Things to do in San Sebastian on a four day trip
San Sebastian has no airport but it’s quite easy to get to from
San Sebastian is a gem of a place and here are some of the things you must do when visiting.
1) Lie on the beach, any beach - just pick one that suits your fancy.
has 3 beautiful beaches all right in the centre of the city: San Sebastian
La Concha - which is the most popular one and gets quite crowded due to its prime location.
Ondaretta - which is less packed and the best for swimming. It lies west of La Concha.
La Zurrioloa - is across the river and is more for surfing.
I had grand plans of visiting all 3 but La Concha was temptingly right outside our hotel and so we never really went too far. We would just plonk ourselves on the beach till the sun went down.
It was quite an easy walk up - takes about 30 - 45 minutes and there quite a few different routes you can take. I'll admit I moaned a fair bit for no good reason, thinking it would be an arduous hike and felt quite silly after reaching the top.
At the top is the Castillo de la Mota (La Mota Castle). You can walk all the way to the top of the fort right up to the foot of the statue of Christ.
3) If you’re in the mood to splurge, dine at a Michelin Star restaurant that showcases the best of Basque Cuisine.
There are number of amazing (expensive!) restaurants in
like Arzak. A meal could come up to more than 150 euros. I changed my mind and decided I couldn't justify splurging that much now but maybe, some day. San Sebastian
So if you're in the same frame of mind, don't despair, there are plenty of other amazing, cheaper options which brings me to my next point.
4) PINTXOS !!!!! (pronounced pin-chos)
Pintxos are the Basque version of tapas. Small portions of food - brilliant executed to become the perfect mouthful food when you take a bite. Typically, you go from one pintxo bar to the next, having one or two pintxos at each place. That’s right, you go PINTXOS HOPPING!
And that’s what we did every night - the highlight of my trip. I was practically giddy with excitement the whole time. It’s such an appealing way to explore an entire area trying out the best of what they have to offer.
Parte Viaje (The Old Quarter) is maze full of lanes with any number of bars to visit. I found it’s best to start with those on Calle 31 de Agosto. That’s the street with the highest concentration and in my opinion the best pintxo bars. Some of my favourites were: A Fuego Negro, Bar La Cepa, Bar Ganbara and Bar Zeruko
Also, to save some cash, we used to buy our breakfast from the supermarket. I was quite happy to go to the supermarket, when I the discovered range of amazing quality jamon (Spanish ham) I could buy. You must pick up some jamon from there to bring back with you.
5) Walk along boardwalk on the beach right to the end to see Eduardo Chillida’s famous sculpture The Wind Combs. They are iron sculptures fused onto the rocks facing out into the ocean.
6) Take a boat across to
. There is a boat every half an hour during the summer to go across to the island in the middle of the bay. Santa Clara Island
|Santa Clara island|
7) Go to the top of
. You can take a train to the top and there is a retro amusement park called Parque de Atracciones. Entry is 2 Euros. Mount Igeldo
8) Rent a bicycle to explore the city. There are special cycle lanes and docking stations where you can pay to rent a cycle.
9) Visit the Tourist Centre in front of the old Town Hall and see what cultural events are happening all over the city.
You must see the Guggenheim museum in
. It is just a 1 hour bus ride and can not be missed. So instead of taking the bus directly to the airport, we stopped at the bus terminal in Bilbao , stored our luggage there and then walked to the Guggenheim which was 10 minutes away. Admission to the museum is 11 Euros. Bilbao
Designed by Frank Gehry, the building is simply a work of art. Personally I feel the building is far more engaging to see than the displays and collections inside. As piece of architectural art, it doesn’t stand in isolation from its surroundings but its stark contours strangely merge and influence the buildings and structures around it.
We then walked along the river towards the city centre where I stuffed myself with pintxos and churros before getting the tram to head back to the airport.
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