San Sebastian

    October 27, 2016 in Spain

    Although it was a 5 hour train journey from Barcelona, we decided to go to Donostia-San Sebastián in northern Spain to get a taste of the Basque culture which is very unique. The Basque people actually at one point wanted to be independent from Spain (like many regions in Spain) and continue to retain their identity with their own language, traditions and more importantly food! This is also why this city has two given names: Donostia in Basque and San Sebastián in Spanish.

    This region is well known for it's culinary expertise. We enjoyed going to typical Pintxos (pronounced Pinchos) bars where a wide array of tapas would be displayed to choose from. The selections are heavily focused on seafood as San Sebastián is located on the coast but you can also find some good meat as well. We enjoyed trying both hot and cold Pintxos like veal cheeks, octopus, and sea urchin to name a few. Everything we ate was so unique and different and definitely very fresh!

    San Sebastián reminded us a lot of California with its beaches, surfers and chill atmosphere. It was a nice stop to explore this unique region in Spain and we highly recommend it for any foodies.
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  • Day2

    Appreciating the simple things

    September 13, 2017 in Spain

    The waves were huge this evening on La Concha beach. As I enjoyed the childish pleasure of swimming into each one and being thrown around as if in a washing machine, I realised how lucky I am to get such enjoyment from the simple things in life. Swimming in the sea, walking all day, laughing with new acquaintances .... and a hot cup of tea when it's most needed. Thank you @Laurie Reynolds for introducing me to this wonderful little gadget that boils a cup of water in no time at all. Truly life-enhancing!Read more

  • Day23

    San Sebastian - ES

    June 6, 2016 in Spain

    Having just mastered the French language, now I have to start all over again with Basque. Compared to France, there are zero cycle paths here. Also finding it difficult to find routes that stay off the motorways.

  • Day49

    Day 46

    July 16, 2017 in Spain

    Today we went for a big walk around the area over 20000 steps! We walked through this amazing tunnel the colours were sensational. Then we decided to do a cheap dinner on the beach and watch the sunset at 9.45 haha and then called it an early night.

  • Day48

    Day 45

    July 15, 2017 in Spain

    Just another bus trip today so nothing to report there haha. We had a really good guide and bus driver so I'm going to miss them hopefully I meet them at some stage on the network again. Ciara (the Irish guide) and Didea (the Portuguese driver). Just really lovely people

    We went on a pinxcos crawl last night which is basically a smaller form of tapas which was lots of fun😊

    Photos are from the view along the boardwalk at night (San Sebastián is a very pretty city)Read more

  • Day49

    Day 47

    July 16, 2017 in Spain

    Today was a beach day which was really good to do absolutely nothing

    For lunch we got burgers and in it they had proper bacon and eggs which I haven't had since I left home so that made me very happy

    About to head out for dinner now off to Bordeaux on the morning😊

  • Day2

    And here we are again - San Sebastián

    September 13, 2017 in Spain

    We got up nice and early this morning and took the 6.30am airport bus. Within 25 minutes we were hopping off just after Irun, ready to start walking. We met Heather from Canada who was hunting for the non-existent arrows and we all walked together for most of the day.

    As happened last time, I was determined to take the so-called Alpinista route, but we somehow ended up on the boring flatter one. We eventually decided to forge our own trail up the side of the hill, and ended up bushwhacking through some difficult terrain. It felt like a major achievement when we reached the top and saw the amazing views of the Bay of Biscay. Well worth the exertion and the badly scratched legs!

    We lad lunch in Pasai before taking the little boat across the river. After that, we took the GR alternatives to San Sebastián. A great day of walking, conversation and laughter. Time for a swim now!
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  • Day1

    San Sebastián

    September 12, 2017 in Spain

    Super-easy journey today - a quick flight from Dublin to Bilbao and a bus from the airport to San Sebastián.

    We had a nice evening, wandering around the city and watching the huge waves. Quite mesmerising! Looking forward to walking tomorrow.

  • Day3

    Hobdarribia to San Sebastian

    May 10, 2017 in Spain

    Today's walk was about 25kms, on natural trails and country roads. It even included a little boat ride, across the river at Pasajes. My plan was to take the 'alpinista' option, but I accidentally missed the turn and took the easier (and somewhat boring) route from Gauadalupe to Pasajes.

    When I arrived in San Sebastián, I had a swim in the sea to ease the aches and pains. It felt great, although the water was colder than I expected!

    Blisters on day 1 - not good! Because of all the reports of rain and mud, I'm walking in my favourite hiking boots. I should have known better - my feet get too warm when I wear boots in Spain. I should have brought my lighter walking shoes.

    Early night tonight - looking forward to a long sleep.
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  • Day14

    Day 14 - Biarritz to San Sebastian

    April 29, 2016 in Spain

    There is only just over 30 miles between Biarritz and San Sebastian but the first thing that strikes you is the difference in culture especially the bars, restaurant's and biggest of all the food.

    It couldn't be easier getting between the two on train. Simply get the train to Hendaye at the end of the line in France then walk 200 yards to the next platform which is Irun in Spain (these will hopefully be the last trains for a while).

    After arriving in San Sebastian to great weather it was time to have a bike around. There are two main beaches and a great old town which is car free and where all your pintxos (think tapas but don't say that here) bars are. More than 200 of them. More on the pintxos bars and trying to work out how they work tomorrow.

    A must is a walk upto the Castillo de La Mota which you can see where ever you are in San Sebastian. It offers amazing views of the city and on the way back dowm on the West side is a hidden bar which will offer you some of the best views and music you will find anywhere to have a beer.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Donostia / San Sebastián, Donostia-San Sebastian, San Sebastián, Donostia, Saint-Sébastien

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