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Where is San Sebastian like?

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Where is San Sebastian like?

Saw San Sebastian on a Rick Stein programme last year and thought it looked amazing. Also just been voted one of the top food destinations in the world by Which Holiday magazine.

We might be going as a couple or with our 2 sons who will be 15 and 18 - they are well used to city breaks but I am just wondering where else is it like?

We do not speak Spanish at all - will that be a drawback?


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1. Re: Where is San Sebastian like?

This question came up last year:


It is also twinned with Plymouth and many other cities around the world. I don't know what criteria need to be filled for a city to be a 'twin'.

You don't need to speak Spanish as many people will speak English and/or French and Basque. Some few simple phrases would come in handy though.

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All the people connected with the tourist business speak English.

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3. Re: Where is San Sebastian like?

My wife compared it to a combination of Paris and Cape May, New Jersey. Assuming you've never been to New Jersey, think of a smaller, and upscale, beach town. Mix a little bit of city flare in there, and you have San Sebastian. Quiet, but still booming, if that is possible.

I do know that it has been our favorite place we've visited so far in our travels.

As for English, you'll be fine. Learn a few spanish or basque words, to be friendly, then ask if they speak english in spanish or basque. A simple "kai-show" (hello, in basque) can go a long way.

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