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Aug 30, 2008 - San Sebastian - Hiking along the Coast

On Saturday, we woke up early, packed our picnic lunch from the market, and headed to Zurriola Beach to do some hiking. It took us a little while to actually find the trail head but the search was worth it. The trail followed the coastline east from the beach, giving us one spectacular view after another. It was so nice to get away from the city for a little while and enjoy the fresh air and ocean breeze. We found a little grassy outcropping with an amazing view and decided it was the perfect spot for our picnic. Ham and cheese sandwiches...

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Aug 29, 2008 - San Sebastian - La Rioja Winery Tour

We spent the morning doing some more sightseeing and tapas sampling but the main event of the day was a side trip to the town of Elciego to visit a winery. We drove south from San Sebastian, through the mountains to tour the oldest vineyard in the Rioja region, the Marques de Riscal. Besides boasting the oldest vineyard and winery, the Marques de Riscal is now home to a beautiful new five-star hotel designed by Frank Gehry, aptly named the “City of Wine.” Gehry’s inspiration was a leafy, flowing grapevine protruding from a sturdy branch....

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Aug 28, 2008 - San Sebastian - Silken Amara Plaza Hotel

San Sebastian is a beautiful seaside resort on the Northern coast of Spain, on the Bay of Biscay. The city is really serene, surrounded by mountains on all sides except for the north where it meets the sea. A slow, lazy river winds through the eastern side of the city eventually flowing into the bay. The beaches are definitely the main attraction in town with the La Concha being the popular favorite among families and the older crowd while the more tempestuous Zurriola beach is home to surfers and teenagers. San Sebastian has long been...

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May 23, 2008 - San Sebastian

Wow, I guess we really need to update. San Sebastian feels like a million years ago. Okay, so we took an overnight train from Lisbon to San Sebastian which was actually a nice way to go. We had our own room on the train...actually we booked a room with three beds in it and kept our fingers crossed that nobody would claim the third (and top) bunk - we lucked out! And we also met some lovely people. We arrived and really liked the town of San Sebastian, also know in Basque as Donostia, right away. It has beautiful beaches, amazing food and of...

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Sep 15, 2007 - San Sebastian (ESPANHA)

Fuimos a San Sebastian, siempre en carro. Es muy bonito, frente al mar, bien ordenado, limpio y con buena comida, aunque se ha vuelto super caro para ser Espanha. Como siempre tomamos el busesito turistico que te lleva por todas partes, aunque no hay tanto para ver...

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Jul 21, 2007 - Bayonne to San Sebastian, Spain

Today we leave for San Sebastian in Spain, but not until the middle of the afternoon, so we spent time this morning walking about Bayonne in the pedestrian street, window shopping. Bayonne has a festival in August which involves the running of the cows. We narrowly avoided one in the streets of Bayonne during our walk. We had a grande time catching the train in Bayonne...the departure board indicated that our coach would be at the far end of the station so we waited in that area for the train to arrive and when it did we boarded the train...

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Jun 10, 2007 - San Sebastian / Donostia

Thursday June 7 Walked from the bus station to our pension in the old town. Our longest walk with packs yet. Found that we were in the centre of everything. San Sebastian is in the heart of Basque country. The Basques have their own language, Euskerra. It does not look like or sound very Spanish at all - it is one of Europe's few languages with no direct link to the classical languages of the countries surrounding it (another being Hungarian). It has roots in the Sanskrit language. During the reign of the fascist General Franco, this...

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Aug 29, 2006 - San Sebastian, Basque country, northern Spain

Hola¿ We are staying in a Pension, like a mini hotel, above the main square in an old part of the town. The square used to contain the town hall and also used to be a bull fighting ring! We are a few minutes walk from a bay several kilometres long that contains a beautiful sandy beach. (Just as good as Australia) Consequently it is quite touristy, but that means there are lots of bars and restaurtants, some English spoken, laundromats and conveniences. There are not many waves, so there are pontoons a couple of hundred metres out with...

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Aug 3, 2006 - San Sebastián

As we arrived in San Sebastián the first thing we noticed was that the temprature was about 7 degrees cooler than anywhere else we had been. The town is very green, a lot of trees and parks around which we haven't seen a lot of lately. The streets are lined with clubs, pubs and Tapas bars. We all got shipped off to different hostels and lucky for us by the sounds of things we got the best hostel. It looked like an old office turned into a hostel, nice wooden floors (although on a very sloped angle) nice white decor and really friendly...

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Jul 12, 2006 - San Sebastian, Spain

Well add photos soon, we forgot the memory card for the camera for this town. San Sebastian recieved a number of good reviews from lots of people we know or met on the trip, so we went. It's a surfer town on the Atlantic coast of spain. The town is based around 3 or 4 beaches, one of which has big waves and many young people surfing. We were at the farthest of the beaches, but it was still only a 20 or 30 minute walk from downtown. The boardwalk is a nice walk too, along the beaches edge. By day its flooded with people in bathing suits and...

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Jul 8, 2006 - San Sebastian & Zarautz

San Sebastian is a very popular place, especially with the wealthy Spaniards and we quickly got denied at the San Sebastian campground. After two more denials, we finally found a spot on the top of a hill in Zarautz, several km's down the coast. We had a great view from our cliff top site, & the trek down the hill was worth it for the swim in the nice, long beach. It was fairly easy to get the train into SS, but the weather was still not quite back up to what we were hoping for. San Sebastian was covered in low cloud with a chilly breeze...

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Jul 8, 2006 - San Sebastian

Well, Getting to this place turned out to be far more dramatic then anticipated. Partly my fault I suppose. My last night in Cordoba I was chilling out over a beer and the World Cup match when these two cute girls from Estonia started chatting me up. Turns out they just started their travels of Spain and hadnt met many people so we decided to team up and head out on the town. Was a fun time and all but long story short, I only got in with a few ours to spare for sleep and as a result slept in, only waking up with about 20 mins to get...

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