San Sebastian has been labelled a European capital of culture and has more Michelan stars per square meter than any other city in the world. San Sebastian on a good day is rather stunning with a beautiful stretch of beach and recently revamped promenade.
Unfortunately we have yet to overnight in San Sebastian and have only done day trips from France but we plan to stay soon to experience the atmosphere and nightlife of this charming Spanish city.
I’d recommend a trip up Mount Igueldo which gives you sweeping, world class views of the beautiful bay and a retro theme-park perched on the top while your mode of transport up is an old rumbling funicular. You can also take the scenic route on the opposite side of the bay following the promenade from the port around Mount Urgull.
As your appetite kicks in, pintxo-bar hop around the bars and sample traditional pintxos. Pintxos in the Basque country are small snacks typically eaten in bars similar to tapa’s in other parts of Spain. They typically have a toothpick or skewer through them and are served in individual portions. Some of the bars we’ve frequented are: Gandarias, Beti-Jai Berria and Oiartzun Gozotegia for delicious pastries however, we haven’t even touched on the gastronomic delights of this town and next time we go plan to overnight and indulge our inner foodies.
For more inspiration, see New York Times 36 hours in San Sebastian
‘Travelling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller’ – Ibn Battuta