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