Spain, Portugal and Morocco travel blog

We were up early to catch the train. We walked across town noting the shipyard, some unique buildings and took some time to figure out how to buy our tickets from the machine. Once done, we headed through the ticket styles to the tracks. We are had to wait till 9a as the 8.30a was being repaired--within view. The ride took us over rivers, stopped at 7 stations, and in less than 1/2 hour we were in a taxi heading to the funicular in San Sebastian. We had to wait till 11a to go up the mountain but it was worth the wait.

The view out over the city is awesome. We could see Cristobel on the opposite lower mountain. We walked around the amusement park and before noon had taken the funicular back down.

We had met and talked to a nephrologist from Madrid. As we walked along the U-shaped Playa Concha, he suggested we visit the Madrigal Palace which had been the summer palace of the queen. It is beautiful from the outside but there was no entry. The public can wander through the beautiful gardens which we did. Back on the beach we ambled to La Perla,a seaside restaurant and enjoyed our first real meal in days.

From here we went on to the 'old town'. The town was destroyed during the 1813 war and has been rebuilt since the fire. The cathedral at the bottom of the smaller mountain is beautiful but charges an entry fee. There are many pintxo bars with many delicious looking pintxos. We wandered the streets, walked along the wharf, admired much, and caught the 3.50p train back to Zumaia. We had spent a delightful day walking but with sore feet were glad to be 'home'.

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