Following my trip, I found people asking ‘Where is San Sebastian?’ and to be honest before it was suggested for our girlie weekend away I wasn’t aware either. It is a beautiful city that is located in Northern Spain. Flying out of Manchester on a Friday evening, there’s no need to book the day off work. It’s a short flight, only taking 2 hours. When you arrive, it will take you almost an hour to reach San Sebastian from Bilbao by road. There is a bus that takes you from the airport but we opted for a private taxi as there was 8 of us. The bus is cheaper especially if you are travelling in smaller parties. A private taxi was 25 euros per person with 8 people, the host of the accommodation booked it for us, hassle free.
Upon arrival at our apartments we dumped our bags, freshened up and headed out for some Pintxos & Vinos. It helps if you know a little Spanish in San Sebastian, as the English is limited. As we arrived late we headed out but there wasn’t too much open so we settled for a burger bar and drinks.
The next day we decided to have a little nosey round and got to take in the views across the bay and sample some Pintxos in the old town. There was a wedding at the Cathedral so it was busy and a perfect setting for the happy couple. We found a lovely cheese shop just around the corner from our apartments and bought a bottle or four of Vino. It was only 2-4 euros for a bottle!
We headed out to the old town in the evening, where there are streets bustling with lots of people sampling Pintxos and Vino. ‘Jose Mari’ was one of my favourite Pintxos bars, where I had goats cheese and sundried tomato on bread.
The sun-dried tomato was out of this world, washed down nicely with a glass of Vino Tinto. Pintxos ranged from 2-4 euros per piece. We went from one to the next without a care in the world. Gambas bruschetta was another favourite. We ended up in a lively bar on the corner by the Cathedral. We danced the night away until they closed.
We woke up a little late and worse for wear, we had some brunch at a lovely café called ‘Maiatza’ in Donostia. The food was beautiful here, very tasty! We then headed to La Perla, the spa on the beachfront. We booked in for 2 hours which cost us 18 euros each, this was with group discount. You need to wear a cap for your hair, you can buy them at reception but we found it more cost effective to buy in advance. We managed to find some from a small supermarket for 1.20 euros. You can rent a towel there for 1.50 euros.
When entering the spa there are a variety of pools with varying temperature. From a Jacuzzi hot tub that looks out onto the beach, pool with massage stations, colder pool with exercise machines, water beds, sauna & plunge pool. There is enough to keep you busy for at least a couple of hours, we enjoyed it so much that we could have stayed longer. A great afternoon chilling in the spa was had by all. Treatments are available but they were a bit on the pricey side. http://www.la-perla.net/en/
Take a walk up to visit Jesus from the town takes approx. 15 minutes to the top for spectacular views of the bay and City. Shopping is another delight in San Sebastian from fashion to chocolatiers.
San Sebastian was so much fun, over indulging and enjoy Basque cuisine.
Increíble San Sebastian!
UK- based writer who is happiest when combining her two loves: travel & gin.