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“Best Tapas and Breathtaking Views”

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4 reviews
37 helpful votes
“Best Tapas and Breathtaking Views”
Reviewed January 6, 2006

Spain is one of the my favorite countries. In 2004, we went to Pamplona for the running of the bulls. Before the running, we stopped at a city a little further north called San Sabastian. It was an unplanned stop but turned out to be a gem. San Sabastian is beautiful. Beach, mountain, and to top it off, worlds best tapas. There are several streets in the center of the town that's lined with tapas places. You can't go wrong with any of them. We went tapas hopping one night. If you like seafood, make sure you try ink squid.
On the day this picture is taken, we took a short stroll to see the beach. Afterwards, we bought several bottles of wine, manchego cheese, olives, anchovies, Jamon Serrano (local ham) and some bread and had a great picnic. Just as we started to eat, a fog swept over the area. It was amazing to lose visibility completely in 5 minutes. And just as fast, the fog drifted away. Luckily, my travel companions did not finish eating all the food on the table.
If you go to San Sabastian in July, make sure you line up a hotel or hostel. There is a lot of spill over from the running of the bulls.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Beautiful San Sebastian”
Reviewed September 27, 2004

San Sebastian is a beautiful city. Bilbao is not as pretty-more industrialized. Everything-from trains to buses-run on a very prompt schedule. When travelling by train you have three (3) minutes exactly to get on/off (including any luggage) the train, between major stops-so check out your destinations beforehand. Cabs will only carry luggage in the trunk, none inside their cars (most are Mercedes in San Sebastian) and only up to four people. Basque region & Spain are not cheap-you can expect to pay almost $2 US dollars for a Coke. Overall, the people are nice, the scenery beautiful & lots & lots of history!

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Seattle, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
14 reviews
35 helpful votes
“The Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea”
Reviewed August 9, 2004

Donostia-San Sebastián, on the Basque coast, offers one a chance to spend some time at one of the best coastal resorts in all of Spain. This Belle Epoque city on the Bay of Vizcaya offers breathtaking views from nearly every angle. During the long summer days you can sun bathe on it's beautiful white sand beaches of La Concha, Ondarreta and La Zurriola facing the Cantabrian Sea, while at night the famous Pintxos bars in the old quarter (Parte Vieja) await your visit.

The city is also host to the famous International Jazz festival (Jazzaldia) during the month of July, followed by their equally popular International film festival in September.

For more information on Donostia-San Sebastián, you can visit the Basque Government’s home page [---], or download a free copy of the popular Maribel’s Guide to The Basque Country to get a complete listing of what to see and what to expect in this “Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea”.

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“Donostia is great”
Reviewed July 19, 2004

You must come to Donostia and see and enjoy this great part of the Basque Country. You´ll have: beaches, see, mountains, restaurants (we're famous just because our meals),... Beautiful places to visit during the day: such as Zarauz, Getaria, Hondarribia and San Juan. A lot of nightlife to have fun. Come and enjoy yourself with us.

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