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Plaza Guipúzcoa

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  • Day18

    San Sebastian

    June 9 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    San Sebastian - 9 and 10 June
    We stayed just outside the Old Town of San Sebastian (about a 20 minute easy walk). Two nights here. San Sebastian is the city that invented the pintxos, the local word for small bar bites otherwise known as tapas - a meal in miniature, usually placed on a piece of bread. 
    You can either order from a hot menu or you fill your plate from the many choices of cold food lining the bar. We did a bit of both. It was great fun and delicious. So much so that we went there again the next night.

    San Sebastián is a resort town on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s mountainous Basque Country. It’s known for Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, beaches framed by a picturesque bayfront promenade, and world-renowned restaurants managed by innovative chefs. Its old town (Parte Vieja) is cobblestoned and has upscale shops next to the colourful pintxo bars. There is a real party atmosphere here - I can see how popular it must be in Summer with the beautiful beaches and more bars per square metre than anywhere else on Earth (so it is claimed).

    For spectacular views, you can walk to the top of Monte Urgull, at the tip of town, surrounded by low castle walls that circle a grand statue of Christ or, as we did, take the old-world funicular railway to the Parque de Atracciones (amusement park).
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  • Day6

    Da steppt der Bär am Meer

    June 15 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Kaum einen Fuß aus dem Parkhaus gesetzt begrüßt uns San Sebastian bereits mit einem schwungvollen Beat und einer rauen Countrystimme. Eine Charity Veranstaltung hat ihre Zelte aufgeschlagen. Künstler säumen rechts und links den Weg, den wir uns zusammen mit zig anderen Menschen entlang schieben. Es ist voll, aber auf eine angenehme Art und Weise. Noch werden wir von knatternden Motorrädern und Rollern begleitet. Kaum über der Straße sieht die Welt allerdings ganz anders aus. Die frische Meeresbrise wird vom Geruch unzähliger Pintxo-Kostlichkeiten überdeckt. Enge Straßen ziehen sich wie ein Gitter rund um die Häuser. Die motorisierten Zweiräder tauschen ihren Platz mit unzähligen Besuchern, welche schmatzend und plaudernd um die Bars stehen. An einer Kreuzung erwartet uns sogar ein Chor alt eingesessener San Sebastianer, welche traditionelle Lieder zum besten geben. Eine Atmosphäre die in den Bann zieht. Trotzdem sind wir ganz froh als wir am Hafen zum durchatmen kommen. Die Sonne scheint und in die Kaimauern sind Sitzsteine eingelassen.

    Aufgetankt mit Sonne geht's zurück in die Häuserschluchten. Jetzt wird sich durchprobiert. Kaum zwei Schritte entfernt vom Kai betreten wir die erste Bar und verlieben uns sofort in das Pinxho Prinzip. Pinxho sind kleine mundfertige Häppchen. In der Bar bekommen wir einen Teller in die Hand gedrückt, welchen wir uns volladen. An der Kasse wird gezählt und gezahlt. Noch zwei weitere Läden schaffen wir, bevor um 16:00 Uhr die Siesta beginnt und die Türen bis 19:00 Uhr geschlossen werden. Für den Nachtisch-Magen gibt es nun noch bei Poco Loco ein Eis am Stil (Kinderriegelgeschmack) mit flüssigen Karamellkern. Pro Tipp: Wer das Eis wirklich genießen möchte, sollte in der heruntergekühlten Eisdiele noch kurz stehen bleiben. Mit ist das Eis innerhalb weniger Minuten komplett zerschmolzen, dabei waren es gerade mal 20 °C.
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  • Day40

    San Sebastian: Gourmand's Delight

    June 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    The old town is fun to wander around and there were lots of people there as it was Sunday. It’s a great place to try new foods. We ate pintxos (appetizers) washed down with hard cider, churros dipped in hot chocolate, and gelato. (Thanks, Roman and Jorge!) Wish we would have had longer to follow up on all the suggestions!Read more

  • Day40

    Beautiful San Sebastian

    June 10, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    San Sebastian is often called the most beautiful city in Spain. Whenever we told our Spanish friends we were going there, they would get all dreamy-eyed, and give us lots of advice on favorite places to go. There are great views: the town spreads out from the shell-shaped beach. The harbor is surrounded by hills and you can see islands on the edge of the bay, with the ocean beyond.Read more

  • Day7

    San Sebastian

    July 3, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    I wake up thinking, I wonder where in Spain Zara was founded? Turns out it was here in Galicica, a slight jump off our route to San Sebastian. Over breakfast I pitch that we should head to A Carüna, the home of Zara, then on to San Sebastian. An easy pitch until I realise that when we booked San Sebastian, I was really thinking of Santander, San Sebastian is 7 hours away, across the northern coast of Spain snaking through the Pyrenees, and I just convinced everyone to add an extra half hour to our journey :(

    It's dreary grey drizzle as we head into A Corüna, Fid and I drop the girls at the home of Zara, somehow Bux has convinced herself this is as important as Gab strolling Rue Cambon, she may be right.

    Our morning distraction behind us, now we're off on a six hour run to San Sebastian. The realisation that it's so far has us contemplate cancellation, but at one of our most expensive, un-refundable bookings of the trip, we can't cancel.

    We're cutting across the northern coast of Spain, the mountains remind us of Piedmont in Northern Italy, or coming down through the Dolomites. Bux tries her latest YouTube sensation, a hot rolled dorito she finds in a truck stop with a predicable outcome. But apart from that, nothing else happened.

    We're a street back from the beach in San Sebastian - you have to come.

    We stroll the promenade, stop at "The London" for a beer and chips before heading into the old town. Here Tapas is replaced with Pintxos bars, as best I can tell the only difference is Tapas is a pre-prepared plate, Pintxos is a pre-prepared piece, but delicious! Gab hits the prawns, I hit Crab & quail egg, followed by black pudding and fried quail egg - this stuff is insane! Fid can't handle all the seafood so orders himself a sirloin - he's now a convert too. We stroll the old town hoping between Pintxos bars, artisanal t-shirt shops, and mini-mercardos, this is us for a few hours, wash rinse repeat - I could have kept going for days but they insisted we return.

    Nearly home Gab & Bux want a burger across the road so we watch the England v Columbia game on the telly across the street before heading home. This place is a mecca we will return to - as relaxed as Rapallo, food to rival Tokyo, an old town to beat Stockholm and a placa culture to beat Nice - San Sebastian wins it all - Paradise Found!

    July 3rd, 2018
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