Our next stop was San Sebastián, Spain, further along in the Basque Country. We had spare time before we bid farewell to my mom, so we decided to take the 7€ bus for a 5-night getaway in Spain. The city is famous for the calm turquoise waters of La Concha Bay, but thankfully there’s also the neighboring Zurriola Beach with surf for Shaun. A definite highlight of San Sebastián, or the Basque name Donostia, is the “Old Town” – Dozens of tiny cobblestone walkways squeezed between two iconic churches, packed full with standing-room only bars, tapas/pintxos restaurants, and unique shops with a gelateria on every corner.
A Frenchman told us San Sebastián is like a “Little Rio” (de Janeiro), because of the unmistakable statue of Jesus overlooking the entire town, atop Mount Urgull, surrounded by a twelfth century military fortress. Accessible by hike, the remains of the building from the Middle Ages has been transformed into a museum about the history of San Sebastián.
This is my fourth time to Europe, but my first time in Spain and I can’t wait to return. The mix of Basque and Spanish culture creates a refreshing environment with the locals enjoying their afternoon along the beach promenade or an evening with a picnic by the harbor. Everyone is outdoors. There’s no hurry, but doesn’t feel lazy. It feels artistic and relaxed, but vibrant and indulgent. I guess it’s hard to describe, but me gusta España!
The best part… the food is delicious and the wine is cheap! Coming soon, another post all about the food & drink we enjoyed in San Sebastián.
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