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What do you know about San Sebastian?

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1. Posted by fia (Budding Member 54 posts) 11y

A friend of mine suggested that we go to San Sebastian next summer, must admit that I've never herd of the place Looking into it, atleast now I know where in Spain it's located. Anyone got any info about this place? Nice place for a summer vacation for a week or two? Lots of tourists? Expensive? Thanx

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Hi fia,

I just recently spend a weekend in San Sebastian and really loved it. Not only it´s right by the ocean, but also the old part of the city is very pretty with lots of narrow streets and apparently the most Tapa Bars per square metre in Spain. In summer, I can imagine it to be full of tourists and I also noticed that prices for accomodation are higher as well (if you need advice about hostels feel free to pm me). Spending two weeks in the city might be a bit much,it appears fairly small after all, but how about staying a week and travel around the Basque country for another?

Hope this helps,


3. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

Hello fia!!!

Steff is right in everything she says... One week in San Sebastian is too much. Plus summer time is high season in the city and even pensions have high prices... I would recommend you to stay in nearby places such as Hondarribia, right in the border with france.

I used to do many itineraries around the basque country in the inbound travel agency where I worked, plus I am Basque!!!... Girl, in two weeks you can do so many things in the Basque Country. If you come in August you can even enjoy the fiestas in Vitoria, San Sebastian or Bilbao (I must admit that the ones in Bilbao are the best!!!) and in July you have the San Fermines, but that's really packed....

About the amount of tourists... Unfortunately the Basque Country is not very touristy, but fortunately it is not packed with foreigners... But interior tourism is quite numerous (spaniards coming to the basque country I mean).

An itinerary that I think it would suit you could be:

- Arrival to Bilbao and spend there 4 nights
- Head to Ayala Valley (this is quite rural, very nice to eat and relax for 1 day) and spend there 1 night
- Then to Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, for 2 nights
- Next destination: Rioja Alavesa, 2 nights to enjoy wine should be OK
- Head north to San Sebastian for the next 4 nights
- Last 2 nights in Bakio or Mundaka two major surf coast-points, before taking the flight back from Bilbao (it's the easist point to get into the Basque Country)

Or if you don't feel like moving so much, you can base yourself in the cities basically and do one-day trips from there. I could recommend you sooooooo maaaaaaany places, that I get excited only thinking about the places you could see!!!

Hope the post isn't too long and you get bored of it... Distances in the Basque Country are small. I.e. Bilbao to Vitoria = 60Km (1 hour) / Bilbao to San Sebastian = 100km (1h30m), etc...

Let me know if you need anything. There is a youth hostel in Bilbao, and the region is full of "Casas Rurales" or country homes, very confortable, clean, and most of them run by traditional basque people (who worked in agriculture before for example, have have turned their homes into rural homes, providing accommodation and sometimes even home made meals), at very reasonable prices.

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This info should be fine to start with, but any advice, I would love so much to help you!!!!

4. Posted by kl123 (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

I have only very good memories from San Sebastian from last June.
I think you will find a week is just enough there, but then you can see around , for example Biarritz in France and Huesca in Spain are worth visiting.

Have a nice trip!

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