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Kaixo! San Sebastian

A May 2004 trip to San Sebastian by dj_canela

Aita Mari Photo, San Sebastian, Spain More Photos
Quote: A true gem of a city awaits you on the Basque coast of Spain. San Sebastian is a laid-back seaside resort with gorgeous beaches and the maze-like Parte Vieja offering the best restaurants, bars, and shopping. Enjoy the promenade (malecon) on a romantic midnight stroll.

Kaixo! San Sebastian

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Overview

San Sebastian / Donostia Photo, San Sebastian, Spain
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Less than 20 miles from the French border, this coastal city enjoys sunny weather throughout the year and sits among rolling green hills. What I remember most is strolling the beach promenade to La Parte Vieja, home to the greatest concentration of bars and restaurants in Spain. Walking late at night through the alleys, I can peek into interesting storefronts featuring traditional Basque clothing, nautical souvenirs, and even hemp lotion. I wander past some young hipsters handing out fliers for discounted admission to local nightclubs. During the day, I enjoy hiking the trails of Monte Urgull for picture perfect views of San Sebastian, then afterwards, resting on the mini pier in front of th...Read More

Hotel Codina

Hotel

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Only a few blocks from Playa Ondarreta, the hotel offers clean, average rooms. The hotel website mentions that it is currently undergoing renovations, so any complaints from websites will no longer be valid. Ladies: the front desk staff at night is a GORGEOUS Basque boy. I booked this hotel online a few days prior to arrival, with buffet breakfast included in the rate. I didn't mind that it wasn't centrally located, as the bus stop in front of the hotel offers quick service to La Parte Vieja. Plus, every day in San Sebastian concluded with a nice leisurely stroll along the beach walk back to my hotel. You'll pay less to stay on this side of the bay.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Hotel Codina
Avda Zumalacarregui 21
San Sebastian, Spain 20008
+34 94321-2200

Aita Mari

Restaurant

Aita Mari Photo, San Sebastian, Spain
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Fabulous! This is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. Located in La Parte Vieja, this restaurant is run by a hardworking brother and sister from Venezuela. We had asked around town for recommendations, and each person we spoke to referred to this place. The downstairs is a bar, with stairs to the restaurant on the second floor. From the restaurant, you will enjoy views of Isla de Santa Clara. I dined here with my dad, feasting on appetizers, a bottle of red wine, the main course, and dessert. Our bill was less than $100. I don't consider myself a foodie, but after this dining experience, I just may change that.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2005

Aita Mari
C/ Puerto 23
San Sebastian, Spain
943 43 13 59

La Concha, Ondarreta & La Zurriola Beaches

Attraction | "Recovery from Tanorexia"

La Concha, Ondarreta & La Zurriola Beaches Photo, San Sebastian, Spain
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Considered one of the most beautiful city beaches in Europe, San Sebastian actually has three beaches: Playa de La Concha, Playa de Ondarreta, and La Zurriola. You can count a fourth beach if you include Isla de Santa Clara, the tiny island in the middle of the bay that has a lighthouse and small wharf with ferry service available from the harbor. July and August will bring the most crowds to the beach. La Concha is the most crowded beach, but Ondaretta has the best swimming. Remember that in Europe they do sunbathe topless.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 19, 2005

La Concha, Ondarreta & La Zurriola Beaches
Throughout San Sebastian
San Sebastian, Spain

Bric à Brac

Attraction | "Bric a Brac"

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I think vintage clothing can make for great souvenirs. No one else will be wearing it, and when someone asks where you got it, you can mention the city you visited. Fur coats, ponchos, and lots of '60s dresses line the racks at this thrift-store boutique. When I stopped, in they were having a sale, offering up to 60% off some items. Pick up a leather jacket or funky dress here. Sizes are smaller, with no American sizes, like XL, but browse around and you're bound to find something.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Bric à Brac
San Jerónimo, 12
San Sebastián-Donostia, Spain 20003
+34 94 342 5360

Zaharra Teatro

Attraction

Zaharra Teatro Photo, San Sebastian, Spain
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Inaugurated in 1850 with a capacity of 500, the programming alternates between film and theater. We enjoyed the play "Bohemios" and even sat next to the wife of one of the main characters, a very talented actor from Madrid.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2005

Zaharra Teatro
K. Nagusia/C. Mayor, 3
San Sebastian, Spain
943 424126