In 2009 we did a road trip around Spain starting in Madrid then visiting Burgos, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Laguardia, Santillana del Mar, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Zaragoza and the finishing in Barcelona.
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 helmed by innovative chefs. In its cobblestoned old town (Parte Vieja), upscale shops neighbor vibrant pintxo bars pairing local wines with bite-size regional specialties.
The main economic activities are commerce and tourism, and it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain. Despite the city’s small size, events such as the San Sebastián International Film Festival have given it an international dimension. San Sebastián, along with Wrocław, Poland, was the European Capital of Culture in 2016.
Playa de la Concha
The ‘shell beach’ is one of the city’s three beaches and is renowned as one of Europe’s most beautiful urban shorelines. Its perfect arch made it popular with Queen Regent Maria Cristina, leading her to declare it the summer capital of Europe. Its charming promenade along the Cantabrian Sea offers a tranquil atmosphere and beautiful scenery. While surf lovers head to nearby Zurriola Beach, Playa de la Concha is filled with mixed crowd of locals and visitors alike, seeking to cool off in the blue water.
San Sebastian is most renowned for its outstanding cuisine. The city is filled with a wide range of pintxos bars, offering traditional Basque dishes and wines. With such an overwhelming array of tasty looking tapas, it can be impossible to choose and while it is difficult to have an unpleasant eating experience in Donostia, it is worth joining a Pintxos Tour. The tours not only take you to the best places in the city but also provide insider tips and knowledge about the city’s history and culinary evolution.
La Catedral del Buen Pastor
The cathedral was inaugurated in 1897 and was influenced by the style of medieval German and French churches. Today it is home of the diocese of San Sebastian and is considered one of the most significant religious buildings in the Basque country. The organ consists of more than 10,000 whistles, making it one of the biggest in Europe. The neo-Gothic architecture shows the artistic prowess of its builders and the tower is a popular symbol for San Sebastian. A marvelous feature ’The Cross of Peace’ by the sculptor Eduardo Chillida can be found on the facade of the cathedral.
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