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Plaza de la Constitución

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    • Day 5

      Altstadt Donostia / San Sebastian

      February 28, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

      "Der meistbesuchteste Teil Donostia / San Sebastians, ist ohne Zweifel die Altstadt. Sie liegt zu Füßen des Berges Urgull, eingepfercht zwischen dem Hafen und der Einmündung des Flusses Urumea und wurde nach einem großen Brand im Jahre 1813 errichtet. Ihre Straßen, voller Läden und Geschäfte, Restaurants, Bars und Cafés für die sog. pintxos (kleine Häppchen)." Quelle In Spain

      Gegessen haben wir leckere spanische Spezialitäten, das Personal fröhlich, laut, spanisch halt. https://barebarejatetxea.com

      Eigentlich wollten wir zurück ein Taxi nehmen, aber nach dem Essen doch lieber laufen. So sind es heute über 10 Kilometer per Pedes geworden. 😏
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    • Day 291

      San Sebastian,

      April 4 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      oder auch Donostia, wie die Stadt im Baskischen heißt.
      Der Campingplatz liegt etwas außerhalb, dadurch überwiegend sehr schön ruhig. Man hört einen Bach rauschen und zwischendurch ein paar Schafe "mähen". Nur morgens gegen 7 Uhr zwitschern dem Jörg die Vögel zu laut, ich musste ihn heute nicht wecken.

      San Sebastian liegt wunderschön an der Concha Bucht und hat dadurch einen tollen Badestrand mitten in der Stadt, fast neben dem Rathaus. Auch wenn das Wetter heute toll war, wir wollten lieber die Stadt erkunden.
      In der Kirche "Basilica Santa María del Coro" gibt es eine kleine Kunstaustellung zu besichtigen.
      Auf der "Plaza de la Constitucíon" sind die Balkone an den Häusern durchnummeriert, da sie früher als Logen für die Zuschauer der Stierkämpfe auf dem Platz dienten.
      Nachdem wir in der Stadt eine kleine Bäckerei gefunden hatten (um später dort einzukaufen), sind wir einmal am Wasser entlang um die Altstadt herum gelaufen.
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    • Day 5

      Day 4 - Donostia or San Sebastián?

      June 15, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Woke up ridiculously early & watched Netflix & wrote my blog whilst Jackie slept like a baby. Just before 10am we popped out for coffee and toast at the cafe at the end of the road and by 11am we were on the road again.

      We were heading for San Sebastián, but I had a couple of stops planned along the way. The first was Ermita de San Juan de Gaztelugatxe which is a picturesque small church on an island connected to the mainland by a man made bridge and made famous because it appeared in an episode of Game of Thrones.

      We arrived about an hour later and parked up in the busy car park and went to investigate. There were a lot of people dressed up in walking gear & we discovered that it was a 1.2 kilometre hike down a steep rocky pathway to the church. We decided to give it a miss, particularly as our legs still ached from the previous day’s exertions of well in excess of 10 miles. Instead we found a vantage point overlooking the island and took a couple of photos instead.

      Next stop was the harbour town of Lekeitio. We took the scenic route which took us through through forests and up and down mountains on steep winding roads & about 90 minutes later we arrived at the harbour front. We were just about to abandon Pearl on the harbour, when 2 kindly locals told us the police would give us a ticket. Luckily for us, as this conversation was taking place, someone drove out of a parking space & we dived in. Minutes later a police car cruised past.

      As we got out & walked along the harbour, we both instantly fell in love with the town. The harbour was full of boats and was lined with multicoloured half timbered old buildings housing restaurants & Pintxo bars. At the end of the harbour was a spectacular looking sandy beach and the town was dominated by the huge late-gothic Basilica de Santa Maria de La Asunción.

      We walked along to the Basilica, but found again it to be closed, so we stopped at Cafe Marina Bar for a glass of beer. We didn’t have a pintxo because Jackie had decided she wanted a proper sit down meal this evening. Whilst supping our beer we started to look at the possibilities of staying in Lekeitio for a couple of days at the end of our trip.

      Around 2pm we reluctantly left Lekeitio and chose the coastal road to San Sebastián. This 2 hour journey followed the coast of the Cantabrian Sea through several seaside resorts until we finally arrived in San Sebastián. The first disaster was that Apple Maps decided to take us to completely the wrong location for the car park we had been advised to use. Eventually google maps got us to the correct underground car park and we found a space.

      San Sebastián is officially known as Donostia-San Sebastián and all the signs and maps call the town Donostia (which I’d never previously heard of) with San Sebastián being a secondary name. I have looked it up, but it’s too confusing to worry any further about.

      It was then a half mile walk with all our luggage into the heart of the old town & to our Pension Irune. We had to let ourselves in because we were late. After a quick shower & a change of clothes, we headed out for the evening. The old town is a busy maze of narrow pedestrianised streets full of shops, restaurants and Pintxo bars. We had a quick reviving beer, then headed out to explore the seafront including the beach, which has been described as ‘one of the best city beaches in the world’ & one of the main reasons for us visiting. It was by now a bit too late & overcast to make an honest assessment.

      In addition, San Sebastián frequently tops lists of the world’s best places to eat, so after our walk we headed back into the old town to imbibe in a couple of beers and wines and a cheeky pintxo each. Jackie had one with sardines & I had a goat’s cheese one. Again delicious. We then found a suitable (fairly posh) restaurant called Ubarrechena. We ordered a bottle of Rioja, a starter of a Fried Egg pintxo to share, then Jackie ordered a sirloin steak whilst I had a veal steak. It was all very lovely.

      At 9pm we returned to our Pension Irune to see the lady in charge, who gave us a discount card for the car park, but it still cost us the exorbitant fee of €56 for 48 hours. 30 minutes later we were both asleep.

      Song of the Day : Take me to Church by Hozier.
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    • Day 3

      If you’re hungry its your own fault

      May 25 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 75 °F

      I arrived last night in San Sebastián. What a long trip! Jet lag is a real thing. 😵😴

      This morning I forced myself to get out of bed at 9:00, take a shower and get cute for the day. Last day of being cute for the next 35!

      I meditated this morning to help me ground myself. Reminding myself to look for the ways the universe is trying to help me. ✨

      I first visited the cathedral. The stained glass in European cathedrals are amazing! Plus, I feel like it’s appropriate that the first stop on this pilgrimage is a cathedral. 🔔

      Then I walked through the city. Wow! It is so strikingly beautiful! I went to the beach first. Today is the most perfect day! 73 degrees and no clouds, a light sea breeze! They got my order right. It’s perfection! I watched families playing on the beach with their nude toddlers, 🙈 and kiddos playing soccer on the beach pitches! 💛

      I continued my mission for something to caffeinate me and nourish my tummy. On my way, I stumbled across the tourist office and was able to purchase my pilagrams passport for 2€. The woman also told me that I should ride the tram to the top of the hill to see the best views of the city. 😀

      After this I walked around old town area. It’s magical here. Like Madrid but less chaotic. There are so many cute little bars and they all serve pinxots, which are like tapas. I just stopped into one and ordered “pan de Cristal con pollo al pesto y tomatitos asados” Wow!! This is the first bite of food I ate in Spain! It will be hard to beat that! 🤤 I also ordered a traditional jamón y tomate sándwich! Double Wow!!! Finally, my long awaited coffee! I am so content. Well, maybe a bit more coffee is in order! ☺️☕️ and helados!
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    • Day 2

      Pintxos et al

      August 12, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Paragem obrigatória em San Sebastián para jantar, a última e única vez que tínhamos vindo foi em pleno COVID. Voltámos ao Borda Berry para o Orsotto de puntalette, kebab (que é uma costela caramelizada) e um salmorejo, deixamos para uma próxima o entrecotte. Próxima paragem Bar Sport, mesmo ao lado para um pintxo de foie, um mini hambúrguer, e lulas na brasa. Terminámos na Viña para o clássico cheese Cake (que é bom, mas não tão bom como o que Finisterra).Read more

    • Day 5

      Day 5 — La Concha Beach

      June 15, 2023 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      We had a fabulous night sleep & both woke up at 8am. It was 10.45 am when we finally left our room & headed out for the day. First stop was a little cafe for coffee and a croissant, then we returned to the car park to retrieve our beach mats & sarongs.

      As planned we then hit San Sebastián’s famous La Concha Beach. It is a crescent of soft yellow sand around the bay. We found our spot & settled in for the day. The beach was busy, but at no point was anyone sat too uncomfortably close to us. The beach was also super clean to the point that I assumed that eating, drinking & smoking was banned on the beach. The sea was cold but not too cold to have a wee in!

      Around 1pm, Jackie decided that she could do with a drink. I found a bar under the arches, but because there were no customers & because I am a tight-arse I assumed it would be exorbitantly priced. I gave Jackie the bad news, but she was now on a mission & went back to the bar, returning with 2 pints of beer at the cost of just €3 each. Not being a tight-arse, I went back for a couple of further rounds.

      We left the beach at 6.40pm and I can safely say that San Sebastián and it’s beach lived up to all its hype. It had been a superb day.

      It was too late to go back to the Pension to get ready to go out, so we hit the Pintxo bars in the old town instead. We visited 5 different Pintxo bars drinking beer and wine & sampling an array of Pintxos………..when in Rome! Jackie had mainly fish & seafood Pintxos, whist my selections included mushrooms, ham, sausage & goats cheese. All cracking little bite-sized delights. In our eyes, San Sebastián also lived up to it’s culinary critical acclaim.

      Just after 9pm we retired to our Pension.

      Song of the Day : San Sebastián by Alien Ant Farm.
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    • Day 5

      San Sebastien

      October 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Après nous partons trouver un lieu pour dormir mais sur le chemin nous voyons de splendides paysages. Nous trouvons un endroit avec une vue splendide d’un côté la mer, d’un autre les deux et encore de l’autre les montagnes. Le soir nous regardons un magnifique coucher de soleil en attendant Janine Viallet et Daniel.Read more

    • Day 4

      Seeing San Sebastian

      July 24, 2022 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Hoje acordámos e depois de comermos um pêssego no quarto, fomos a pé até à praia da Ondarreta, e de seguida até às escultura El Peine del Viento, ao contrário do que esperávamos, não estava muito vento....

      Voltámos para trás e apanhámos o funicular que sobe ao monte Igueldo, onde no topo há um parque de diversões! Aproveitámos aqui para comer uns churros com chocolate, apesar dos 30ºC que estavam 😋

      Quando descemos do monte voltámos para o hotel para pegar no carro e ir até à zona histórica da cidade, que é um pouco mais longe. Quando chegámos lá, demorámos meia hora a conseguir estacionar o carro 😢 quando finalmente estacionámos fomos diretas aos pintxos, que eu vou falar mais à frente.

      Depois de almoçarmos passeámos um pouco pela zona histórica, onde vimos a parte velha, a câmara de San Sebastian, a Catedral de Buen Pastor e a icónica praia da Concha. Por fim voltámos para o carro e fomos fazer a pausa de meio da tarde ao hotel.

      Depois de descansar um bocadinho voltámos a sair, mas desta vez a pé, até à zona velha para jantar pintxos também! Jantámos muito bem apesar de vários sítios estarem agora fechados (porque era domingo à noite). Depois voltámos a pé para o hotel para desmoer o jantar e fomos dormir!
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    • Day 3

      San Sebestián

      September 25, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      San Sebastián was full of red carpets, with film crews and journalists trying to jostle for the best position for the film festival!

      Donostia is the local Basque name for San Sebastián and there was an interesting bit of sand art celebrating this.

      Fun Fact: A number appears above each window that overlooks the Plaza de la Constitución. This dates back to when the square was used as a bullring, with numbered spectator boxes available to rent.
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    • Day 40

      San Sebastian - Biarritz - Arcachon

      March 31, 2022 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Bequem nach San Sebastián gefahren. Die letzten 100 km waren gebührenpflichtig . Kein Wunder bei den vielen Tunnel. Kenns noch über die Berge, von Irun her. Herrliche Stadt nur das Wetter spielt mal wieder nicht mit. Wenn es hier regnet, dann richtig. Trotzdem den Scooter raus und Stadt angeschaut. Regen will einfach nicht aufhören, also weiter nach Biarritz. Gleiches Spiel😝weiter Richtung Bordeaux . Kurz vorher war immer Bassin deArcachon ausgeschildert. Ist eine Riesen Seenlandschaft mit seltenen Vögeln und ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel. Soll auch eine 100m hohe Düne geben aber bei dem Regen und Sturm werd ich die nicht sehn. Wenigstens gut gegessen und im Ort einen offiziellen Stellplatz gefunden ( Plastiktüten 30l hab ich zum Glück unterwegs nachgekauft🤪)Read more

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    Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza de la Constitucion

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