Trip Start Aug 03, 2012
20Trip End Aug 14, 2012
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I took a taxi to my hotel (Hotel San Sebastian) and was told I could not check in before noon. They kept my luggage and I headed down to the beach. I changed into my bikini and went for a swim in the Bisqaya Bay :-) Since I didn't have a towel I stood upright drying afterwards ;-) Did some stretching as well so I looked real sporty :p
On my way back to the hotel I had two pintxos in a bar for lunch! I checked in and it was nice to stay in a hotelroom with aircondition, space and real windows
I had lunch at La Perla restaurant which has been recommended by the Michelin guide but only the a la carte-menu probably - but hey! it's the same kitchen that cooks the hamburgers, innit?? After lunch I did some research to get to know where the shopping-area was. I found a lot of boutiques with a lot of sale and a lot of shoes! Heaven! I didn't have any money though as I'd left them in my hotelroom (sensible and silly). I went back (quite a long walk actually..) and freshened up ;-) This time I took a bus to the cathedral - right in the middle of all the shops :-) I couldn't find any of the shops I had seen earlier though... Argh!! Well, as you figure there are quite a lot of shops in SS!
I had some pintxos instead :-) Eating is very important when your in a gastronomical city as SS! I asked what the bartender recommended as there are so many to choose between: I got a piece of bread with iberian ham, baby-octopus (??? looked like one!) and prawn. All marinated in garlic. I also chose one pintxo all by myself: bolla de carne - a round croquette with meat and mashed potato?.. I must admit I don't always know what I eat or order... :p
I went to the old part of the city and strolled around, had a drink in a bar, strolled some more. The streets are packed with tourists, who all seem to be either Spanish or French. It was a very good atmosphere :-) I saw the amazing sunset.. Very romantic ;-)
I highly recommend San Sebastián as I think it got everything you need: a nice beach, good shopping, bars with nice pintxos and such a good atmosphere when everyone'a standing outside in the street eating and drinking and chatting away! I suppose there are mueums and other sites to visit as well, but I didn't get to see any but a cathedral from the outside.