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San Sebastián

Donostia / San Sebastián, PV, Spain
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After spending a few days in Bilbao, we made our way up to the northwestern coast of Spain. Along the way, we stopped at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (which I wrote another story about and I feel is a must see in Basque Country!)We stayed about 15-20 minutes outside of San Sebastián in a town called Getaria, but we spent time in San Sebastián during the days.As we were there in early April, it wasn’t quite beach weather yet, but San Sebastián is a very popular beach/surfing destination in summer. It was still nice to walk along the water and explore the city. There was also a carousel right near the water, and lots of public playgrounds, great for kids!The old town of San Sebastián is a lot of fun to wander around, with little shops and pintxo bars lining the streets. If you aren’t familiar with pintxos, they are basically the Basque version of tapas. They use a lot of Iberian ham (which is amazing, even to me who doesn’t usually like that sort of thing. It is made from pigs who eat acorns and it really does affect the flavor!), peppers, anchovies and other fish, cheeses, etc. Croquettes are also a popular pintxo option. We just ate pintxos for dinner most nights, because that way we got to try a large variety of local foods each evening.Another popular thing in Basque Country is called Kalimotxo. It is just equal parts red wine and Coca Cola, but I really enjoyed it, and the locals seemed to like that I knew it by name whenever I ordered it!
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Culture and experiences

Basílica de Santa María del Coro
Basílica de Santa María del Coro
A neat church at the end of one of the old town streets.

For kids

Carrusel de San Sebastián
Carousel with a great view of the water and beach. Small playground right next to it.

Points of interest

Beach of La Concha
Beach of La Concha
The main beach in San Sebastián. Very popular destination in summer


Casa Alcalde
Casa Alcalde
Nice pintxo bar in San Sebastián with a lot of variety

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