If San Sebastian Spain is not on your bucket list, then your list is definitely incomplete. This European city is situated at the northeast edge of the Basque region in Spain. The city has an interesting mix of Basque and Spanish cultures and traditions, which makes it a unique gem. Opt to stay in one of the best vacation rentals here to get to experience these traditions and the local flavors.
Nature has bestowed it with lush hillsides and golden beaches and then it has an undeniable appeal from its revered dining scene. The place has grand architecture and a packed cultural calendar all the year round.
The captivating coastline has two amazing beaches: Playa de Ondarreta and Playa de la Concha with a picturesque bayfront promenade. The surfers have a gala time here riding the powerful waves that roll off just behind the hipster enclave of Gros in Playa de la Zurriola. There’s also a small hilly island, Isla de Santa Clara, which is a lovely place to hang around on a steamy afternoon. The other vantage points here are Monte Igueldo and Monte Urgull.
Besides having an alluring coastline, San Sebastian is known as the culinary capital of Spain. It is one of the world’s greatest dining destinations where the art of eating is celebrated in many forms. You can snack on fresh oysters and txakoli or Pintxos. Normally, when people think of Spanish food, it is tapas that come to their mind. Pintxos can be considered as the sophisticated younger cousin of tapas. Pintxos bars are littered all over the streets of the city showcasing the culinary creativity of Basque chefs. You can keep hopping from one to another sampling everything right from veal cheek to squid ink risotto. They use the best ingredients procured from the surrounding coast as and countryside.
This city has a massive appeal. You can stroll down its charming and colorful streets stopping to have a bite of their exemplary cuisine and then have a long walk at the pristine beaches to burn the calories that you have gulped down. Besides this loitering around and getting completely relaxed right up to the soul, there are some other activities that you can do.
There are some great hikes available that give you a fantastic and unbeatable view of this beautiful city against the backdrop of the blue ocean. Mount Igueldo has a famous amusement park where you can actually hike your way up. This park has a roller coaster ride along the cliff.
If you are a foodie who loves to laze around beaches, then San Sebastian sure deserves a hot spot on your travel bucket list.