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Donostia-San Sebastian Greeters

San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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smoakie wrote a review Oct 2018
Charleston, South Carolina5 contributions7 helpful votes
My husband and I recently celebrated our 20th anniversary in Spain. We visited San Sebastian and had the good fortune of discovering "San Sebastian Donostia Greeters, a volunteer group that offers city tours. Our tour guide was Bere who oriented us to the city pointing out important buildings, the port and beach, popular local cuisine spots and other points of interest. He shared a lot of history about the city as well as many interesting facts. Bere is a local and he actually ran into his cousin and a friend on the city tour which was fun. I would recommend San Sebastian Donostia Greeters and Bere as a guide. Although they don't charge a set price, if you enjoy your tour a donation is appreciated.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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jlriback wrote a review Sep 2017
New York City, New York3 contributions3 helpful votes
I am a Big Apple Greeter in New York City. Yesterday, our new friend and San Sebastián Greeter, Maite Reparaz, took my wife and me on a walk through her beautiful city, providing insight to life in San Sebastián, and offering wonderful detail on the history and culture of Basque Spain and the city, and great pointers on neighborhoods to visit and the best places to eat, shop, and explore. It was a wonderful introduction to San Sebastián on our first full day in the city, made possible by a truly wonderful Greeter. We can't wait to return the favor when Maite visits New York.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Jomumjo wrote a review Aug 2017
Sydney, Australia21 contributions9 helpful votes
Esther from San Sebastian Greeters brought the old city alive for my daughter and I. As a volunteer guide she gave up her time to take us on a walking tour for about two hours. She pointed out interesting places and facts that we were unlikely to find in a guide book. The greeters program is a personal take on a city by a local. I highly recommend the program in San Sebastian and elsewhere.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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HappyinHK888 wrote a review Jul 2016
Hong Kong, China154 contributions163 helpful votes
I am SO GRATEFUL to out wonderful host/greeter Jorge (and Anxton whom I met a year ago). Please be a visitor and not a lister - i.e.. echoing off boxes of what to see and eat. This is a wonderful and rich culture, friendly with a great sense of humor. This organization pairs you with the right greeter so that you have the best way to meander the town while indulging your interests, get to know a real life Basque, how your greeter grew up, what they care about and secrets of this overly touristed town. You fill in a request on the San Sebastian greeter's website citing your dates of arrival, availability; and your interests. My last trip 18months ago with wonderful Anxton involved a lot of pinxtos and txacoli; this trip, Jorge gave my husband and I quick glimpses of two member's only Gastronomic Societies. The second of which was the uber-exclusive head office of all the societies - Gastronimizvo Esukal at the top of a hill in Parte Vieja, with stunning carved effigies of women on the roof's crossbeams (check out photos). Jorge gave us cool info on the city as well as origins of Basque language, the current economy and a quickie walk through Parte Vieja and 3-bar pinxto tour - all in 2.5 hours which we'd asked for. But PLEASE donate fairly to San Seb Greeters online, again on the website, as it does amazing work. The greeters themselves are volunteers, so its fair to take them for drinks and pay for their meal though they never ask for anything.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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krugman wrote a review May 2016
Lafayette, Louisiana115 contributions24 helpful votes
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We had the pleasure of a personal tour of the old town of Donostia. ..... also better known as San Sebastian. Our guide, Jose Manuel , met us in front of the tourist office and off we went on a great rample through the narrow streets and alleyways of thus delightful town. After visiting the various historical places we were then taken for a hike up the nearby hill which afforded us a great view of the harbour , the two beaches and the pretty island in the middle of the bay. We ended up at lunch in a real old authentic restaurant in the Old City where Jose Manuel showed us...on his ipad... plenty of other great ideas for tours and excursions. A great introduction to this delightful town.
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Date of experience: May 2016
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