San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

Though the rain that came down our first day in San Sebastian didn’t deter us from exploring the city, we were happy to see that when we woke up the next day it was beautiful and sunny. The city was a completely different place in the sun. The rain left the city streets moody and the water feeling angry, where the sun, as it always does, brought life and vitality to everything around us.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

We woke up and had a few quick bites and then headed out for some exploring. We wandered back in to the Old Town area to see what the streets would be like in the sun. Sure enough it was beautiful, alive, and the light couldn’t have been more perfect. We thought originally we would climb to the top of the hill that we had been to the day before, but instead decided to make our way around the bay to the funicular that would take us up to the highest viewpoint in San Sebastian. We thought since the weather was so amazing it would be the perfect thing to do on such a nice day.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

As we wandered through the streets, we stopped out of 100% curiosity, not hungry, at a pinto bar called Zeruko because of how incredible and crazy their pintxos looked in comparison to some of the others we had seen. We felt we couldn’t miss the chance to grab a couple and give them a try, mostly because we honestly had no idea what we would be eating. To this day I am not sure we still know exactly what we ate. Many of the pieces felt like art to us. With edible gold leafing, stuffed sea urchin shells, and the list goes on and on. It was a wild array of food we heard we would potentially experience in San Sebastian.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

After our snack we wandered down to the water and took in all the weekend life that was happening. There were many families out and about shopping, heading to the beach, riding the carousel, or even simply enjoying a light lunch at a cafe.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

When we got to the water we thought it would be really nice to head down to the beach and wander along the shore before the tide came in. It was nearly 70 degrees and the sun couldn’t feel more amazing. I was so wishing I had been brave enough to wear my sandals so I could easily dip my toes in the icy water that was the perfect shade of turquoise.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

As we walked along the beach toward the other side of the city we felt 100% renewed and ready for the adventure of seeing an awesome view of this city that had quickly won our hearts.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

On the other side of the bay we followed the signs for the funicular, bought our tickets for 3 euros a piece, and jumped on the small tram up the hill. Many of the cities that have a lot of hills have had trams like this or even escalators that make it a little easy to move around. We were excited to give one a try. Wes and ready about taking the tram up in the New York Times 36 hours in San Sebastian and told us this was a must.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

When we got to the top we couldn’t have agreed more with him. The ride was worth every cent of that 3 euros. I am all about finding the highest places in cities and to get a chance to see the enter town from above. This time was no different, but unlike many other cities, San Sebastian had not only a gorgeous city, but an incredible landscape as well. It is the first major town along the northern coast of Spain and is the perfect starting point for a drive along this amazing coast .

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

After arriving in the old theme park we decided it would be a lot of fun to climb a little higher and get up to the top of a tower to get the full effect. We made our way up and were blown away by the view around us in every angle. San Sebastian was unbelievable in every way to us whether wandering the streets and nabbing pintxos at various bars or hiking the many hills and mountains around it. There was so much this city offered.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

Once we felt we had gotten the view we were hoping for we headed back down to the city, grabbed a quick coffee and snack and then shopped for a while. We learned that Zara and Mango are must-dos here as they offer unique things to the country they originate in. Sure enough I saw and nabbed a piece or two I had not seen in the US catalog.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

We ended the day by heading back to Bodega Donasterria as we were craving the experience and that fresh tuna and anchovy sandwich again. Not to mention we couldn’t say no to the super cheap Txakoli they just poured way to easily there.

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

San Sebastian, Spain: Day 8  |  The Fresh Exchange

We felt really sad thinking this would be our last full day in San Sebastian, but felt excited for our next day driving the coast of northern Spain on our way to our next stop, Bilbao.

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  1. Ah, you’re so lucky you had sun! Though I don’t know if I could’ve made myself leave San Sebastian had I had the same good fortune 😉 glad you had a chance to try Zeruko’s gorgeous pinxtos, too.

  2. San Sebastian is so beautiful- I’m glad you had a wonderful time! Be sure to take a long walk down the central street in Bilbao- there are such wonderful shops and significant Basque structures.

  3. How funny and incredible at the same time!!
    I was surfing your extraordinary blog, enjoying your stilysh way of describing your moments in life, almost living them by myself, when I suddenly entered into your travel posts and read you came to my city, to San Sebastian.
    I have to confess that my first feeling was strange, like if you should have called in advance so I could show you the city accordingly, like a nice host that needs to be as generous as the visitor is with her blog.
    Then, I realized that you were enjoying your time and getting the right idea of what this small city can offers.
    If feelings could be measured, I hope you enjoyed Donostia as much as I do reading your blog.

  4. Come back soon! It’s nice to know you’ve been here. I feel so proud and lucky for living in San Sebastian (or Donostia, in Basque), and thanks to you, your blog and your lovely pictures I love this city even more!

  5. Megan, these posts are coming in so helpful for an upcoming trip my husband and I are planning to Spain and Portugal. I was curious if you felt any problems with carrying a backpack in Spain. I’ve been debating what bag to carry around the city since, specifically in the bigger cities, pickpocketing is supposed to be really bad. Thanks for being so descriptive and informative!

  6. Hey guys. Can you recommend a place to stay in San Sebastian? My husband and I are heading there in late August.

    Loving all the posts. You guys must be exhausted with all the traveling you’ve been doing!

    1. Hey Andy!

      We are doing a big list at the end of our trip, but I used Airbnb. We did not enjoy our space we stayed in at all so I will not recommend it, but there are quite a few I pulled that were really awesome. I also used Hostelworld.com to find great places as well as booking.com while we traveled. I do not have a good specific rec, but this guy (https://www.airbnb.com/s?host_id=167136) had some amazing properties in the area. I would suggest staying near Old town or on the east side of the city to save money but if you are okay not saving money (it can be pricey) then staying in the bay area is super nice!

  7. Great! I will definitely keep an eye out for the ’round up’ post. We are surfing the SW coast of France in August and heading to San Sebastián for 4 days after that. Can’t wait!
    What a shame you didn’t love the San Sebastián accommodation. Oh well – what’s great is that you had so many other fabulous places. Safe travels home. Glad to hear you’ve had a fabulous trip. Spain really is amazing.