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We left the rolling vineyards of France behind and headed for the South West border between France and Spain. Known to many as Basque Country. San Sebastian is located at the southern end of the Bay of Biscay.
The original Old City walls of the city is protected by the large fortress on Monte Urgull. We stayed in the Old City which was guaranteed to be in the hub and to be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of tapas bars spilling over onto the street corners, lots of shouts and screaming of excited tourists having sangria by the jug load.
It was perfect to be central for a two day exploration of the place. The location of San Seb is stunning. Built around a natural harbour, which is still a working, it was lovely just sit back along the sea wall and watch the to-ing and fro-ing of busy fishing vessels coming in and out with the catch of the day.
I fell in love with the nautical themed boats, paintings and white walls of San Seb, the details were stunning…
Last minute we booked an Air BnB which I have to say has been my saving grace if you haven’t quite planned ahead. You generally get some great places at really good prices.
Above is the view from ours that we rented in Old Town and the view was awesome and some great people watching was to be had.
We arrived mid-afternoon, checked into our apartment and went for a brisk walk up to the beautiful fortress which originally protected the old town from invaders.
An absolute must as they have exceptional views from the top, it is all free to take a peak at this almighty fortress with a beautiful windy road all the way up (wear sensible shoes!).
As I am sure some of you know that Spain is renowned for its tapas and San Seb is no exception. Every bar is lined with delicious seafood and savoury delicacies. All you do is pick up a plate and help yourself. There are some bars offering better tapas than others. Our golden rule was to head where it was busy, then we were sure that we weren’t missing out.
We trundled back down the hill from Mount Urgull and headed straight for the bar, thirsty for a few cold beers, cold Rose wine and ready to sample the tapas, we were certainly not disappointed.
We scoffed our faces in this bar above in old town and headed to the next, where again we loaded up our plates and sampled more. I cannot tell you how delicious these tapas were.
The whole relaxed style of tapas has got my mind whirring for some dinners that I will be doing for my buddies when back on home soil.
Join me tomorrow on my day two adventure around San Sebastian…