Jo and Pete's travels travel blog

Monte Igeldo - we took the funicular to the top for sweeping...

La Concha beach and promenade at night

Meson Portaletas - Pintxos bar typical of those in Basque region

Basque region produce - the Rioja wine region is about an hour...


The natural beauty of San Sebastian is captivating, from its mountain peaks overlooking a rugged coastline to its bay and beaches. The bay and beaches are all within walking distance of the city centre and offer the calm waters of La Concha and Ondarreta for swimming, paddle-boarding, spearfishing and sailing while Zurriola is a surf beach. The wide promenade which stretches the whole length is great for strolling and taking in the views.

Northern Spain is well known for its Pintxos (pronounced Pinchos) which are the region's form of tapas with a skewer/toothpick through it. They are typically displayed on the bar for customers to make their choice and are very yummy. On our last night in San Sebastian we'd planned to savour them in the recommended way ie go from one establishment to the next sampling the different varieties of Pintxos on offer.

We started in Meson Portaletas in the old town where there are lots and lots of bars to choose from. After we made a selection of Pintxos and took our seats Peter spied the TV screen with the Australia / Argentina world rugby game being played live. That was it for the night as we settled in to watch the game with another Aussie couple who had just come from a tour in the UK watching the rugby games.



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