Scenic San Sebastián
I spent three nights in this scenic coastal city in northern Spain. One of my favourite places I have visited in the world. San Sebastián is very compact and easily walked in a day, however there are so many hidden gems. In hindsight I wish that I had stayed longer.
San Sebastián is well known for its gastronomy as there are several Michelin Stars spread across this foodie city. The most iconic food however is Pintxos - a type of Tapas, the cold tapas options are set out on the bar so that you can help yourself and you can order hot tapas from the menu. Although you can sit down, Pintxos is best enjoyed with a glass of vino, standing up and socialising and picking as you go... It is common to move from bar to bar and eat a couple of Pintxos in each!
Whilst in San Sebastián, I walked along the beaches and the coastline, I went up Mount Ugull to see the Statue of Christ at the top and to get fantastic panoramic views over the city. I walked to the Palace which has a fantastic outdoor art exhibition in the gardens and admired street art on the promenade. I bought a beautiful tile which was hand painted by a local man who used predominantly his hands to create this work of art.
I hiked the coastal path from San Sebastián to Pasaia via Mount Ulia which was a beautiful, scenic coastal hike - the walk takes about 2hrs 30 minutes. The port town of Pasaia is small but a good place to have a pit stop and refuel from the hike before jumping on the E9 Bus back to San Sebastián! Read more about the hike here
Sunbathing is always a good option with a selection of beaches to choose from however on a good day and in summer they do get very crowded...
Walking in the city itself you find wonderful buildings, churches, cathedrals, basilicas and all the major shops - San Sebastián is the European City of Culture 2016! I was lucky enough to be here during the "San Sebastian Musical Fortnight" where free music concerts pop up all over the city. I attended an Organ Concert in the San Sebastián Cathedral which was something different with an incredible atmosphere and fantastic music.
San Sebastián is generally a very wanderable city with something for everyone to enjoy and lots of things to stumble upon. Plenty of beaches are spread across San Sebastián whether you want to Surf, learn to Surf, Swim, Kayak or simply sunbathe! There's the iconic Maria Cristina bridge which crosses the river that divides the city. Not too far from the bridge there is a local market full of trinkets, jewellery and clothing. And of course there is the amazing food and a little bar/restaurant "La Vina" that is famous for its Baked Cheesecake (it's worth trying trust me!)