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Discovering the Magic of Donostia- San Sebastián with #TravelerOntheGo Laura Carolina

View of La Concha beach from Monte Igueldo.

This summer I decided to spend it in Spain to take a course of studies in Madrid. As I was not going to be working or generating income, I decided to be an Au Pair so I would not have to pay for lodging or food during my stay in the country. In the months of June and July, I had the opportunity to travel to different cities in Spain and then I tell you about the city that stole my heart.

La Concha plate, Donostia, San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain.

Where did you go on a trip / vacation and how long did you visit that place?

I went to Donostia-San Sebastián, in the Basque Country, Spain.

Make a brief description of your experience.

There are places in the world that one should visit at least once in life, I would say that in Spain, that place is San Sebastian. I have had the opportunity to travel to different parts of Europe, including countries such as Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, etc … but very few places have impressed me as much as this coastal city. Its people, its landscapes, its food, and the different cultures that meet visiting this city make San Sebastian a truly magical place.

The railings that surround La Concha beach have become the icon of Donostia-San Sebastián. King Alfonso XIII inaugurated the walk of the rails in 1916.

What was your favorite activity to do?

My favorite activities to do in San Sebastian were to reach Monte Igueldo by taking the cable car, going up to an attraction that is a little boat that goes around Monte Igueldo showing you some amazing views, and of course, enjoy La Concha beach. I recommend these three activities totally, especially if they only go for a weekend, like me.

San Sebastian is one of the most popular places in Spain to visit during the summer and receives visitors from all over the world.

What was your favorite food dish there?

San Sebastián is known as the capital of pinchos or pintxos (in the Euskera language), in the Basque Country. The pinchos are like small tapas that are eaten on a bread and a stick is placed to hold them. I can not name my favorite dish, because I lost count of all the skewers that I ate. That if a place to eat the famous pinchos is called Taberna Lete and is located on Calle 31 de Agosto, in the old part of the city.

Trays of pintxos in the tavern Lete.

Another place where I dined very well and at a good price was at the Ubarrechena restaurant, located on Calle Mayor, also in the Old Town.

Nothing better than to accompany your pintxos with a white wine of the house or a red of summer in the tavern Lete.

Where did you stay? (If it’s a hotel, name and location)

Like all young “on a budget” I stay in a boarding house called Aussie. I really do not recommend it. Although, it is located in a very central place and was very well priced, the bathrooms are shared and upon arrival, our reservation did not appear. The owner of the hostel was friendly and luckily she had a room available and we were able to stay there. My suggestion for you in question of accommodation would be to rent an Airbnb or hotels near the center.

Main Square of Donostia-San Sebastian located in the old part of the city.

Would you come back? Why?

I would go back every year, if I could. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been. It is a mixture of Capri in Italy with the Basque / Spanish culture.

San Bizente Eliza Catholic Church of San Sebastián.

Could you give advice to someone who plans to visit that place for the first time?

I recommend you stay in the Old Town of San Sebastian, near Boulevard Zumardia, since it will connect you directly to La Concha, it has many restaurants, and there are also different bars to enjoy the nightlife.

In the background you can see the beach Zurriola hondartza.

La mejor tempoarada para visitar la ciudada es en el verano (Junio-Septiembre). Para llegar desde Madrid o Barcelona les recomiendo ir en tren o en bus. Yo fui en un bus premium con la compania ALSA y lo recomiendo totalmente. No es necesario tener visado ni vacunas para visitar la ciudad después de su llegada a España.

Here I leave a video of my trip to San Sebastian.