San Sebastian

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August, 2017

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Family including children under 16

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As part of our tour of the northern coast of Spain, we spent a couple of days at San Sebastián, which is in the most north easterly corner of Spain, almost at the French border. It’s now my favourite Spanish town, due to its wonderful eating establishments, beautiful beach, incredible shops and relaxed atmosphere.

We stayed at the aire in our motor home (it’s a cross between a campsite and a car park) for only €7 per night for the four of us. We cycled into town on the well marked cycle paths whic took about 20 minutes.

In San Sebastián, food arranged on the bar is known as Pintxos, or tapas. You order whatever food you want by pointing and the bar staff help you. Pintxos are mainly small, tasty snacks, and you can choose a wide variety to suit your taste.

San Sebastián is said to be the town to have the most Michelin stars in the world… 16 altogether. We weren’t timely (or wealthy!) enough to dine at a Michelin starred restaurant but we did try La Fabrica (recommended in our favourite travel guide, the Lonely Planet) where we had 3 excellent courses at an amazing standard and a fair price.

I’d highly recommend the beach too – warm sea, fresh water showers, gorgeous views across the bay to a couple of little islands… the only drawback was it was quite crowded. I guess everyone loves San Sebastián!!


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