This post started off on another tangent but very quickly evolved when I looked through the photos. Initially it was gonna show you an aspect of San Sebastian I really enjoyed (the eating and drinking) but when I started looking through the photos, I realised there’s no way I could do that without showing you what San Sebastian is really like! Also, I couldn’t fit all the photos in one post without this post taking ages to load so I’m gonna have to cover our gluttony in another post!

Right, now on with San Sebastian! Shortly after checking into Hotel Londres, we were itching to go check out the city and so after some ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaahing’ over the hotel rooms and the view, we ventured out into the city…

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First stop – city hall!So Here

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As though the city wasn’t pretty enough, I got distracted along the way by some sweet stuff! But this post isn’t about food so let’s quickly skip past this (it’s already making me hungry!)So Here

The city streets were filled with lots of family and friends out for food and drinks which is more of ‘an event’ than in most places of the world.So Here

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Check out the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus – pretty impressive, right?So Here

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We popped into a few local bars for drinks and nibbles…

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We the went to check out the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus which I found pretty brilliant!

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Check out San Sebastian Cathedral in the distance!

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Mmmmmm…. ice cream!

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Which was the perfect companion for a walk on the beach! Perfect until it was all gone! (Boo!)So Here

Family life is such an important part of life in the Basque Country…So Here

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Everyone and every pet was in the water!

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Especially this guy who was attracting a lot of attention for this jumping off the bridge in some pretty impressive leaps and twists…. (I don’t know what those things are officially called!)

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See, I told you everyone was jumping into the water!

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As the sun dipped across the horizon, we went off to check out these cool vents which blew air up when the waves came crashing it! Milou was having a blast getting herself some hair-apy (hair therapy! Yes? No? 😉 )So Here

Patrizia was loving it too!

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The denim jacket and black jeans combo was not planned but looked pretty good methinks!So Here

We also checked out the Comb of the Wind. They’re metal structures wedges into the rocks and they’re quite impressive to see in person!So Here

Finally, we made our way back to the hotel for a quick change before dinner! But before that, we took in all the sights across the pier! It’s so beautiful at night! So Here

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So HereI tried to hold off talking about food for long enough but I can’t wait till I can show you that soon! Basque country is pretty much food country and it is amazing! 🙂


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  • I only knew about San Sebastian through a) your blog post and b) Rick Stein travelling there! But I have a couple of questions for you please..

    1) How long do you recommend staying in San Sebastian? Not whirlwind tour like but enough to enjoy the sights and sounds of Basque life. Will three days be enough?

    2) How do you even get there from London? I thought London gets you everywhere but searching flights it looks like you need to go through Madrid or something? Help please!

    Thanks! Diana xx | http://www.londongirldiana.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hey Diana

      San Sebastian really is an amazing place to visit. You are definitely right – 3 days will give you enough time to have a a taste of Basque life… particularly the delicious food!

      We flew into Bilbao with a number of UK airlines serving the City – then renting a hire-car to visit San Sebastian.

      Have you visited yet or still planning?

      Lloyd x

  • Great post! San Sebastián is clearly one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, and the food is just fantastic! I got the chance to visit for the first time not too long ago and absolutely loved it there. I actually wrote a post about my stay on my own blog if you’d like to check it out. Let me know what you think! 🙂

    https://www.arwtravels.com/blog/san-sebastian-spain-two-days-pearl-cantabrian-sea

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya