San Sebastian

San Sebastian, or Donostia in Basque, is an attractive city located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay just 12 miles from the French border. Basque country, like Catalonia, is an autonomous region with its own language and history.

Bay of La Concha (Bahía de la Concha/Kontxako Badia)
Bay of La Concha (Bahía de la Concha/Kontxako Badia)

We stayed at the modern and stylish Pensión Ondarra, which was located across the river Urumea. We spent the next couple days relaxing on pristine beaches and exploring the city’s Old Quarter, which is called Zurriola.

Pensión Ondarra
Pensión Ondarra
Pensión Ondarra
Pensión Ondarra
San Sebastian street view
San Sebastian street view
Drew sneaking around on the Zurriola Bridge
Drew sneaking around on the Zurriola Bridge
Lots of pintxos eateries on Calle de Fermín Calbetón
Lots of pintxos eateries on Calle de Fermín Calbetón
Jini enjoying the beach
Jini enjoying the beach
Bahía de la Concha
Playa de la Concha

San Sebastian is known as one of the world’s greatest cities for food. It is ranked second in the world for most Michelin stars per capita, only behind Kyoto, Japan. Additionally, two of the world’s top ten best restaurants can be found here.

In addition to its world-class restaurants, the city features tasty snacks similar to tapas called pintxos, which are found in the bars of the Old Quarter. You just walk up, pick out the ones you want and pay. Not only is the food amazing, but it’s a truly unique experience! We ate pintxos for dinner both nights.

Pintxos part 1
Pintxos part 1
Pintxos part 2
Pintxos part 2
Pintxos part 3
Pintxos part 3
Pintxos part 4
Pintxos part 4
Pintxos part 5
Pintxos part 5
Pintxos part 6
Pintxos part 6

On the last morning, we checked out of our fancy pensión, grabbed a couple pastries from a nearby bakery, and headed west toward Portugal.

Mmmm pain au chocolat...you can tell we're closer to France
Mmmm pain au chocolat…you can tell we’re closer to France