10 Reasons to visit San Sebastian orDonostia – even more reasons, but 10 are fine now I was there last March and felt super happy! This is my 200th post – perfect to remember such happiness!
I loved San Sebastian even when raining! Here, going to the Aquarium
Staying for some weeks in San Sebastian was a ride back to my childhood. Now my favorite places in the world are Wales, specifically Tenby, and the Basque Country (France and Spain) – I had one of the happiest times in my whole life, there. Without a pink coat – I bought another there Nostalgia raises self-esteem and optimism, says a study. Which place brings you happy memories?
This bakery is so worth! I forgot the name, but it’s at the end of the famous La Zurriola bridge!
# 1) Food – I’m not a foodie, rather a fussy eater. And food there was incredible, able to please fussy eaters! I eat Basque food since childhood every week (and Italian, too), but the Michelin-starred restaurants there really impressed me! The famous La Bretxa market is great for food shopping!
I chose for pintxos bar-hopping, superb wines and fine dishes, among others, these ones now:
Bergara Bar San Sebastian and the delicious pintxos – I don’t really fancy wine, but even that I liked there!
# 2) European Capital of Culture 2016 – but every year there are amazing festivals, when Hollywood stars visit the city. Plan your visit: Jazzaldia (July) – the name speaks for itself, a jazz festival, partly on the beach! Zinemaldia (September) – San Sebastian International Film Festival and Gastronomika (October) – Food festival, it must be great!
Hotel Maria Cristina, where movie stars stay
# 3) Aquarium – one of the highlights of my life! I looove water – being there was so nice! One of the best oceanariums in Europe and the first natural science museum in Spain. A picture I really expected to be the best was blur, but still, one can see it’s me. I plan to go back there one day, anyway!
# 4) Basque art, history and culture – one of the least understood and mysterious histories ever, therefore so rich and intriguing… go to the San Telmo Museum to learn more – it’s really amazing!
San Telmo Museum
# 5) Nature – amazing views wherever you look at – for ex., the river Urumea runs out into the Cantabrian Sea, on the Bay of Biscay. The mountains, the spectacular views even on the road, really beautiful. Plus, you get a 6 km (3 miles) car free promenade – Paseo Nuevo – to walk and enjoy!
# 6) Urban beaches – Here you can find the 2nd best urban beach in the world, La Concha. There is Zurriola and Ondarreta, too. Good for bathers and surfers!
# 7) Old Town – Getting lost is half the fun! You will walk through the old streets and see fine architecture: buildings, shops and churches.
# 8) Shopping – San Sebastian has a great mix of boho and elegant shops. I have some favorite stores there by now I loved shopping there! Talk about someone who is eager to go back…
Big regret! I didn’t buy these earrings!
# 9) Language – Euskara is the name of the language, with variations, depending on the place. It’s a language of prehistoric origin that has no connection to any other in the world and it’s the most ancient one in Europe. Impressive!
All in 2 languages, just like Wales and Ireland, for example
# 10) The Basque People – very polite, helpful, sweet and warm. Maybe it helped that part of my family comes from the region and I’m seen as “local”, but they’re genuinely nice. They taught me many things in every city, shared personal stories, a lady came to talk to me out of the blue, and a senior couple, plus a bar owner invited for drinks, sharing family stories. I felt like going back “home”, like when one looks for something all the time and finally… finds it. No wonder I’m so nostalgic!
FINISHING TOUCH – MOOD OF THE WEEK
Paris from above
And since the Basque Country is partly in Spain, what about the King and Queen of Spain looking at me? An old bad quality photo, but we were 2 meters apart and I kept it (although I have others)! The next stop was Paris and the Netherlands again, but that’s another chapter
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain
Wishing you a great week with smiles! Thanks for the lovely comments!